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What do you give to writers of LOR?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mcchicken1985, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. mcchicken1985

    mcchicken1985 5+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2006
    I am planning to meet letter writers this month, and plan to give them the following info:

    -undergrad transcript
    -draft of personal statement

    Any other suggestions?
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  3. qtrlifecrisis

    qtrlifecrisis Left of the middle 5+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    your resume
    graded tests/essays from the class you took with the professor
  4. GoinBack2Cali?

    GoinBack2Cali? it used to be so cool 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    money :laugh:
  5. Sunshine1025

    Sunshine1025 10+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Detroit, MI
    a wise doctor once told me writers of lor and interviewers really like $20 bills and advised me just to make a suit of 20's and it'd get me pretty far.

    hahaha not funny when you're looking for serious advice, but i loved it.:thumbup:
  6. BigRedPremed

    BigRedPremed Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    I gave transcript, personal statement, a list/description of my EC's. No mention of MCAT score.
  7. GoLAClippers

    GoLAClippers Banned Banned

    Feb 26, 2007

    Why not mentioned the MCAT?
  8. moto_za

    moto_za Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    you dont need to take your graded tests in.
  9. omegaxx

    omegaxx New Member 5+ Year Member

    May 20, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Most LOR writers won't give a damn about your MCAT score. Many won't even know what it is.
  10. LizzyM

    LizzyM the evil queen of numbers Faculty SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    A resume or a list of your "experiences" from the AMCAS is helpful along with a draft of your personal statement.

    I wonder if attaching a small photo of yourself might help jog an absent minded professor's memory, too.
  11. MaximusD

    MaximusD Anatomically Incorrect Physician 10+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2006
    State of Delirium
  12. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    Resume which gives idea of work/activities
  13. ggman

    ggman 2+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    All the above suggestions are good, but hopefully at least one or two of your writers know you well enough that they don't really need anything from you. I gave my recommenders a transcript and a resume even though they said they didn't need it. One of my recommenders had me talk to her for 15-20 minutes about my motivations for going into medicine, so that's another thing that you should consider.
    One more thing, when you are asking people for recommendations, keep in mind that a personal recommendation from a new/young faculty member is a lot better than a cliche recommendation from a hot shot, well known professor.
  14. Kfire326

    Kfire326 7+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    If a professor really knows you well enough to write a strong LOR, then you probably don't need to give them more than a resume at most.
  15. mtlove

    mtlove 2+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    I attended a small school where profs get to know you more than you would probably like them to. A lot of people here said that if the professor knows you well that you do not need to give them much. This is not the case in my experience. A lot of professors will try to talk about things you mention in your personal statement, so the letters strongly support the personal statement. You can also tell different profs to talk about different things in their letters (one focuses on you being an independent worker and one focus on your ability to work in groups for ex). Most of my profs ask for the following in exchange for a rec:

    Transcripted with classes from prof highlighted
    all personal statements
    info about the program (taken from website)
    envelopes addressed and ready to be sent (if applicable)
  16. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    I DISAGREE!!!!

    I don't think it really matters whether the professor is someone who's a hot shot older faculty or a newer faculty as long as they write a strong letter for you.
  17. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Not true. If you give your prof all the other info previous posters have described, your LOR writer can give you a more targeted letter to help strengthen your application.

    A prof may know you well enough to write a strong LOR, but the more information you give them, the more complementary they can make it to your app.
  18. gujuDoc

    gujuDoc 10+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2004
    At my institution there are several professors who will ask for all of the above mentioned things even if they know you well.

    When my friend was getting her LORs this past year, two professors asked for her personal statement, transcripts, and copy of her resume on which she put her MCAT score and work/activities/other experiences.
  19. Soccer885

    Soccer885 Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2006
    I gave them the same stuff. I also added a little letter to them describing what I learned in their class or found memorable (couldn't hurt right?). I never mentioned MCAT and don't think you need to or should. Like someone else said, most wont even know what it means or care.
  20. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    the same thing you give any professional who can help you get ahead:

    a picture of you holding their pet dog hostage, just to let them know you mean business.
  21. Soccer885

    Soccer885 Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2006
    I agree strongly. The more information you give, the better, even if you know the professor well. The extra information will help the professor and make it easier for them to write you a LOR.
  22. jlq3d3

    jlq3d3 Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2006
    Actually, the prestige of the letter writer does matter. According to a representitive from Baylor, recs usually dont help or hurt you unless the writer is famous/powerful in which case it helps or if the letter is bad in which case it hurts.
  23. SupergreenMnM

    SupergreenMnM Peanut, not chocolate 2+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    A very nice bottle of wine. 1) its a nice bribe and 2) it won't hurt to have them all liquered up when they're writing your letter... :lol:
  24. happy snake

    happy snake 2+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    Mine wanted a copy of my AMCAS personal statement, a vita, and the dates when I worked with him. :thumbup:
  25. ggman

    ggman 2+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    How is this different from what I said?!? :confused:
  26. ggman

    ggman 2+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Well, it is true that it is helpful to have a prestigious person write you a personal LOR specifically for you, but it doesn't mean much if it is a pre-written LOR in which he just inserts your name. And by the way, that's basically what professors do often if they don't know you well enough to write a personal rec, so to the OP, make sure your recommenders know you pretty well

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