Letters of Recommendation
recommendation and/or evaluations are supplementary materials that are required
when applying to graduate level programs. The number of letters depends on the
program; however we recommend students try to get 3-5 letters.
of recommendation can be written by various authors who may include college
faculty, professionals in the field, and supervisors. It is a good idea for students to take
initiative to develop relationships during class and in their extracurricular
activities throughout their undergraduate studies and identify who to ask as
early as possible in the application process.
recommend that students provide resumes, personal statements, and other
pertinent information. This will often
help the author to be specific and detailed. Sending authors thank you letters
is common practice as well.
Incorporate core competencies
We strongly recommend you provide authors with the AAMC Core Competencies in order for them to provide a more accurate evaluation. Also refer authors to the letters of recommendation guidelines.
Communicate time frame
may have less time or limited availability during busy times of the school
year, and may be off campus during the summer. Also, authors may need specific
information about where to send or input their letters/evaluations along with
proper letterhead and signature procedures.
How to send letters
confidentiality, sending and inputting letters of recommendation and
evaluations can be tricky. Applicants have the option to ask authors to send
the letters directly to the Centralized Application Service/Programs or they
can use third parties like the Gateway Student Success Center or Interfolio.
Students that plan to use the Gateway Student Success Center Letter services
will need to read the instructions.
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