Letters of Recommendation

Applicants to the College of Medicine – Tucson are required to obtain letters supporting their candidacy for admission.

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 letter from a clinician or clinical supervisor who has seen you interact with patients, family members, and other staff members 
  • 2 letters from other professionals

Option 2

  • 1 letter packet/committee packet
    • 1 letter from a clinician or clinical supervisor must be included in the packet

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

We require at least three letters of recommendation from people who know you well, and can attest your fitness for the medical profession.

Some colleges offer a pre-medical advising system, with a committee that writes letters for their students. If a committee letter is obtained, that is sufficient to meet the minimum requirement of three letters of recommendations. You are still responsible for submitting a letter from a physician or clinical supervisor.

Who should I ask for a letter?

Applicants are required to provide, at minimum, one letter of recommendation that collaborates service with a physician and/or clinical experience. 

If you have participated in clinical activities or academic research, we'd like to see letters of recommendation from professionals who worked with you. For example, a clinical or community service supervisor, and/or a research mentor.

What if I submit more than three letters?

We will review all the letters you submit. Ten is the maximum amount of letters that you can submit through AMCAS. The average is six. 

How do I submit letters of recommendation?

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