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Reference Letters/Letters of Recommendation Question

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by 1070752, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. 1070752

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    Hello,

    I'm planning to apply next year, and trying understand everything beforehand so I can be prepared.

    Since I'm in Canada and they don't require letters of recommendation, I'm new to the whole thing. Are you supposed to get the letters on a hard-copy paper and mail them out during your application?

    Basically I would appreciate it if someone could explain how I would go about sending the letter, or if the person that's writing it for me has to do it online?
     
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  3. hellofuturedentists

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    You can do either. If it's over email, you put the recommender's email into AADSAS and it sends them an email with instructions to upload the letter. This adds it immediately. Over mail, AADSAS asks for the address of the recommender and gives you a form to fill out. Give the form to the recommender to add with his/her letter. Then he/she will mail it to AADSAS. This takes longer.
     
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    What about for professors? Since we finish school in April and the applications start in June, I won't get to meet the prof face to face. So do you recommend I tell them before hand, and ask for their e-mail, etc...? Also, do you have to do this every time for each school? Like mail out one letter per school to AADSAS?

    Also, thanks a lot.
     
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    No problem!
    We also finished in April. I believe I asked mine originally in late February or March. Just casually asked to make sure they'd be willing and get their email (professor's emails would be on their syllabus or school's website). Then, in May, I sent them my resume and what I would like them to include in the letter. I told them the deadline (early June). When AADSAS opens, you enter their names and they are prompted to upload. You don't need to do it for each school. AADSAS distributes them.
     
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    Thanks! You answered everything I needed to know. As for the letter, are there places that tell you what should be included?
     
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    Nope. Just think of what you'd want the admissions committee to know. For example, in your letter from a dentist, you might ask him/her to put in the letter that in his/her professional opinion, you would make an excellent dentist :)
     

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