letters of recommendation

  1. G

    LOR questions - science faculty and physician letter?

    1) My school doesn't have a neuroscience department, but my major has an emphasis in neuro that I took psychopharmacology and cognitive neuroscience for (both in the psych department). In terms of LOR, could these count as science faculty? I asked my pre-med advisor and he said it depends on the...
  2. ChipSkylarkxxxshinyteeth

    Professors are letting me draft my own Letters of Rec before they add their own sauce!!!

    I’d like to say that I’m in a pretty lucky however stressful situation where two of my professors I reached out to for LOR’s from are actually suggesting that I write the bulk of the letters myself. Has anyone else been in this same situation? If yes I need your help, and if not then I STILL...
  3. L

    Letters from Course Professors vs PIs

    I decided recently to apply to MSTP programs this cycle and I realized that although I will have 4 great letters of recommendation from labs that I've worked in and doctors that I have shadowed, I have not established any relationship with course professors. And I know that most MSTP programs...
  4. ToothyBoi

    Getting Letters of Rec While Reapplying

    In the event that I have to reapply, I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about getting more letters of recommendation. I could apply for a Master's degree. However, I don't really want to pursue this for two years, although it would be partly due to be able to get more letters of rec...
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    How do you get to know professors?

    I am asking specifically for getting LOR's. I go to a really large Uni, 40k + students, and all my classes have 300+ students in them. My professors don't really know me except for when I get a nice 100% on their exam and they call out my name in the next class period. I never go to office...
  6. Miracle_Fruit

    Unfortunate error with AMCAS LORs

    Hi all, Here's the backstory: - I submitted all of my letters of recommendation 6/10/2018. - Received confirmation email from AMCAS stating they received all my letters. - Submitted all secondaries end of August. - Get an email today, saying that one of the letters was not received. - Call...
  7. C

    Letters of recommendations from physicians after gap year(s)

    Hi there, It's been a few years since I've worked with two particular physicians who I'd like to request letters of recommendation from. I've stayed in contact, but my question is - would it be preferable to have a more recent physician letter of recommendation? I ask because I think these...
  8. G

    Letters of recommendation for rural students

    Any rural or frontier med area students had success in getting your letters? I have already searched the forums and couldn't find anything specific to my situation. I am struggling to obtain letters of recomendation. I have one but need more some schools require 3 some 5. We live in a rural ...
  9. J

    Submitting secondary without LORs?

    I have a total of 6 LOR (3 from professors and 3 from work/volunteer experience). However I am still waiting on 1 science professor. For schools that recommend 2 sci/1 nonsci letters, should I submit the 1 sci/1 nonsci + 3 work letters now so I am complete? Or should I wait to submit all 6 together?
  10. M

    General Admissions & OTCAS Letters of recommendation advice. About to leave job.

    Hi everyone, I am about to leave my job to focus on my prerequisites for OT school. My superior is someone I wanted to ask a LOR from. I have already mentioned it in passing last year. I won't be applying for OT school or a while (perhaps another year/cycle) since it will take some time for me...
  11. M

    Question about asking for a letter of rec for internship at a practicum I'm starting next week.

    Hi all, I was looking for your expertise on a question regarding a letter of rec for my predoctoral internship. I am starting a practicum next week and I'm planning to apply to internship this year (2018-2019). Would it be appropriate to ask my supervisor to write a letter of rec for...
  12. H


    My letter of rec from my dentist is not on letterhead. I asked him and he doesn't have one. For those of you with a similar experience, what did you do? Is there like a template one you can give them? Do you create your own? Help! (I'm using Interfolio btw) Thanks!!
  13. S

    Letters of rec MD/PhD

    Good afternoon SD! I am an overrepresented minority at a small state school. Major: Biological engineering & philosophy Masters: Biomechanical Engineering (concurrent to BS) MCAT: 527 I am planning to apply to manly upper teir MD/PhD programs this coming 2019 cycle. I was wondering if anyone...
  14. R

    Early Letters of Recommendation

    Hey everybody. This is my first post. When it comes to asking for letters of recommendation very early (2 years before applying), what should I ask my professors? It is far too early for them to send it through AMCAS. So should I ask if they will send it to me, or hope that they write it now and...
  15. T

    I sent more LORs than the maximum for a school on AMCAS, what do I do?

