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Hi. My college doesn’t offer a committee letter of recommendation so I am in the process of collecting individual letters. I see that many med schools ask for three letters, from professors who have taught you a class. I worked on my research lab for 8 semesters and all those semesters I was matriculated in a research course for 3 credits. Will my PI letter suffice the requeriment since I wasn’t technically taking a course with him, but I received credits and was graded for my work. Thanks for all.
 

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I'm just an applicant but I don't think so. LORs tend to be very easy screens for schools when they're trying to cut down the thousands of applications they receive.

If a med school asks for a letter from a professor they are expecting a letter from someone who taught you a course (usually science), saw how hard you worked and graded you
 

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I'm just an applicant but I don't think so. LORs tend to be very easy screens for schools when they're trying to cut down the thousands of applications they receive.

If a med school asks for a letter from a professor they are expecting a letter from someone who taught you a course (usually science), saw how hard you worked and graded you
I respectfully disagree. If the PI is a professor, and if OP received academic credit for the lab work, a letter from the PI will absolutely satisfy a LOR requirement from a professor who is familiar with the academic work of the applicant.

I am also just an applicant, but I would not hesitate to submit such a letter under similar circumstances. I do not believe it would serve to screen OP out anywhere. In fact, I think it would be much more valuable than a letter from a random professor from a class where OP was one of dozens or hundreds of students. JMHO.
 
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Hi. My college doesn’t offer a committee letter of recommendation so I am in the process of collecting individual letters. I see that many med schools ask for three letters, from professors who have taught you a class. I worked on my research lab for 8 semesters and all those semesters I was matriculated in a research course for 3 credits. Will my PI letter suffice the requeriment since I wasn’t technically taking a course with him, but I received credits and was graded for my work. Thanks for all.
I don't think so since it's research credit but not a course where you competed with other students for grade.
 

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You had a faculty member as the instructor for a formal course you were registered for and received credit. It absolutely fulfills the technical requirement of a letter from a course instructor. There is no question here
 
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It was a research course for credit and graded? I see no reason it wouldn't count
 
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