Jan 17, 2012
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Hey Everyone!

Like the title says, I'm shadowing my cousin, who is a general dentist. She's owns her own practice and has been practicing for 12 years now. She also attended a dental school that i'm interested in applying to, and i thought it would be great if she could write me a LOR?

I wanted to know if this could ruin my chances of getting into dental school or not?
Should i just find another general dentist to write my LOR, or stick with her?

Thanks!
 

jeffity

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Oct 23, 2009
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Ruin? Probably not ruin, but it looks a little weird if they notice...does she even share a common last name?

She's a good start. But try to branch out. She might know of some good people to refer you to that could hopefully write you just as strong of a letter. She might be able to hook you up with some specialists too.
 
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Jan 17, 2012
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yes, we both share the same last name. I'm just afraid that the dental schools will look down upon me using a family member as a reference.
 

NDPitch

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Jan 30, 2009
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If there was no name shared, I'd say go for it and that they probably wouldn't notice. With the same last name, I'd say that's a no go. They'll notice and will realize it's a biased letter. I'd have her refer you to some of her dentist friends that can write you good letter.
 
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Ask her to put you in contact with one of her colleagues practicing in the area and start shadowing them. Then get a letter of rec from them.
 
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Jan 17, 2012
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lol, at MOUTHLOVER.
@Babyblue57: that's the best route that i've been told. the only thing is that I feel bad just abandoning her lol. I mean, she's the only dentist in my family, and she's so excited that someone in the family has decided to become a dentist.
 
Feb 29, 2012
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lol, at MOUTHLOVER.
@Babyblue57: that's the best route that i've been told. the only thing is that I feel bad just abandoning her lol. I mean, she's the only dentist in my family, and she's so excited that someone in the family has decided to become a dentist.
Lmao! I'm sure she'll understand lol.