Premed Students: Effective Strategies for Getting a Stellar Letter of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation can make or break your medical school application. These letters should tell the medical school admissions board about your character and your work ethic, as well as your academic qualifications. Your letter writers need to have had some personal experience with you to accurately and passionately write about those qualities. The best choices are a premed advisor, a supervisor from your clinical work or research work, or a professor in your area of study. Teaching assistants, politicians, or family friends may not be as effective in telling your story.
Once you decide who you want to write your letter, you still need to ask early enough in the year to make sure that the writer has time to craft a great letter and has the time to get the information to the admissions board before the deadline. You should always ask in person or by phone and make sure that the letter will be a supportive one.
Once your mentor agrees to write a letter, you should give him all the necessary information to complete your recommendation. This includes all addresses, deadlines, and names, a copy of your resume and personal statement, a summary of your professional experience, and stamped pre-addressed envelopes. Follow up in two weeks to make sure the letter arrived at the medical school of your choice; if not, request that a second letter be sent. Remember to send a thank-you note to each letter writer as well.
Recommendation letters require careful planning and consideration since they could impact your future as a medical student. For more information about obtaining recommendation letters, visit National Premed Consulting.
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