I just never had a good a reason to talk to the my professors, but I'll just start going to office hours to ask about the material. Yes, for the volunteer hours. I start volunteering for a mentorship program next month, but as of now I have 0 hours. I'm hoping working as a phlebotomist counts as clinical hours?
Thank you for the advice
That's a good idea and I'll try to take a professor I have now next semester. I've had the highest grade in a few classes since I started at this university (2 times with the same professor). I've only talked about my grades with them, but nothing else. So I'll start asking questions about the material and try to develop a relationship that way. I just don't want to seem as if I'm another a pre-med student trying to get a lor.
I mean, at the end of the day, you are another pre med student trying to get a lor and that is completely fine. Part of being a professor is writing recommendations. One thing that works really well when talking to professors is to ask them about their area of research (if they are currently conducting research) as that is definitely an area of interest for them. Maybe another lor could come from the person who is overseeing your research.
There are a couple of things you can do to work on a letter. The first one is participate in class. Don't be the guy in the back with earbuds in, move to the front or close to the front and when the prof asks a question shoot your hand up.
The point about research is spot on, most profs that are doing research do it because they love it, just as often they love to talk about it. Something that was suggested to me, but I didn't follow, is approach your prof at the beginning of the semester and let them know you hope to earn a letter from them. This separates you from the sea of students that will email the prof in 6 months and ask for a letter. Your prof will be able to talk about you instead of just saying psychtx got an A and didn't stand out in any negative way.
DO school's love a DO letter.
MD schools regard physician LOE's as fluff.
If you are a TX resident I do not recommend an OOS MD application. Only 193 of 3870 TX applicants left the state last year! Many DO schools will accept any physician letter, but I'm sure they would prefer DO.I've only shadowed two MD's, but I have time to find a DO to shadow. If I apply in Utah or Arizona I will get a clinical letter, if I can.
Are DO schools are ok with letters from MD's or would that be a bad idea?
OOS DO is fine.Wow, that's a small number. I had planned on applying to DO schools out of state because of my gpa. I think tx only has one DO school. Do you think applying to at least a few out of state would give me a better chance or just stick to all Texas schools?