Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation are as important in the selection process as the applicant's academic credentials and MCAT scores, extracurricular activities, and essays. Applicants to the School of Medicine should seek out letters of recommendation from individuals who have both personal knowledge of the applicant's accomplishments and the insight to objectively assess the applicant's character, work ethic, and motivation for a career in medicine. Members of the Committee on Admissions give little or no weight in the selection process to subjective recommendations from friends, family members and political figures. If an applicant has significant employment or military experience either before, during or after college, letters from employers, supervisors and commanding officers would be appropriate as well.
The following policies and procedures apply:
A letter of recommendation from the Premedical Advisory Committee or the official Premedical Advisor is required if your undergraduate school has such a Committee or Advisor. If you are unable to have this letter sent you should:
- Write a letter to the Committee on Admissions explaining why you are unable to have this letter sent and;
- Ask the Premedical Committee or advisor to write to the Committee on Admissions indicating that they will not be able to send an official letter.
All letters of recommendation must be written on official stationery and sent directly to AMCAS. If you have a recommender who does not write his/her letter on stationery we will still accept it as long as the letter comes from AMCAS.
If your school does not have a Premedical Advisory Committee, your letters of recommendation must come from three of your undergraduate and/or graduate school faculty. At least two letters must come from science faculty and one from non-science faculty.
If you are not currently enrolled as an undergraduate student and are unable to submit a composite letter of recommendation, please arrange to have at least one letter sent from each component of your education (undergraduate and graduate) and major work experience to date.
Any exceptions to the above policy will be considered on an individual basis after receipt of a written request from the applicant.
Please note, if you are reapplying to the School of Medicine the Committee on Admissions highly recommends that you submit updated letters of recommendation. In addition, you should also submit letters from experiences undertaken since your previous application.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to be sure that the above requirements are met. You are also responsible for requesting your letters of recommendation so that they are received by our deadline of January 15th. If you are applying as an Early Decision candidate, your letters of recommendation must be received by August 31st.
Applications that continue to miss letters of recommendation will be considered incomplete when they are reviewed by the Committee on Admissions. This will have a direct impact on the disposition of your application.
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Baltimore, MD 21201