Identify your recommenders
Establish a rapport with faculty, mentors or volunteer supervisors early. Choose recommenders who know you as a person.
Ask for letters from those who can write about your specific traits such as your laboratory skills, unique contributions to a class or research project or diligence, dependability or compassion in a volunteer setting.
How to ask for a recommendation
Give them plenty of notice! Ask in person. Be prepared to waive your right to access the letter. Waiving your right to access the recommendation letters
To help your recommender write an effective letter, give them a copy of your transcript (unofficial), your resume and personal statement.
In addition to commenting on your academics, ask them to highlight some of the core competencies you possess: thinking and reasoning, intrapersonal competencies, science competencies and interpersonal skills.
Be cognizant of deadlines and allow time for your recommender to write an effective letter.
The Pre-Health committee at Buffalo State assists students with assembling a comprehensive file and evaluative packet of letters of reference for admission to professional health schools. Deadlines are crucial! Your file will include your unofficial transcript (DegreeWorks), your personal statement, your resume of employment and all extra-curricular activities, your letters of recommendation (sent directly to the Pre-Health Staff Associate, with the signed LOR request form) and your official MCAT or other admission test score.
Committee interviews are conducted as a dress rehearsal for you and for the committee identify personal traits to be included in the committee recommendation. Common interview questions / Preparing for the interview
The Pre-Health Committee meets and subsequently evaluates each applicant by viewing the student’s entire file. A committee letter will result from this meeting and will be the cover letter to all the individual letters of recommendation when sent to the professional schools of your choosing. Your committee letter contains information on both your academic and personal qualifications. Committee review can take several weeks. Prepare your materials early!
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