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Non-science Letter of Rec???

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Bikini Princess, Jul 31, 2002.

  1. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    Do any schools strictly require a letter of rec from a non-science professor ?? :confused:

    I can think of three non-science profs to ask, but none of them would really know me nearly as well as my science profs do. I'm having a non-academic healthcare one too. Any advice?

    And if you had the choice, which would you pick:

    1. philosophy prof
    2. art history prof
    3. shakespeare prof
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  3. lola

    lola Bovine Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    there are a couple that do. wake forest comes to mind?? for most, an outside lor will suffice like from a job or ec.

    i applied to wake forest anyway even though i didn't get a non-science prof lor (unless you count biostats). i've been out of school for several years, and it would be really strange for me to go ask a prof i had 8 years ago for a rec b/c they probably wouldn't remember me. i do have 5 science letters (well, one is a science prof who was my boss but not my prof), 1 employer letter, and a committee letter.
  4. Tweetie_bird

    Tweetie_bird 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    I woudl go with Philosphy prof. Those people are KICK ASS with making good arguements. . .i.e. why is BIKINI a good candidate for med school?

    I had a philosphy prof (who is also a J D) write me an LOR. I hope it turns out well.
  5. uffda

    uffda Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    i guess it depends on how the class was structured and what the professor might be able to say on your behalf -
    is there one where you wrote papers and so s/he could comment on your clarity of thought, abilities to communicate verbally and in writing -

    were there any small group interactions or presentations that the professor could use to generalize into med school-esque qualities?

    i don't think the subject matters as much as the qualities that the professor could attest too

    I used an advanced expository writing professor for mine.
  6. Tweetie_bird

    Tweetie_bird 7+ Year Member

    Nov 20, 2001
    I agree with Uffda,
    I was lucky because one of the papers I wrote in my philosophy class actually got published in a bioethics journal. it was my prof's idea that I just carried through, so it worked in my case. I don't think subject matters much, but that's assuming the playing field is leveled here (i.e. all profs know you well etc).
  7. Mr. H

    Mr. H 7+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2001
    You should as the school your interested if they make exceptions. I have already asked U of Mich. if using my volunteer supervisor is ok instead of non-science faculty.

    they said ABSOLUTELY.

    So just ask each school.
    hope this helps
  8. Dr. Dodger Dog

    Dr. Dodger Dog 7+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    As an art history minor, I would be biased towards the art history professor :)

    But in all seriousness, I got a non-science rec from my writing professor. Since there were only like 15 students in my writing class, the professor got to know everyone really well. The writing assignments were largely ethics based. I'd probably just go with the professor that knows you the best out of the three.
  9. WaitingImpatiently

    WaitingImpatiently Long Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    I think a LOR from a philosophy prof would be cool. The art history one would cool nice, too, but for some reason, I just wouldn't think much of a LOR written by someone who teaches Shakespeare. Don't know why. :confused:
  10. Diogenes

    Diogenes Succat 7+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2002
    I had a philosophy professor do mine. It was a small class that was heavy on class discussions, so he knew all the students in the class pretty well, and the class was only 6 months prior to me asking to the LOR, so I wasn't some random student he had had 3 years ago or anything.

    I wouldn't recommend any of your choices based on what they teach. I'd choose one based on a)how well you impressed them in their class and b)how well they knew you.
  11. Bikini Princess

    Bikini Princess 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2002
    bump - any more responses?
  12. vixen

    vixen I like members 10+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2000
    upstate ny

    yeah, what they teach really has nothing to do with your should be focusing on how well they know you and if you think they'll say something good....what's your major? I was a psych major so I had a lot more choices in that area to pick...I would DEF go w/who knows and likes you better :)
  13. Cydney Foote

    Cydney Foote Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    It matters less which field the recommender is in, and more how well they know you. (I'm assuming that profs in these 3 fields will be pretty good writers, so that's not really an issue here.) I'd pick the one that you have the most interaction with and who knows why you're interested in going to medical school. It wouldn't hurt to ask all three if they'd be willing to write a rec for you. You can probably gauge from their reactions which one is most enthusiastic about it.
  14. dr kevin40

    dr kevin40 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2002
    listen to dodger dog!

    he is my idol!

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