How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation
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Strong letters of recommendation are crucial when applying to medical school, and knowing how to ask for them is therefore equally crucial when it comes time to submit your AMCAS application. Ideally, you want letter writers who are going to be able to speak to your intelligence, dedication to a career in medicine, and potential […]
Last Updated June 13, 2018
- Gayle Squires expert Great article and a good reminder about the importance of recommendations. A few other thoughts. First, make sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your recommendation. If it's a college professor, they're probably being asked by many students and you'll demonstrate a respect for their time by not asking at the last minute. Second, it's aways better to get an amazing recommendation from someone who knows you well than a mediocre, generic recommendation from someone whom everyone knows (i.e., a big name researcher). Third, make your recommender's life easy - send him or her exactly what they need in an organized way, for example, make a single document with all your information (personal statement, CV, etc.) rather than sending a half-dozen attachments that they'll have to open. Finally, try to get a selection of reviewers that can demonstrate your well-roundedness - instead of two researchers, consider a researcher, a clinical mentor, a professor, and/or a volunteer coordinator. Good luck everyone!!