Choosing a Health Profession
Allied Health Program
How to Prepare
Prepare Health File
Prepare App. & Interview
Testing & Applications
Choose a Medical School
International Med Schools
Letters of Recommendation
An important part of your application consists of faculty recommendations. The faculty recommendations are also forwarded to medical schools. It is your job to solicit the strongest possible faculty recommendations.
You should obtain three faculty recommendations; two from science faculty members and a non-science faculty member who taught you in a classroom setting. Decide who might best be able to support your application for medical school. A recommendation from a faculty member in your major field of study can be very useful, as can one from a research director or major advisor.
Ask for a recommendation in person. Sit down with the faculty member to discuss your credentials and your application. Make sure the evaluator will be able to support your application (i.e., ask if the person will be able to write you a good letter). Provide your evaluator with a copy of your transcript, and resume (and any additional information such as an essay and photo, if available). In addition, if you have written a paper or have done a piece of work for the evaluator, bring a copy of that work as an aid to memory.
Ask your evaluators for a recommendation as soon as possible and allow four to six weeks for them to be written. Preparing careful evaluations takes time, so rushing your evaluator is not productive. Finish your part early so that your evaluation can be completed.
Recommendations should be sent directly to the Health Professions Advisor’s Office. You may check to see if they have arrived at any time. However, it is up to you to check with the faculty member if they have not been received, in order to provide the necessary reminder. Once a recommendation is written and received, it is thoughtful to relay a note of thanks to your evaluator.
Letters of recommendation from non-faculty members should be on their own letterhead and addressed "TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN." Do not ask non-faculty members to use the standard faculty evaluation forms. These outside letters of recommendation should be sent to the Health Professions Advisor and will be sent to the professional schools along with the other recommendations. We will only send four letters of recommendation (the three required--two sciences, a non-science and one optional.)
In accordance with the Policy on Family Educational Rights and Privacy, you have the right to read your letters of recommendation. If you choose to exercise that right, you may review your recommendations. However, admissions’ committees consider confidential letters much more seriously, and for that reason, it is strongly recommended that you waive your right to access on the waiver form and on each recommendation form. If you do not waive your right to access, we are obliged to inform both those who write on your behalf and admissions committees that your letters are not confidential. The decision to waive or not to waive this right requires your signature.
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