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Letters of Recommendation

The Pre-Health Advising Office provides a letter of recommendation service for MD/DO and Dentistry applicants. Applicants to other health professions will submit letters of recommendation directly through their application services. We will only send out one (1) letter packet per application service.

Applicants, please note: DO NOT submit a request to have your letter packet sent until ALL letters have been received!!! Once we receive a letter request form we WILL send out your packet within 24-72 hours of receiving the request. It is up to you to ensure all your letters are in; we will not contact you to double check and we cannot submit a letter packet more than once.

Step 1

Complete and submit applicant information form 

  • Students and alumni preparing to apply to Medical (MD/DO) or Dental school may utilize our letter of recommendation service to hold letters for upload into a packet 
  • Your file will hold this form and the letters of recommendation as they arrive at our office.
  • As letters are received, they will be processed by our front desk, placed into your physical file, and entered electronically into BlackBoard 
  • Processing time for letters takes between 24 and 72 hours
  • To check which letters have been received and processed, please check your BlackBoard account for Pre-Health Letters of Recommendation

Step 2

Obtain letters of recommendation who can write a strong personal letter on your behalf

  • Student Waiver Form must be filled out by the student and given to the people who are writing your letters of recommendation
    • The reference should send a copy of this waiver form to the Health Professions Advising Office, along with their letter
    • It is best that you provide the reference with a resume, personal statement and/or biography
      • Choose letter writers who know you and can speak to your various skills and competencies as they relate to becoming a future health practitioner 
      • Letter Guidelines - Tips and guidelines for writing letters of recommendation to professional schools (for medicine, but can be adapted to other health professions)
    • Advisors will not divulge, nor are they responsible for, the content, quality, length or other characteristics of a letter
  • Common Required Letters - it is your responsibility check individual schools for their specific requirements or preferences
    • Science Faculty (you've had in a lecture or classroom environment)
    • 2nd Science Faculty
    • Open Faculty 
    • Research (Faculty/Clinical/PI/Other)
    • Practitioner/Health Professional (MD/DO/Dentist)
    • Community Service/Mentor/Supervisor/Coach/Other Professional Reference
  • Letter writers can submit letters in various ways -
    • Scan and email a copy of the signed letter to our email at PreHealth@asu.edu
    • Mail or drop off a copy of the letter to our office (address below)
    • Faculty members or University staff may send letters through campus mail
    • Students may submit letters on the writer's behalf ONLY if the letter has been sealed and the letter writer has signed across the seal

Step 3

Fill out the application to professional school and input information for Letters of Recommendation (specific instructions below).
 
NOTE: We can only send out one (1) letter packet per application service!!! Be sure all your letters have been received and you are ready to send. Any additional letters cannot be sent if received after your packet has been processed.

Primary Contact/Letter Writer information

Christina Blanco
Office Assistant/Receptionist Senior
Armstrong Hall, Futures Center
1100 S. McAllister Ave, Suite 112
P.O. Box 872601
Tempe, AZ 85287
 
480-965-2365

 

AMCAS (M.D.) Instructions

Letters are not required to submit, or for AMCAS to verify your application. You may submit your application before your letters of evaluation arrive at AMCAS. 
  • In the LOR section of the application, choose Letter Packet and give a title for the packet
    • Select "Arizona State University" as the school
    • Christina Blanco (information above) will be your Primary Contact
      • List Individual Authors in the boxes provided on the application
  • Complete the LOR Packet Request Form - double check ALL letters you wish to be sent have been received
    • Letters will be uploaded into 1 pdf file
      • Provide the names of the reference, the year the letter was written and the order in which you want them uploaded in the pdf
      • You must also provide all correct ID numbers

AACOMAS (D.O.) Instructions

  • In the Supporting Information Section, choose Create Evaluation Request
  • Request Committee Evaluation
    • List Christina Blanco as your point of contact/evaluator
      • In the personal message list that you will be requesting a letter packet 
      • List the names of the letter writers you will be submitting
  • Christina will then receive an email from AACOMAS that you have completed your application
    • Complete the LOR Packet Request Form - double check ALL letters you wish to be sent have been received
      • You are still required to fill out a request to send letters of recommendation form 
      • We will send the letters in the order in which you request
      • We will only upload letters once we have both the email from AACOMAS and the request to send form

Dental Instructions

  • In the Supporting Information Section, choose Create Evaluation Request
    • Request Committee Evaluation
      • List Christina Blanco as your point of contact/evaluator
        • In the personal message list that you will be requesting a letter packet 
        • List the names of the letter writers you will be submitting
  • Christina will then receive an email from AADSAS that you have completed your application. 
    • Complete the LOR Packet Request Form- double check ALL letters you wish to be sent have been received
      • You are still required to fill out a request to send letters of recommendation form 
      • We will send the letters in the order in which you request
      • We will only upload letters once we have both the email from AADSAS and the request to send form

Step 4

Complete the Letter of Recommendation Packet Request Form

  • All letters and waiver forms must be received prior to submitting this form - do not send us a form if all your letters are not in!
    • Check the status of your letters through BlackBoard
  • Application section for Letters of Recommendation must be complete

Other Requests for Letters of Recommendation

You may need to request your letters to be sent to a Caribbean school or to another process such as TMDSAS. A request to send form is still required for these processes. For Caribbean schools we will need exact addresses to the schools admissions offices as well as which letters you wish to send. For TMDSAS, please follow the directions for MD and DO however, you will only need to provide the TMDSAS ID number instead of AAMCAS or AACOMAS ID numbers. 

For further information, students may contact the Pre-Health Professions Advising Office directly via phone at 480-965-2365 or via email to prehealth@asu.edu