lakersbaby

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I was just curious about how many letters we need and from who. so far i have one from my biology professor, chemistry professor and one from a doctor i worked with in the ER. how many more do i need? thanks
 

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lakersbaby said:
I was just curious about how many letters we need and from who. so far i have one from my biology professor, chemistry professor and one from a doctor i worked with in the ER. how many more do i need? thanks
Well first check if your school has a pre-med committee that writes a composite letter.

Regardless, you should have about 2 science, 1 non-science, and 1 physician or supervisor. The physician can count for your non-science.

Have any non-science professor you could get one from? Of course if you do have the pre-med committee those distinctions don't matter.
 

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most med schools prefer the committee leter, its the most efficient and the most helpful to them. If not, its usually three letters of recs. You might want to have a non-science rec if you can get one, theyll want to see that you're bringing something outside of JUSt science to the table, which every applicant they probably see probably has.
 

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I think it's best to get a wide variety of letters, as some schools have different requirements. You can then pick and choose which to send to which schools.

I don't have a premed committee, but my school had a letter service.
I got the following letters:

1 genetics prof
1 bio prof/ my advisor
1 english prof

(or 2 sci, 1 nonsci - faculty members)

then I got

1 employer
1 dean of undergrad studies (kind of like a committee letter, but not)
1 from my research PI

Get any letters you can - then you can pick and choose which to send. Hope this helps!
 
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