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how strict is Mt Sinai on letter requirement?

Discussion in 'Physician Scientists' started by prufrock0880, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. prufrock0880

    prufrock0880 Junior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2006
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    Mt Sinai asks for 3 research LORs, but I only have two long-term (10month and 2.5yr) research experiences. Before submitting, I called the admissions office and the woman I spoke to said it wouldn't be a problem. So I submitted, and I just got an email saying they need a third letter. Some previous posters have said Mt Sinai let them apply with two, and others have said Mt Sinai required all three letters. How can I get into the former catagory? :)
  2. Neuronix

    Neuronix Total nerd
    Staff Member Administrator Physician PhD Faculty Verified Expert 10+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2002
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    Call them again or e-mail them back. Tell them you were told you'd only need 2 letters in the past (if you know who told you that it would be especially helpful). I know you don't want to sound pushy, but you'll have to stand up for yourself on this unless anyone has a magic back door.
  3. Thundrstorm

    10+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2002
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    Medical Student
    I had a similar problem. I was told I only needed 2 letters... but then I was contacted months later and asked for a new research LOR before they would decide to interview me. I was working in a new lab position, so I was able to provide it, but it was really annoying for them to change their story long after I thought I was complete. I would suggest calling back and telling them what the first woman said to you, and just seeing what kind of response you get. And make sure you write down the name of whoever you speak to.

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