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Do I need an MD-only recommendation letter?

Local-Chef

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    I noticed that many of my friends/peers have letters from MDs they shadowed or knew. My lab PI is an MD/PhD and wrote me a recommendation, but he has had no time with me in the clinic so his recommendation is entirely research-focused. Likewise, all my other recommendations are from PhDs in sciences or humanities.

    Should I reach out to an MD I shadowed for a LOR? I'm worried that my application is at a disadvantage because it doesn't specifically say anything clinical-related. Only research/didactic related.
     

    Blazers_33

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      not necessary, unless the school requires a physician letter, which I think very few MD schools do. I don't think I applied to a single one that required a physician letter. just focus on meeting the school requirements with letter writers that will give you solid recommendations, if the MD you shadowed would write a really good one then go for it

      lots of DO schools require a physician letter, whether MD or DO
       
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        Should I reach out to an MD I shadowed for a LOR?
        MD schools historically requiring a clinical or physician shadowing letter:
        USUHS, Seton Hall, AZx2, RFU, Utah. UCDavis recommends one.

        Otherwise, only if your school committee letter requires one.
         
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          MD schools historically requiring a clinical or physician shadowing letter:
          USUHS, Seton Hall, AZx2, RFU, Utah. UCDavis recommends one.

          Otherwise, only if your school committee letter requires one.
          Gotcha- Do you think it would help my application to have that MD letter behind me though? Or do you think it wouldn't make a difference
           

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            Gotcha- Do you think it would help my application to have that MD letter behind me though? Or do you think it wouldn't make a difference
            No, it won't affect your candidacy. What are they going to say about you? Came on time. Dressed neatly. Stood quietly. Asked a good question or three at an appropriate time.
             
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