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sami1371

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Hello all,
I am hoping to get some advise regarding my letters of recommendation for my application this cycle. Since last cycle when I didn't get accepted, I have been volunteering and doing other things to strengthen my application and gain some experience. During the last cycle, my LORs were:
1. Science professor
2. Non-science professor
3. Science lab TA, co-signed by professor who is the head of labs
4. Physician Shadowed, head of radiology department at a famous hospital
5. Head professor of research group which I was a part of for 1 year. In this group I was part of a publication and wrote a thesis for graduating with honors as well.

Since last year, I've been volunteering at a free clinic where I got to know the medical coordinator well. I asked her for a recommendation letter and she said she would write me a good one. So now I have a 6th letter which is written by someone who knows me well and can write well about me.

Out of my old letters, I have to keep the first 3 as a requirement, but now I have to get rid of one of the last two to make room for her letter. I don't really know how well those letters are written because neither of the authors knew me well. Which one do you think would be best to get rid of, or should I just keep them and not include the one from the medical coordinator?

Thank you in advance for your help.
 

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Adcome seem prefer to have someone you took an actual course with. I would suggest that the if you need to get rid of one, the Physician shadowing one is the drop. However, why are you having a self imposed-5 letter limit. You can have up to 10 letters on file in AMCAS and have them tailored to be sent to schools individually. AACOMAS has just changed their system and I believe you cant do that thru their own system but you can via interfolio. TMDSAS I am not that familiar with
 
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Adcome seem prefer to have someone you took an actual course with. I would suggest that the if you need to get rid of one, the Physician shadowing one is the drop. However, why are you having a self imposed-5 letter limit. You can have up to 10 letters on file in AMCAS and have them tailored to be sent to schools individually. AACOMAS has just changed their system and I believe you cant do that thru their own system but you can via interfolio. TMDSAS I am not that familiar with
Thank you for the reply! I remembered last cycle when applying to MD, the majority of schools only wanted 5 letters and that's why I was trying to just get rid of one. I'll probably go ahead and have them all in AMCAS like you said though, just to be safe. I will be applying to DO schools this cycle too but have no idea how that application works. I guess I'll find out soon. I was thinking of not using the physician shadowing one too though. That seems to not be too important unless its a DO physician for AACOMAS.
 

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Some DO require a DO shadow but several times I seen SDN comments that an MD shadow seemed acceptable
 
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