    Hi there, I may have done this for more than one school by accident, but in the section of the AMCAS primary that asks you to check the boxes for what letters to send to each medical school applied to, I checked "ALL" for all of them, since they are all good letters and they will all be...
  16. J

    Letters of Recommendation Question

    Hi! I began asking for LOR in April and have secured 5 but am still looking for my nonscience letter. I asked to schedule a meeting to discuss a letter via email with a Psychology professor I took a class and did research with, but she did not respond to the initial request or to my second...
  17. P

    Letters of Recommendation for Master's Programs

    I am applying to Master's programs that start fall 2019 and most of them have applications that open between September and January 2019. I have three professors that will be writing letters of recommendations for me who are all currently writing them, but it feels weird having to ask them to...
  18. H

    Mailing Letter of Rec

    Hi, so I am currently trying to get a committee letter as an alumnus from a school I already graduated from, which means that the prehealth office there is going to handle my file and recs for applications. However, I am also trying to get a letter of recommendation from my lab professor at a...
  19. L

    Letters of Rec Requirements for Committee Letter

    Hi everyone! I know some colleges like Albert Einstein require specific LOR's such as 1 from a major professor who taught you, and 1 from a non-major science professor who taught you. However, if I have to send a pre-med committee letter, and that does not include those specific requirements...
  20. student-of-life

    Attended Stanford for undergrad - should I use not well known state school postbac committee letter?

    I attended Stanford for undergrad, taught through TFA, and then worked in edtech for a few years before deciding to become a doctor. As a career changer, I've done most of my pre-req requirements over the past 1.5 years at a local state school, which is now offering to write me a committee...
  21. F

    Quick Question about Letters of Recommendation

    I just found out about Interfolio which is very useful for the post bacc programs that I'm applying this summer. But since I'm a senior and I see an option on Interfolio to ask for either general or specific letters of recommendation, would it be a good idea to ask my professors to submit a...
  22. madiso30

    Science Letter of Recommendations

    I posted this on pre-MD as well. Just wanted to see some other opinions. Pretty much all schools (DO and MD) require 3 letters, 1 non-science and 2 science. I have a physiology professor, kinesiology (anatomy) professor, and a humanities professor writing me letters (also a my boss from work...
  23. madiso30

    Science Letter of Recommendations

    Pretty much all schools (DO and MD) require 3 letters, 1 non-science and 2 science. I have a physiology professor, kinesiology (anatomy) professor, and a humanities professor writing me letters (also a my boss from work and a DO for DO schools). My question is, does the kinesiology count towards...
  24. S

    Asking for rec letter my freshman year

    Hi all! So, I am a freshman about to finish my first year of college. I know for medical school, it is standard that one have two rec letters from a science professor, and one from a non-science professor, as a minimum. I have developed a very close and personal relationship with my English...
  25. ringofkeys

    science LoR requirements

    Does anyone have an updated list of schools' LoR requirements, specifically from science professors? I could only find lists from 2011 or 2012. Also, does anyone know which schools do not require two science professors, or have no preferences for whom the letters are from? I'm currently...
  26. U

    LORs criteria: science/humanities professor vs. lab?

