Hey, I have some questions regarding recommendations....it's kind of long, so bear with me! Up until junior year, I was premed. I took all the premed classes etc but got sick of it, went to grad school for computer science b/c I enjoyed my CS classes and thought I would like to do research, realized I sucked at it, left and went to work. A year in the work world, I realized I really want to go to med school. For recommendations, ideally, I want to have two people from my work, and two professors. But I'm unsure who to ask. I have already asked my academic advisor who was also my prof, and a coworker who was designated my mentor, now comes the hard part.... 1. I worked for a professor of Radiology at the hospital attached to my undergrad's medical school from freshmen year until junior year. I know the guy will give me a good recommendation if I ask, but it's been 4-5 years since I last worked for him. Should I ask him for a recommendation anyway? I'm afraid his recommendation might not be taken seriously since it's "outdated". 2. I was told my research advisor would be ideal for a recommendation. But I don't think she'd write me a 'great' one (although no fault of her own). I sucked at research, hence my reason for not continuing with a PhD. Although we got along well, I am pretty sure she would not look highly upon my academic skills. Should I not even bother to ask her? 3. I am also thinking about asking one of my history professors for a recommendation, but I'm afraid they will only give me a vague recommendation---it was one class and it was years ago. I am sure most would agree to write me a favorable recommendation, but is it worth it to ask them? Hazy recollections makes for poor recommendations after all. 4. I noticed that some schools require "X number of science faculties". While my undergrad premed committee has agreed to combine my recommendations and write a composite recommendation and most schools will accept that....should I try to dig up some science prof who might or might not remember me and add their questionable recommendation for those med schools that have set numbers of science prof requirements? How do people balance out fulfilling med school recommendation requirements with trying to get the recommendations? And for nontraditionals like me, how to you balance out people who remembers you (coworkers) with what the med school wants (professors)? Thanks all!