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Should I ask for letters of rec now, even though I won't be applying until next cycle?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by magagna, May 18, 2014.

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  1. magagna

    magagna 2+ Year Member

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  3. shiftingmirage

    shiftingmirage 7+ Year Member

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    I would mention it now. Memories fade. He/she may decide to write it now and save it until next year, or wait for you to approach them again. It's super easy to change the date on a letter to reflect when it is submitted. IMO, I would mention it sooner rather than later.
     
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    MedWonk 高飛車 5+ Year Member

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    It's not a bad idea. I started asking for them in October the year before I applied. Your professors are busy people and you're not the only one asking, so you should get started early and have the idea floating around so they are at least aware. Just don't pester them constantly about it.
     
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    Sabate Wingnut 2+ Year Member

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    Its definitely helpful to get letters while the professors/doctors you've worked with still remember you well and can write a stronger letter. The only concern is if you apply with only letters from several years ago (and interviewers will ask what you've been up to since then). One year won't make a difference for the application.
     
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