An e-mail to all residents from the program director-- i.e., our boss--
"Just wanted to let everyone know about a Lupus Walk I'm doing next weekend. Would like to invite everyone to check out the website and hopefully donate a few dollars for the cause. Thanks.
Also, if anyone wants to make an appointment to talk about their fellowship recommendation letter, let me know."
Of course it's all well-meaning, but is there not a little bit of coercion when your boss asks you to donate to a cause-- and then mentions those fellowship recommendation letters in the same e-mail??