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dradams

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Another question about nontrad applicants. I am working full time as a biology teacher and am wondering where an applicant such as myself would obtain rec letters? I have shadowed a couple of docs and they have offered but should I have other letters not from docs?
 

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I spent four years in a laboratory before I applied. I emailed some of my professors, explained who I was, what I'd been doing for the last four years and my motivation for finally applying to med school. They were all really open to writing letters of rec, in fact I got better letters than I would have if I'd had them write a letter right after graduation. Teachers usually have a lot of respect for people who go into the real world before assuming the responsibilities of medical school. You can only look good in comparison to your average pimply faced gunner who comes whining to the prof about a rec letter. (not that all traditionals are pimply faced gunners, but there are a lot and they give us all a bad name)
I also got a killer letter from the doctor who employs me.
 

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I'm sure your administrator/principal will need to be one of your recommendors. Outside of that, anyone familiar with your science aptitude, ie a chemistry prof, or dedication to medicine, ie shadowed physicians, will supplement your application.
 
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