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Another Letter of Recc Question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Giggles411, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. Giggles411

    Giggles411 2+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Hi all,
    I graduated in 2005 and I'm now applying to Medical school this June. Back when I was a 2nd year in Undergrad, I got a letter from a Professor, but it's dated 2003. Is that considered outdated or do you guys think I can still use it. I have a feeling it's most likely a strong letter. I also can't contact her and ask her to change the date because she retired last year. Do you guys think I should use it or just toss it for a more recently dated letter?
    Thanks! :hardy:
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  3. bbabul01

    bbabul01 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    I'd only use it as a last ditch option. If you can find 5 other quality letters, use those. If not, use the old one. Just be sure there is a reason you're using it. Make sure it says something really unique about you that someone else hasn't noted in the more recent 4 years.
  4. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Toss it. I'd submit an LOR that's already a year out of date after some hesitation, but after four years? No. Too old.
  5. Kraazy

    Kraazy 7+ Year Member

    Feb 17, 2007
    If you can get other good letters, forget about this one. Otherwise, I'm sure there's a way you can contact her and get her to update the letter (not just change the date, but add a little bit about what you've been up to lately). Google is a powerful tool...

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