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Question about application timeline


SDN Angel
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Feb 24, 2005
When do we need to have our letters submitted by? Is it the same as the actual application (ie, the sooner the better)? I'm trying to figure out when to schedule my sub-Is... thanks!


10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Oct 12, 2003
a state of well-being
it is somewhat arbitrary but you could set 9/15 as a goal. obviously, the earlier the better.

i had my last letter (of 4) in on 10/15.

i made the mistake of waiting to submit my application until i figured out my LOR situation. try to submit your application on 9/1 if possible. programs will invite you to interview without your LORs.



Angy Old Man
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Sep 10, 2008
  1. Attending Physician
Of the invites I've gotten, a few came in before ANY LORs were in (highly thought of programs to boot), some came with 1 or 2 in, and only a couple came after all my letters were in.

I would try to submit as early as possible. some of these schools invite within days of receiving your application, it would seem almost entirely based on GPA and USMLE scores.
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