Resources for Recommenders

Letter writers should familiarize themselves with the competencies expected of entering medical students. The AAMC has a useful handout for letter writers HERE. Since applicants usually apply to multiple schools, they should be addressed to "Dear Admissions Committee," "To Whom It May Concern," or " Dear Colleagues." Please do not use “Health Professions Advising” or any individual’s name in the salutation or mention a particular school or program.  Please do not use "Dear Sirs" as a salutation.For any letter writer support please contact our Letters of Evaluation (LOE)  Coordinator, Ms. Monique Morris at pre-health@provost.gatech.edu

Medical schools are particular about the content and presentation of letters of evaluation. Here are some key things they will be looking for:

  • Letters less than two years old
  • Letter must be on department or company letterhead, even if you are attaching them to an electronic portal
  • Letter must include a current date (usually at the top of the letter)
  • Letter must include a real signature (You can learn how to create an image of your signature HERE.)
  • Letter must include the letter writer's full name, title, and contact information (if not already included in letterhead)