Harvard's Office of Career Services

Letters of Recommendation for Medical School

Letters of recommendation are often the deciding factor in whether you are accepted by a graduate school or hired by an employer. An effective letter of recommendation provides a portrait of who you are, beyond your college grades or entrance exam scores. Employers and admissions committees rely on the letter of recommendation not only to validate what you have written in your application, but also to gather information about your personality, character, and motivation for your chosen field.

Points To Consider Before Asking For A Letter:
Before approaching faculty or employers for letters of recommendation, take some time to reflect on how these letters can best be used to strengthen your application.

Points To Consider When Contacting The Letter Writer: After deciding which individuals can provide the most positive and most complete picture of your relevant skills, experiences, and character traits, make an appointment to meet with each of the potential writers.