- At least TWO letters must come from a science faculty who taught you in a BCPM course.
- At least one additional letter (making a minimum of three letters)
- We recommend no more than 5 letters, but if you feel strongly you need more, speak with your advisor about it.
All letters of recommendation must be current*, signed, on letterhead and uploaded to veCollect. This is also a good time to think about which letters you want in your committee letter, especially those that may be a bit old from faculty or others with whom you have worked since the letter was written. The final committee letter should include a minimum of three letters, two of which should be written by faculty in the natural sciences; check each school for their requirements. Feel free to consult with Mary Lothrop or Hannah Benz on letters, especially if you are considering more than five letters. Check the current appointment schedule.
*For re-applicants, have you been able to obtain at least one new letter of recommendations that supports your candidacy, preferably addressing areas that may have been seen as weaknesses in the previous application cycle? Your other letters can remain as-is for the dossier, but it is helpful to have a new letter to update what you have done since your first application. Click here to find instructions for your letter writers to upload updated letters to veCollect.
Are you having trouble getting your letter writers to provide the letter by the due date?
Be kind, but persistent. Send brief, encouraging emails or phone calls well in advance of your deadline. If a deadline has been missed and you haven’t received confirmation that the letter is complete, you can email to your letter writer and (cc) our office so we are kept in the loop.
Keep your letter writers up to date with your acceptances.
Many of your letter writers may become friends and mentors throughout your medical career, so keep them updated through the application process. Typically, your letter writers will be thrilled to hear about your acceptances! Send a quick email or thank you card to keep them in the loop.
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