How do I submit letters?
Letters of recommendation need to be submitted by January 5 of each year through your AMCAS application. Please review pages 56-60 of the AMCAS 2013 instructions for complete details.
What type of letters do I need for my application?
Our committee requires three Faculty Letters (2 science 1 non-science) and two character letters. The Faculty letters must be from professors who have instructed you in a formal course. Two character letters can be from physicians you shadowed, employers, research mentors, or any person who can attest to your interest in medicine. The spirit of the character letter is to corroborate your AMCAS experiences. Please do not submit letters from family members, close friends or peer letters.
You can also provide a composite evaluation from your school's premed advisory committee in lieu of the three faculty letters, in addition to the two required personal character letters.
What type of information should be included in letters of recommendation?
The best letters are from faculty members who know you well enough to comment in some depth, not only on your academic performance, but also on your personal qualities for a career in medicine. Both attributes are equally important. They should mention how long they have known you and in what capacity, and how well they know you. They should also put their remarks about you into some kind of comparative context with others for whom they have written letters.
Do I need new letters as a re-applicant?
It would be beneficial to add new letters when possible; you should try your best to submit at least one new letter.
Will USF MCOM accept letters if I mail them directly to your office?
Where do I submit my letters of recommendation?
All letter submissions are done through AMCAS letter service through USF MCOM.
I have been out of school for a while and cannot get faculty letters? What should I do?
Contact each medical school to which you are applying. Military commanders (for military personnel) and immediate supervisors (for applicants with lengthy employment histories) may be good people to write such letters in lieu of the faculty letters.