Admissions

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants to the College of Medicine – Tucson are required to obtain letters supporting their candidacy for admission. Three letters of recommendation are required. 1 letter must be from a clincal setting. 

Overall, letters should be from individuals with whom applicants are well-acquainted. The Admissions Committee is looking for accurate, in-depth evaluations of qualities suitable for medical school. These qualities include motivation to attend medical school, maturity, character, and commitment to the practice of medicine. Letters from family and friends are not recommended. 

What matters is that the letters convey cogent information about your work. Obtaining a letter from the employer who you are working with during the application year is very important. Evidence of a successful engagement in a post-college experience will be a valuable addition to other letters that also may be part of your file.

Letters of recommendation options:

Option 1

  • 1 clinical letter from a person who has seen you interact with patients, family members, and other staff members (i.e. MD, volunteer coordinator, RN, Nurse practitioner or other healthcare provider)
  • 2 letters from other professionals

Option 2

  • 1 letter packet/committee packet
  • 1 clinical letter from a person who has seen you interact with patients, family members, and other staff members (i.e. MD, volunteer coordinator, RN, Nurse practitioner or other healthcare provider)

All letters of Recommendation must be submitted through the AMCAS Letter of Evaluation/Recommendation service.