Letters of recommendation are an important component of a medical school application. Admissions committees hope to gain some insight into the applicant as a person from individuals who can knowledgeably and objectively evaluate them.
Middlebury College has a Health Professions Committee that will write a composite letter for health professions applicants. The letter you are writing for the applicant will be included in that larger “committee letter.”
You should have already received an in-person request, phone call or email from the applicant asking you to write the letter. This request should be followed up by an email from Interfolio giving you a direct link to upload the letter to their Interfolio account.
Before you scan and upload your letter, please review the guidelines below.
AAMC for Letter Writers
- Use letterhead or, if letterhead is not available or appropriate, include a heading with your contact information. All Middlebury staff/faculty have access to letterhead through their department coordinator or through the Communications and Marketing templates.
- Date and hand-sign the letter.
- Letters have no stated minimum or maximum length, but one to two pages is typical.
- Please do NOT share content of your letter. The applicant has waived rights to see letters.
- The following individuals will see your letter on a “need to know” basis, including, for example:
- The Health Professions Committee,
- Various participants in the admissions processes at medical schools, including admissions office personnel, admissions committee members, and interviewers,
- The Health Professions and STEM Coordinator,
- Various administrative staff at Interfolio and AMCAS.
Uploading Your Letter to veCollect:
When a letter of recommendation is requested from you, you will receive an email from veCollect notifying you of the request.
After receiving a request, you can upload the letter directly to veCollect via the link in the email.
Note: Health professions schools require letters on letterhead (with signatures) on all letters of recommendation, including letters submitted electronically. Please check to make sure your letter is signed and on letterhead. You can choose to sign and scan your letter, or use software to add a digital signature before uploading it.