Biomedical Pre-Professional Letters of Recommendation

General Information

 

                Letters of recommendation are an essential part of the application for any professional program.  Professional schools use letters of recommendation to better understand the applicant in terms of character, motivation, and sincerity.  Each student applicant should meet with the Pre-health Professions Advisor to determine the appropriate letter writers for him/her.  Generally, professional programs ask for letters from science professors, non-science professors, research mentors, supervisors, and/or health care professionals.  Suggested letter writers for specific programs are indicated below.  

 

          The UNF Biomedical Pre-professional Program offers a composite letter service for student applicants.  Each applicant will ask individual letter writers to complete an evaluation form that specifically asks the writer to rank the student applicant in the competencies evaluated by professional programs.  The letter writer should also generate a signed, dated letter, preferably printed on official letterhead.  Both the evaluation form and the letter are then delivered to the Biomedical Pre-professional Program office by the letter writer.  Once all letters of recommendation for a student applicant are received by the Program office, a composite (summary) of the evaluation forms is generated.  That composite is compiled with the individual evaluation forms and letters in a PDF format and submitted on behalf of the student applicant. 

 

          Letters of recommendation are valid for three years from the date on which they were written.  The Biomedical Program office will hold the letters in hard copy form for five years.  After that time, the letters will be saved indefinitely in electronic form.  A student is not permitted access to the letters submitted on his/her behalf, even if he/she does not waive the right to see those letters.  Only after the application period has closed, can the student petition to see the letters submitted on his/her behalf.  It is, therefore, important to choose writers who will likely provide strong, supportive letters.


Allopathic medicine

Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, a letter packet consisting of five letters is suggested.  The packet should include letters from two science professors, one non-science professor (sometimes math is considered a science and sometimes it is not), a supervisor (work, research, volunteer), and a physician.  Use the Academic Evaluation form for professors for any letter writer who taught you in a classroom setting.  Use the Academic Evaluation form for mentors for all other letter writers.  Also, a letter transmission form must be completed for each letter packet to be submitted on behalf of the student.  Each packet must be assigned a letter ID through AMCAS.  Dr. Judith D. Ochrietor, Ph.D. should be listed as the submitter of the letter packet.  The applicant then determines which allopathic medical schools receive a particular packet through the AMCAS application service. 

Osteopathic medicine

Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, a letter packet consisting of five letters is suggested.  The packet should include letters from two science professors, one non-science professor (sometimes math is considered a science and sometimes it is not), a supervisor (work, research, volunteer), and an osteopathic physician.  Use the Academic Evaluation form for professors for any letter writer who taught you in a classroom setting.  Use the Academic Evaluationform for mentors for all other letter writers.  A letter transmission form must be completed for each letter packet to be submitted on behalf of the student and must include all osteopathic medical schools that should receive the packet.  Dr. Judith D. Ochrietor, Ph.D. should be listed as the submitter of the letter packet in the AACOMAS application service.  

Dental

Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, a letter packet consisting of three letters is suggested.  The packet should include letters from science professors and dentists.  Use the Academic Evaluation form for professors for any letter writer who taught you in a classroom setting.  Use the Academic Evaluationform for mentors for all other letter writers.  In addition, a letter transmission form must be completed and submitted to the Biomedical Pre-professional Program office.  Dr. Judith D. Ochrietor, Ph.D. should be listed as the submitter of the letter packet in the AADSAS application service.
 

 

Optometry

 Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, a letter packet consisting of three letters is suggested.  The packet should include letters from science professors and optometrists.  Use the Academic Evaluation form for professors for any letter writer who taught you in a classroom setting.  Use the Academic Evaluationform for mentors for all other letter writers.  In addition, a letter transmission form must be completed and submitted to the Biomedical Pre-professional Program office.  Dr. Judith D. Ochrietor, Ph.D. should be listed as the submitter of the letter packet in the OptomCAS application service. 

Veterinary medicine

 Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, a letter packet consisting of at least three letters is suggested.  The packet should include letters from science professors, supervisors, and veterinarians.  Use the Academic Evaluation form for professors for any letter writer who taught you in a classroom setting.  Use the Academic Evaluationform for mentors for all other letter writers.  In addition, a letter transmission form must be completed and submitted to the Biomedical Pre-professional Program office.  Dr. Judith D. Ochrietor, Ph.D. should be listed as the submitter of the letter packet in the VMCAS application service.

Pharmacy

 Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, a letter packet consisting of three or four letters is suggested.  The packet should include letters from science professors, supervisors, and pharmacists.  Use the Academic Evaluation form for professors for any letter writer who taught you in a classroom setting.  Use the Academic Evaluationform for mentors for all other letter writers.  In addition, a letter transmission form must be completed and submitted to the Biomedical Pre-professional Program office.  Dr. Judith D. Ochrietor, Ph.D. should be listed as the submitter of the letter packet in the PharmCAS application service.

Physician’s assistant

Letters must be directly submitted by the letter writer to CASPA.  The UNF Biomedical Pre-professionals Program cannot submit these letters on behalf of the student applicant.  Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, letters from science professors and physicians/physician’s assistants are requested.

PhD and Masters

Letters must be directly submitted by the letter writer to the individual schools to which you will apply.  Check individual schools for specific instructions.  Generally, letters from science professors and research mentors are requested.