The Ins and Outs of Getting Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

The Ins and Outs of Getting Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

For a free 20 minute consult, please call 1-888-839-9997 or email us at info@admissionshelpers.com One of the most important elements of a successful medical school application is the letter of recommendation. Recommendation letters provide extensive insight about you and help medical schools gauge your ability to excel in medical school as well as your preparedness for becoming a physician.  Below we address some of the key issues relevant to obtaining and sending your letters of recommendation: Who to get letters of recommendation from: There are many individuals from whom you could request a letter of recommendation.  In general, your letter writer should know you well and be able to comment in a substantial way about your ability and aptitude for medical school and the medical profession. Most medical schools require 3-4 letters of recommendation and generally expect two of these to be from professors with whom you have taken science courses.  We recommend getting letters from the following: Science professors: This should preferably be with science professors in challenging upper division courses that are related to the medical field.  A letter of recommendation from a microbiology or medical genetics professors will help more than a letter from an entomology professor.  Also get your letters from professors with whom you took courses at a four-year institution. Physicians: It is always a good idea to get a letter of recommendation from physicians who you have shadowed or volunteered with. Research faculty: If you have done substantial research with a faculty member, that faculty member can be a good source for letters of recommendations. Others: Other individuals who can comment on your intellect, compassion, curiosity, work ethic, maturity, or responsibility are valuable.  For example, if you have participated in a community service or leadership activity,...