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Look to see if the program has any specific requirements.
Just as an FYI from a program's stand point...most retail pharmacists do not write good letters of rec.
I matched at a moderately competitive program with a retail preceptor being one of my references, so if you think they'll write a good letter for you, it's OK (n=1).
It isn't that they aren't going to say good things about you, it is just they usually aren't well written. They usually don't know what type of things to say... I don't care that you can "work a cash register well" or "can type prescriptions fast."
My favorite was a retail pharmacist that wrote a LOR on notebook paper with a pencil. Seriously, that guy isn't going to give you a lot of points.
3 preceptors would be bad? Also I kinda asked all 3 clinical s for recommendations and now I feel I can't back down unless there is some special way to hide recommendations in phorcasAs an RD, I look at LORs that indicate that the writer knows the person well. I think a LOR from a retail manager can certainly speak to someone's people skills, initiative, clinical judgement, common sense, business sense, responsibility, etc. I would not want 3 LORS from retail managers (or 3 profs or 3 preceptors) but one is ok.
Is it "bad" to submit 4 letters when the program only ask for 3? I kind of want to submit 4 just in case due to some issues some of my preceptors had.
Bad? Not really, but if you only have a preceptor for 4-5 weeks, how well do they really know you?3 preceptors would be bad? Also I kinda asked all 3 clinical s for recommendations and now I feel I can't back down unless there is some special way to hide recommendations in phorcas