This free service is compatible with health professions programs that do not use electronic letters. For example, pre-dent and pre-med students will find this service helpful, but pre-PA students and pre-PT students will not want to use it, as those application services utilize an electronic letter service, where the recommenders are prompted by email from the service directly. Please check into your profession’s application service first, and if you have questions after that, feel free to email our Pre-Health Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When applying to medical school or dental school, timing is critical. You should have your entire primary application submitted via AMCAS, AACOMAS or AADSAS by early to mid-June. Though having your letters of recommendation in is not part of submitting these primary applications, some of the information in your letter packet will help you with the primary applications. We recommend starting your letter of recommendation packet in January of your application year (usually junior year), and making sure it is complete and turned in by March. This includes having contacted all your letter writers to ensure they are willing to write you strong letters.
If you are going to utilize this service, there are a few things you will need to do first. Below is a summary of steps you should take.
Fill out the College of Health Sciences Letter Packet, which includes:
Remember to attach a rough draft of your personal statement.
(For help with your personal statement, you can visit the Writing Center in Raynor Library, 240. Personal statements are usually about one page single spaced, and ask the question, “Why do you want to be a (doctor, dentist, etc), and why will you be a good one?” See individual application websites (AMCAS, AADSAS, AACOMAS, etc) for specific character limits. )
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