June 28, 2024

What’s a good Letter of Recommendation?

When it comes to submitting application packets for medical school, Rob Humbracht highlights not just the organization of your materials, but the human touch that can make your packet stand out. In his recent video, he says you should view the packet as much more than just files; it's your future on paper, packaged thoughtfully.

Watch the conversation below:

Tips for Assembling Your Application Packet:

  • Consolidate Materials: Whether it's a physical packet or an electronic one, keep all your documents together. This could be a single email, Dropbox, or Google Drive folder. Make it as easy as possible for recipients to access everything they need in one go.
  • Include a Heartfelt Thank-You: Don’t just send your documents off into the void. Include a thank-you note that’s genuine and heartfelt. Highlight specific instances where the recipient has positively impacted your journey to medicine.
  • Give Them Something to Write About: In your thank-you note, provide specific examples of your experiences and gratitude. This doesn't just show appreciation; it also gives those writing your recommendations something personal and positive to mention.

Wrapping Up With Genuine Appreciation:

Compiling your application packet is an opportunity to reflect not only professionalism but also gratitude and personal growth. By personalizing your packet with a sincere thank-you note, you’re not just ticking a box. You’re building relationships and reinforcing your commitment to your medical career.

Remember, a little gratitude goes a long way, especially when it's helping pave your path to becoming a physician. Your application packet isn't just a collection of papers; it's a showcase of your journey and your character.

I recommend watching highlights of my other conversations with more of our experts, where we discuss more admissions strategies on YouTube or TikTok .

- Rob

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Rob Humbracht is founder and CEO of Passport Admissions and lead author of The Savvy PreMed. He is also CEO at ReelDx and Co-founder of HEAL Clinical Education Network. FOLLOW HIM ON LINKEDIN.