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LOR help for pharmD student applying to MD/DO

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Allopathic [ MD ]' started by tabbycatdontcur, 05.20.14.

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  1. tabbycatdontcur

    tabbycatdontcur pharmacy world →medical word 2+ Year Member

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    Hey so I just finished with my P1 year of pharmacy school, but am applying to medical school. I was just wondering who I should get to write my LOR because most schools don't specify from what level of institution they should come from. Should I ask my undergrad profs or my pharmacy profs or a mixture of both? I have been out of undergrad for 2 years now so I am not sure what that dynamic would look like (a student coming back 2 years later to ask for more rec letters may not be too appreciated). Do medical schools care if all my institutional recs come from pharmacy school and not undergrad? I am in a more unique case than the average med school applicant so there isn't as much info out there.

    any ideas/advice?

    thanks
     
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    PreMedOrDead I'm sure you'll get in... 2+ Year Member

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    You can submit more than just one LoR, even if it's a committee.

    They don't care.

    Whomever writes the best, most passionate, most compelling, and most representative LoRs. Not one more, not one less. It's up to you to decide who all would do this.

    Unlikely, especially as more time lapses between your UG and post-grad education. As long as you fulfill the individual letter requirements for the schools then it doesn't matter.
     
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    tabbycatdontcur pharmacy world →medical word 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks, I appreciate it!
     
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    tabbycatdontcur pharmacy world →medical word 2+ Year Member

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    The only problem is that most of them say 2 science/1 non-science letters of rec, but that's kind of hard to distinguish in pharmacy school. That's also where I am hung up.
     
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    La Presse Due to the fact.... 2+ Year Member

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    Don't you have strong relationships with non-science faculty you could reach out to? Perhaps even volunteer coordinators or supervisors you have worked under.
     
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    tabbycatdontcur pharmacy world →medical word 2+ Year Member

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    Wait, so the non science faculty member doesn't have to be apart of academia?
     
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    La Presse Due to the fact.... 2+ Year Member

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    To my knowledge, no. Someone please correct me if this is incorrect.

    @gyngyn
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Science letters are from science faculty.
     
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    PreMedOrDead I'm sure you'll get in... 2+ Year Member

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    For the science letters, of course they have to be faculty, but for the non-science it differs. If it states faculty member, that's implicit it's from academia. If it's just non-science, that may not. Schools choose what they do and do not require for letters of recommendation, and it is their discretion as to whether they wish to apply those requirements (I do NOT suggest this, but I found out I applied to one without the requirements and was eventually accepted to that very same school, go figure).

    If you have any doubt in your mind, do not hesitate to contact the school. Their numbers are public for a reason.
     
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    La Presse Due to the fact.... 2+ Year Member

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    Right, but are non-science letters limited to only faculty?
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Nonscience letters do not need to be from faculty (though they often are).
    That's what happens when you don't read the whole thread!
     
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    See my post. I think @gyngyn might have just misread, or we are misinterpreting.
     
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    PreMedOrDead I'm sure you'll get in... 2+ Year Member

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    If it says "non-science faculty member" like OP said I would assume it is required to be from academia. However, if it just says non-science letter, then it wouldn't be required to be from academia.

    One word means a lot, OP might have just inserted an extraneous word.
     
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    gyngyn Professor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    That's correct.
     
  16. tabbycatdontcur

    tabbycatdontcur pharmacy world →medical word 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for everyone's help! This has been such a difficult transition so I am really grateful for this!
     

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