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Recommendation question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Hatman, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. Hatman

    Hatman 2+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    I am goin to be a re-app this year and thought that I might as well obtain new recs. I asked one of my previous profs for an app and he responded with "I will write you a great rec but are you sure you want me to write one because I only knew you for a semester." Do you guys think I should take the rec or not because he is hesitant? It's tough trying to get to know a science prof for more than a semester because of their busy schedule and in my case, I met this great prof during my last undergrad semester. What do you guys think? Suggestions?
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  3. eternalrage

    eternalrage Even Kal has bad days... 10+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    A great rec is one that speaks of your character and personality and how you would be great for medicine rather than performance in a class.

    You could try meeting with the guy to discuss your goals and stuff, but if he is going to write you a "Jim took my class and got an A" letter, save him as a last resort.
  4. Davjc2009

    Davjc2009 2+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    I would try to meet with him before he writes it. Then he could write at least a little more than your academic performance. Otherwise, I'd try someone else.
  5. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    True, but how well you can really judge someone's character and (to a lesser extent) personality is very debatable. I think the prof's just being honest.
  6. Catalystik

    Catalystik Providing herd protection Physician Faculty SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Inside the tesseract
    Agreed. I'd ask to meet with him, bring a photo, your curriculum vitae, and a copy of your transcript. (Also bring a copy of the AMCAS application if it is complete at that time.) At the meeting, discuss your goals and allow him to get to know your personality. Then he will be able to write a LOR with depth and insight into who you are. Give him the tools he needs to write you a really great letter.

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