77deuce

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I have 5 letter writers (1 Committee and 4 profs). I know that the committee letter and 2 of my profs will give good letters. 2 of the other profs were kinda shady when we were talking about letters of rec.

Should I just not use the letters from the shady profs? The 3 good letters I have meet the requirements for most med schools that I will apply to.

Thanks
 
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77deuce

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OK, why do you have a committee letter and individual letters?
Which one should I use?

EDIT: To answer your question, my school's advising website says it's good to have both bc the requirements vary by school.
 
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77deuce

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Is there such thing as a school that prefer individual letters instead committee letters ?
 

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My school requires 3 science and 2 outside LoR for their committee letter? Do they just make it all into one package or do they draw from the LoR's to write their commitee letter?
 
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Is there such thing as a school that prefer individual letters instead committee letters ?
There are a couple of schools that dont accept committee letters such as Utah. However, on the October 2016 survey of medical schools, AAMC found University of Utah having no preference

Secondary Materials - U of U School of Medicine - | University of Utah
Letters of Recommendation

We require 3 letters of recommendation, but will not accept more than 4. We do not accept premedical committee letters.

AAMC Letter Link
https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fast...d4e1d/msar_medical_school_letter_policies.pdf
 
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I have 5 letter writers (1 Committee and 4 profs). I know that the committee letter and 2 of my profs will give good letters. 2 of the other profs were kinda shady when we were talking about letters of rec.

Should I just not use the letters from the shady profs? The 3 good letters I have meet the requirements for most med schools that I will apply to.

Thanks
Trust your instincts, and don't risk using a less-than-flattering lor.
 

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My understanding is that unless the professor has a grudge against you, if a professor doesn't feel like they can write a positive LOR they won't do it. I've read that in most cases meh LORs neither add nor subtract from an application.
 
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My understanding is that unless the professor has a grudge against you, if a professor doesn't feel like they can write a positive LOR they won't do it. I've read that in most cases meh LORs neither add nor subtract from an application.
Neutral letters hurt.
Do you see any difference between a neutral letter where a professor doesnt seem to lean one way or the other particularly when they would seem to have background with the applicant to do so versus an "uninspired" letter where the professor just didnt have much background to offer an opinion such as having a student in a large lecture class, got a "A" but not much other interaction?
 
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