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Letters of Rec

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Premed315U, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. Premed315U

    Premed315U Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2001
    How do you go about asking profs for letters? Do you give them your resume? any other supplemental materials? I'm a junior, applying for scholarships and needs recs. I'll be asking the same people for med school recs in a few months too.

    one of my professors is now at a different school. we keep in touch but i don't see him in person. is it okay to e-mail him even though it's impersonal?
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  3. Kadyra

    Kadyra Will drive for music. 7+ Year Member

    Nov 22, 2001
    Glendale, AZ
  4. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    You should give professors everything about you that is relevant. That said, professors that you ask should not generally need to use this information as they will already know you intimately.
  5. alice

    alice Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    It also helps sometimes to give them ideas of what you want them to say in written form, so that if they chose, they can basically plagarize your own thoughts on yourself. Let me be clear: I don't mean "Please tell them I am competent and enthusiastic." What I mean is something on the order of "I was hoping you might comment to them on my scientific ability and work ethic based on my work in your class" or "Because my other recommenders won't be covering this, perhaps you could say something about the role I play in community X." If you are tactful, they won't think you're feeding them your letter. And this method avoids the risk of "Alice is in my class. She received an A. She would be a good candidate for medical school." (letter of death)

    This is not an original thought. I ripped it off of my own pre-med adviser's advice to me. I had already asked the jokers to write for me, and did in fact wind up with a letter about as boring as that last example....doh. :rolleyes:

    Recs are the most important factor my employer uses to find people from her lab. I am sure they weigh heavily in the application process. Treat them with as much care as you would your personal statement.
  6. Wednesday

    Wednesday Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2001
    How do you know that you got a boring letter? Didn't you waive the right to see them?
  7. Jamier2

    Jamier2 SDN Hillbilly Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2001

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