1. The SDN iPhone App is back and free through November! Get it today and please post a review on the App Store!
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice

Interview Feedback: Visit Interview Feedback to view and submit interview information.

Interviewing Masterclass: Free masterclass on interviewing from SDN and Medical College of Georgia

Generic letters of recommendation?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by polaris5, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. polaris5

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2011
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    When I ask my professors in the future for a letter of recommendation, should I ask for a generic letter of recommendation because I am applying to both medical schools and masters programs (in the case that I don't get into medical schools)? And also there might be a few summer internship programs that require rec letters as well. I don't want to feel like I'm bugging them with all the different rec letters.
    Has anyone been in a similar position? What should I do?
    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. vc7777

    vc7777 Nontrad MD/MS Resident
    Rocket Scientist Physician Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2009
    Messages:
    3,566
    Likes Received:
    278
    MDApps:
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    IMHO, generic = mediocrity. Either you are all-in or you are shooting yourself in the foot. It sounds like you may not even be sure about medicine? This should be your focus.

    These letters should be critically evaluating your ability to perform in medical school and beyond based on the letter writers' interactions with you. Good letters are not vague and "generic".

    You should be up-front and honest and explain that you are interested in possibly a few letters, depending on the outcome. But for now, you just need the medical school letter.

    In short, from a purely medical school admissions perspective, you should have all your letters specifically directed towards medicine. Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.

    Good luck.
     
  4. RookTookIt

    RookTookIt SDN Lifetime Donor
    Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Messages:
    488
    Likes Received:
    28
    Status:
    Medical Student
    I applied to some SMPs and they all accepted composite letters that had been written for med school.
     

Share This Page