LORs for PASS

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  1. SeaBass

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    I see the Professional Evaluations for PASS request the name of the the school the evaluator is associated with. Did any use a non-academic reference? I'm unsure if this implies they expect all evaluators to be faculty. Thanks
     
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    I guess it could depend on what kind of program you're applying to, but I think that most of them don't pay any mind to a LOR unless it's from an academic source.
     
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    Agreed. A letter from anyone other than a professor would be a waste of time. They aren't interested in your family friend who happens to be a dentist or a community dentist you shadowed a couple of times.
     
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    And, exactly how do you know this???
     
  5. SeaBass

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    Thanks for any input. I've been going at it for 5 years so I don't shadow and think one of the specialists I practice with could better comment on my clinical ability and potential than some faculty member who checked off my rubber dams as a student. But that isn't for me to decide so wondered what others who practiced for a while did. Thanks.
     
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    First of all, if you go to many of the program's websites, they specifically state "dental school faculty". That being said, if you are an associate and want a letter from your employing dentist, that is another story.

    To the OP- I didn't understand your situation. If you are a practicing dentist, I think getting a letter from a colleague is ok. Why do you say you only had profs who checked off your rubber dams? Did you do extracurriculars, research, etc? The people who you worked with closely are good sources for LORs...
     

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