Summary: LettersofRecommGuidelines_1208SSPPSSkaggsSchoolofPharmacyand Pharmaceutical Sciences
Guidelines for Requesting Letters of Recommendation
1. Ask early. Give faculty/preceptors at least 4-6 weeks notice (ask by early
November for residency letters).
2. Be sure to make the request politely. You may want to ask the faculty/preceptor in
person rather than by email, if possible. Preceptors and faculty frequently have
multiple competing deadlines and may not have the time to spend 2-3 hours
writing a letter for you. Be respectful if a faculty tells you that she/he cannot write
you the letter.
3. Request letters from a faculty/preceptor who has spent a significant amount of
time interacting with you and so can comment on numerous areas of your
professional demeanor. Examples include a rotation preceptor, an internship
supervisor or a research advisor. Also consider asking faculty liaison to a
community outreach project where you were chair (e.g., Operation Diabetes,
Operation Immunization), or a professional society where you held a significant
office or where chair of a committee. The bottom line is you want to select
someone who can give specific examples of such attributes as your leadership,
clinical, and communication skills, as well as assess your professionalism,
dedication, and ability to work as a team player.
4. Provide the faculty/preceptor with the following (at least 4-6 weeks before the