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How many LOR's are enough?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Flymm, May 15, 2007.

  1. Flymm

    Flymm 10+ Year Member

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    The real question is how many LOR's and what kind of LOR's is enough?

    I already have 2 science and 2 non science LOR's who I think liked me alot and I had extensive interaction with. I could probably get another letter from a doctor I have shadowed and seems to like me alot, but do I already have enough to say "enough is enough?"
     
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  3. prionsRbad

    prionsRbad Mooooo 5+ Year Member

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    It really depends on the school, as I have found out in the past couple of weeks. Most schools list on their website how many LOR's and what kind they require. I'd say that on average, 2 from a science professor (or 1 committee letter), 1 from non-science professor and 1 from a doctor (MD or DO) is definitely sufficient!

    Again, check with the schools your applying to.

    Good luck! :luck:
     
  4. gsmithers68

    gsmithers68 2+ Year Member

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    I had 8... and I sent in about 5 to each school... couple from science profs... one from my PI of my lab... couple from doctors... one from a history prof and then one from a community service leader for a program I am in.
     
  5. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    So for most schools, the committee letter only takes the place of your two science prof letters? What if the committee is made up of science profs, non-science profs, and community physicians?
     
  6. InNotOf

    InNotOf Member 7+ Year Member

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    Do letters from PIs qualify as ones from science faculty?
     
  7. Flymm

    Flymm 10+ Year Member

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    I take that:

    "We do not encourage that students submit supplemental letters of recommendation"

    means no doctors?
     
  8. brianmartin

    brianmartin 10+ Year Member

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    2 science + 2 non-science is fine. Most schools require 2-3 academic. It will help to include one from a non-academic source such as a supervisor from a clinical work situation.

    Then those are your letters. At my school, all my letters go in the comittee letter.

    This means, "please do not submit 15 letters from every professor you've ever taken a class from. We will not read them and it will not help you."
     
  9. paranoid_eyes

    paranoid_eyes 2+ Year Member

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    5 is usually a good number, with two frm science, two frm non-science and one from an EC advisor
     
  10. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

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    Usually not, unless you also took a class with them. These are supposed to be people who saw you in an academic learning setting, not a research/lab setting. I would use the research as one of your extra EC letters (a lot of schools ask for a letter from someone who knew you in a non-academic setting - research supervisor would work)
     
  11. silverlining1

    silverlining1 7+ Year Member

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    I know this is a very non-concrete question, but if I've done research in a lab for 1 1/2 years, would it "look bad" if I don't submit a letter of recommendation from the PI? I intend to get one from him, but if a school only allows so many, I have other activities/classes that I have valued more than my research, and I would rather submit letters from those.

    If it matters, my order of importance for how much I value each experience:
    --upper division bio prof/my advisor
    --Spanish prof
    --Psych prof I worked with as a TA
    --bio prof I worked with as a TA
    --physics prof
    --research PI

    I have stuck with research for a while, but I can't say I love it. I think my PI would write a very nice letter for me, but I think the other letters miiight be better.

    Now that I've typed that out... should I avoid having two recommendations relating to TAing?
     
  12. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

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    Get all 6 and pick and choose based on the school. Research heavy school - send one TA and one research, other schools - both TA.

    I had 6 letters in my file and picked for each school, some I sent all 6 to.
     
  13. enigma85

    enigma85 7+ Year Member

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    Depends how extensive your research was. If you averaged 20 hours/week for 1.5 years in this lab, then, yes, it will raise eyebrows if you do not have a letter from your PI. These words are directly from the mouth of an Admissions Dean at my college's medical school.
     
  14. silverlining1

    silverlining1 7+ Year Member

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    5-10 hours/wk, 3 abstracts, no publications yet, but working towards an honors thesis. It's not a priority for me, but it is a good experience.
     

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