    Main Question - I have seen that the "standard advice" is to have 2 LOR from professors in hard sciences, 1 from professor in humanities, and ≥1 from ECs. • Does a professor whose lab you work in count as a "hard science professor" letter if you never actually took a class with them? I'm...
  27. A

    Confidentiality for LOR with Interfolio

    Hi, I am in the process of obtaining letters of recommendation. I thought to use Interfolio. However, is it alright if I don't select the confidentiality tab in Intefolio ("This request is for a confidential letter or evaluation.") because I want to be able to see the letters? I want to see...
  28. Nappygirl

    Issues with dentist LORs - no signature, no letterhead, no correct spelling

    I have two dentist LORs stored on Interfolio. I called Interfolio and found out that one letter lacks a signature and contact information (letter is not on letterhead). The other letter has my name misspelled. 1. I am afraid that the LOR that is lacking a signature and contact info will be...
  29. H

    Letters of Recommendation from DPM or online course professors?

    Hello! I am trying to prepare everything possible and was wondering if DO schools accept letters of recommendation from doctors of podiatry. I have been scribing for about a year and one of the physicians I worked with was a DPM who could give me a glowing recommendation. I was also wondering...
  30. I

    Letters of Rec for Masters + Med School

    Hey there! I'm a senior at Boston University and I have a few professors/teachers who I believe can write me great recommendations. However, I want to apply for a Masters degree first, and I do not want to expend these recommendations just for my Masters. Would it be appropriate to use a...
  31. 1

    When to ask for med school recommendation letters?

    There's a science professor that I want to ask a letter of recommendation. But I'm afraid it might be too early to ask. But if I ask later, such as in May, she may have a ton of letters to write and may even forget me (hopefully not). I had her last semester but she's not teaching this semester...
  32. drs17

    Pre-PTs: Need help?

    Hey guys! I was accepted this cycle to Duke (eeeek!), and I have created an instagram page and a blog to help out pre-pt students, and document my journey through PT school (and life of course)! I recently started a PTCAS application series on the blog, and so far I have posted about getting...
  33. D

    LoRec help!

    Hi, I'm a nontrad applicant with decent GPA and high MCAT. I attended a great books college for undergrad. The natural science classes at that school involved reading, discussion, and often mathematical demonstration, of works by the greatest scientific authors in history via small-group...
  34. physiogirl2019

    Letters of Rec

    Hey guys! I am currently a junior and I am struggling to find a professor to write one of my LOR. I have 2 coming from the doctors I did research for this summer (both of which are professors/on admissions at my top med school choice). I wanted to know if it would be "frowned upon" to get a...
  35. S

    Submitting Letters of Recommendations for Dental Schools

    Hi everyone, This may be an obvious/redundant question, but I was just wondering how the process of submitting letters of recommendation is when applying to dental schools? When I ask my professors to write one and they agree, do they have to upload it directly on to AADSAS, or would they give...
  36. D

    [SERIOUS] Do LORs Need to *Specifically* Address Why I'm a Good Fit for Medical School?

    Basically what the title says. For the LORs that I send to medical schools, must the letters *explicitly* discuss why I would make a good physician, OR is it sufficient for them to simply discuss my character, work ethic, etc. and let the Adcoms make their own connections as to how those...
  37. aimstosneeze

    How much of a relationship do you need to have with your prof to get a "good" LOR?

    The common advice is to go to office hours and make a good impression. I'm having trouble understanding how much of an impression I need to make. I'm confident all of my professors know who I am. I sit up front and I participate in class. I go to each professor's office hours once or twice. Not...
  38. D

    Asking professors for letters of rec

    Hi, I am taking a few classes at the university for my DIY post bacc. My number 1 objective besides doing well in these classes is to get letters of recommendation from professors however one of these class is taught over the course of the semester by 2 professors with one teaching the first...
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    Can I create a new evaluation request once I submit my AADSAS application? Or are the LORs I have created requests for it once I submit it.
  40. M

    Letters of recommendation Help! Accepted vs. completed?

    Hey guys, All 3 of my letters have finally been submitted. However, 1 is accepted while the other 2 are listed as completed. Any clue what the diff is? Does AADSAS have to process it or something? The 1 accepted was submitted a month ago or so.