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how many letters for REc from dentists do you need? thanks

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by amoxicillin, Apr 21, 2004.

  1. amoxicillin

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    those who got accepted -- how many did you have? thanks
     
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  3. ecdoesit

    ecdoesit DDS/MS
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    I had none from a dentist.
    But I have 2 science, 1 non-science and 1 employer.
    I guess they wrote good stuff about me.
     
  4. critterbug

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    I had one from a dentist.
     
  5. munbue

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    Well, I didn't have any. I had one from my physics teacher, one from nutrition teacher, one from EKG teacher, and one from a buddy who is a family practice physician....I now know it's not true, but I was told that schools didn't care for recommendations from any doctors. Oh well, I think as long as there good it doesn't really matter.
     
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    oops, sorry, i misread the question.

    LOR requirement is different from school to school. You should check their website to be sure. Most likely, I would say 2 science (ask them to define science too, cos in one sch engineering is not science while psychology is.) and 1 extra. LLU requires a religious leader. Some schools require dentist and/or employer. They basically want someone who knows u well. They want to see how other people perceive you in addition to your stats.
     
  7. ToothMonkey

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    What school counts psych as a science?
     
  8. critterbug

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    I think Baylor requires one from a dentist
     
  9. busdriver

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    i know that unlv requires one from a dentist and ohio state requires proof that you've shadowed a dentist for about 20 hours (20 or 30). the ohio state one isn't really a rec letter...but the dentist is supposed to fill it out as well.
     
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    On a related note. How much weight do you think a letter of recommendation froma dentist has over other recommendations?? Does it stand out over others? :confused:
     
  11. The Musketeer

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    I don't think so. In order for the LOR to stand out, the person who is writing it, whether it may be a professor or a dentist, must have an in-depth knowledge about you - your personality, skills, motivation, academic standing, etc, so that they can write a detail LOR about YOU.

    Reputation will mean nothing if that person or dentist does not know you who writes a brief, impersonal letter. However, adcom will likely to remember a LOR which provides detail and personal information about you - even if it might not have come from a dentist.
     
  12. tina4281

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    i got 6 letters because i applied to 15 schools and they all had different requirements.

    2 research mentors
    1 english prof
    1 biochem prof
    1 molecular bio prof
    1 dentist
     
  13. Woodsy

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    i didn't have any.

    To be honest you don't need any letter of rec from a dentist as most schools don't even look at that. Usually 3 profs are good enough/.
     
  14. SillyRabbit

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    Yeah, I didn't have any LORs from dentists either.
     
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    What does religion have to do with your chances of getting into that school?

    You have to believe in GOD?
     
  16. ShawnOne

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    I had one from a dentist i shadowed (my mentor). Probably my best letter.
     
  17. ecdoesit

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    I believe they are the 7th day adventists school.

    http://www.llu.edu/welcome.htm?PHPSESSID=952e3ef89bbb900c94bf021fcb9d6de7

    Religion is part of their curriculum, even though they dont require anyone to be a 7th day adventist. They have some questions on your spiritual belief on their secondaries too. I wish I know about this before I apply.

    EC
     
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    I don't think a letter by a dentist is necessarily required, but if you think you can get a good letter from a dentist you shadowed or will shadow then I highly recommend it. An insightful letter (one should be enough) from a dentist will give the admissions committee more of an idea that you really took time to explore and volunteer in the dental field. Professor's recommendation letters usually evaluate your academic abilities more than anything else. A dentist however can assess how enthusiastic you are about the field, your patient-communication skills, and perhaps even hand skills (he may let you help out a bit with certain procedures). On the other hand, I agree with the previous responses in that if you get a very general letter that doesn't say much about you, it won't help you much. Just my two cents though. Best of luck.
     

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