Letters of recommendation for professional schools (and others)
What is a letter of recommendation? A recommendation letter is the considered opinion of the writer about you. It includes but is not limited to:
- Statements about your abilities and future chances of success in your chosen area
- Statements about your skills, desires, and background, drive and determination
- Targeted information to increase the chances of your acceptance to a program
- Information that reflects on you both positively and negatively (they ask for strengths and weaknesses)
- An overall summation of your abilities
Requesting a letter
- Consider all of your options.
- Make sure you have plenty of potential references who can speak well of you!
- Double check what the specific school requires for number and type of references.
- Type of reference may be specified (science, non-science, advisor), or not.
- Talk to each of your potential references well in advance of the final date.
- Prepare a packet of information (see below) to give your recommenders.
- Offer to chat with them. They need to know your passion for medicine.
- Give your references everything they need to increase the chance of a complete letter
Things to provide
- A copy of your transcript (unofficial is fine)
- A copy of your personal statement for the AMCAS or other application
- Your MCAT scores
- A list of volunteer experiences and the things you learned about medicine
- A list of some activities in which you have participated in a meaningful way