Just emailed a professor from 8 years ago for a LOR, lol....

Feb 15, 2010
35
0
0
Status
Pre-Medical
Wish me luck! I am really hoping she will remember! I am the spouse of the one wanting to go to med school, but I guess I have more time for these forums then he does since I am a WAHM!

Anyways, I just emailed his professor from 8 years ago asking for a letter of recommendation. We will see how that goes! Jason did receive a scholarship via her personal nomination as well as won a department-wide art competition, so I am hoping she can dust of the braincells and remember him.

Oh and incase I sound like a nutcase, I was a student of hers too, we were in class together, so I figured it was forgiveable to ask on his behalf. Hes just so busy working, school, volunteering....getting in to med school is more than a full time job!

Anyways....have no one else who understands the miles and miles of hoops to jump through to apply to med school except for here, so I was just excited that I may be able to cross one little thing off the hubby's list!

tracy
 

Dianyla

in denial
10+ Year Member
May 26, 2006
1,404
11
251
41
Portland, OR
Status
Pre-Medical
I can't speak for the professor in question, but I think I'd be much more disturbed by someone requesting the LOR on their spouse's behalf than the fact that it was 8 years ago.
 

mspeedwagon

7+ Year Member
Oct 20, 2009
2,097
450
181
Florida
Status
Medical Student
I had the same thought when I read this. Why should I take the time to write the LOR if the person can't even take the time to request it? However, what is done is done. Best of luck OP.


I can't speak for the professor in question, but I think I'd be much more disturbed by someone requesting the LOR on their spouse's behalf than the fact that it was 8 years ago.
 

mooshika

Removed
Jan 13, 2010
312
0
0
Status
Pre-Medical
I tend to agree... I occasionally get a request from a student from yonder past for some thing or another and if it was from a spouse, especially for med school I would find it odd and wonder if the spouse was going to be taking his classes for him as well, then writing his prescriptions and assessments later on. lol.

He must be a really, really nice guy!
 
OP
A
Feb 15, 2010
35
0
0
Status
Pre-Medical
Wow? Really. Guess I was way off base. If it redeems it, my husband and I were students of hers together, even close to friends, we had dinner with her and her husband the night of graduation. Maybe I was out of line but it just seemed okay since i knew her just as well as her did.

I would never, ever send a letter to any of his other professors, she was just a special case. :eek:
 
Mar 12, 2010
91
0
0
Status
I can't speak for the professor in question, but I think I'd be much more disturbed by someone requesting the LOR on their spouse's behalf than the fact that it was 8 years ago.

This.

I would also be appalled if my spouse did this.
 

NTF

Moderator Emeritus
10+ Year Member
Jul 1, 2008
1,836
63
271
Status
Attending Physician
Ignoring the "acting as your spouse's proxy" thing for the moment, I'd also worry about getting an LOR from someone who knew him 8 years ago. Good LOR's contain SPECIFICS and with the number of students that professors see in the course of 8 years I'd worry that you'd only get a letter full of bland generalities. Better to get LORs from someone recent - preferably in the last 3 years or less. Plus, many medical schools will weigh standard LORs from >5 years ago less than a recent one.
 
OP
A
Feb 15, 2010
35
0
0
Status
Pre-Medical
I appreciate the advice. I realize it is a letter from a professor a long time ago, but I figured that since that was his major of his previous degree (graphic design), and his main teacher, that it would say something about him then, at least study habits, leadership, etc. He was also planning to get one from his old boss from when he was working as a graphic designer for the past 4 years.

And yes...SORRY! I guess my actions are sooo appalling! I support my husband in getting into medical school 150% and we, although he is the one going - not me, I know, it really is a team effort, especially when there is a family involved. Like I said before, I would never email his chemistry professor of something like that, this was a mutual friend/professor, and YES my husband was totally aware of it.

Geesh. I feel like I did something horrible :( Anyways. Don't worry all other requests will come from him from his current professors as well as the hospice director where he volunteers from.

Ok. Sorry. I really love these forums. He loves me reading them and filling him in, but between work, school, volunteering, studying for the MCAT, being a dad - he is too busy to hang here :)
 

ArkansasRanger

10+ Year Member
Feb 9, 2009
1,504
5
0
Arkansas
Status
Pre-Medical
Hmmmm

I wonder if you emailed a notable politician, Bill Clinton maybe, and said you met eight years ago at a fundraiser or something and was told "if you ever need anything just let me know" that a recommendation would be elicited. I wonder if Bubba could get you into med school.

I stopped a state senator a while back and saved him from a little embarassment by not citing him nor running him on the radio so everyone in scanner land wouldn't realize I had pulled him over. He was highly grateful as it would've technicially been reckless driving with a towed vehicle, mandatory court appearance, and hefty fine. He said, upon letting him go, "if you ever need anything, let me know."

;)
 

montessori2md

Member
10+ Year Member
Oct 1, 2005
730
2
241
40
On the Road Again
Status
Resident [Any Field]
The only reason I would want to read an LOR from someone you hadn't seen for 8 years was if you were in a field hospital with him as a medic saving lives in combat.

No way anything you did in a classroom 8 years ago means jack.
 

FrkyBgStok

10+ Year Member
Aug 7, 2005
4,726
590
281
Midwest
Status
Resident [Any Field]
also don't med schools really want LORs from hard science professors?
 
Apr 13, 2010
42
0
0
Status
Pre-Pharmacy
Personally, I think you should collect all the LOR you can from all your professor. If you feel the click with your professor from eight years, then I asked why not ? . Nothing top's off great LOR from college professor. I must oppose my post if the letter was from high school professor. :)
 

sindadel

10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Aug 22, 2008
655
20
151
Status
Attending Physician
Don't feel too bad. I think for the future he should request his own LOR's but it does sound in this specific instance like you were all quite friendly and it is probably ok.

Also, I had a fantastic LOR from 10 years before I applied to med school. It made me sound like I walk on water.