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Last minute question--should I include a recommendation letter from a dentist?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by nob01001, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. nob01001

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    i already sent out all the application materials....it just occured to me that I could have inlcuded a recommendation letter from sister who is a dentist (not sure why i didn't think of this any earlier). What do you girls and guys think?
     
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    naw.....dont get a rec letter from a dentist.....its not like you're applying to dental school right? :laugh:
     
  3. duh?

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    It really doesn't matter unless your school specifically requested a dentist-LOR. If you must send one from a dentist, I think it would be more appropriate to get someone who isn't a member of your immediate family. Good luck!
     
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    OH MY GOD, whatever you do, dont EVER include a letter from a dentist. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? a letter from a local ballerina teacher, however, may be more fitting.



    sarcasm (n.): cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound.
     
  5. INFNITE

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    i don't think having a recommendation letter from your sister would be such a good idea.... Still, you should have the normal recommended requirement of I think 2 or 3 science professors or a recommendation letter committee. They want your educational credentials. Adding a dentist's recommendation doesn't hurt but you should not replace a science professor's recommendation letter with it.
     
  6. nob01001

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    thanks for the sarcasm. :D I realize that my question sounded stupid. I should have been more specific: I don't know any dentists well enough to ask for a recommendation letter, except for my sister. Is it a good or bad idea to include a recommendation letter from a family member? Will it carry any weight at schools other than the one my sister attended?
     
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    it will be a bad idea to include a rec letter from an immediate family member. Period.

    obviously your immediate family member will write good things about you.
     
  8. nob01001

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    infnite and duh, thank you for the replies!
     
  9. Sephisabin

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    I agree. Is your sister your dentist? If not, I suggest going to your actual dentist and asking if you can intern with him/her for a while. This will take a few more weeks than asking your sister, but the letter will actually carry some weight. Additionally, your dentist already has some idea of what kind of person you are since you talk to him/her every 6 months (hopefully..). It's a good idea to include a letter from a dentist because the dentist can write about how enthusiastic you are about the dental field... but under no circumstances let that letter come from a family member!!! It just doesn't carry the same weight.
     
  10. nob01001

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    Thanks for the advice, Sephisabin. Unforutunately I don't have an additional couple of weeks to spend shadowing a new dentist (I have always shadowed my sister). I guess I just won't include a letter then :(
     
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    :laugh:
     
  12. -OB-

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    Is your sister married? If her last name is different than yours then YES, have her write you an awsome letter. The Adcoms will never know she is your sister.
     
  13. nob01001

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    hahaha, nope, she's single unfortunately.
     
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    is she hot? If so I'll marry her tommorow and she can write your letter on friday.
     
  15. duh?

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    LOL!
     
  16. darkwing

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    you should ask your sister if she knows any other dentist in the area... im pretty sure she does referrals to a specialist...

     

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