For decades the University has had the policy of using a committee to write letters of recommendation for medical, dental, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy (4 yr), physical therapy, physician's assistant, podiatry and veterinary medicine professional schools.
PROCESS TO REQUEST A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATIONYou've finished interviewing - Now What??
Dr. Tischler composes letters of recommendation after all of the interviews are completed (unless special arrangements are made with her in advance). You will need to set up an appointment with Dr. Tischler in order to discuss your letter. THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER ACTION TAKEN ON YOUR LETTER UNTIL YOU HAVE MET WITH DR. TISCHLER.
PAPER LETTERS SENT DIRECTLY TO SCHOOLS
"Request for Letter of Recommendation" and the "Release of Rights" forms are available in Birck 348 by my desk. YOU MUST SIGN AN ORIGINAL RELEASE OF RIGHTS FORM FOR EACH LETTER YOU ARE REQUESTING. These releases go into the packet of information that we send to the schools. It is to your advantage to check the "I do release my rights..." section. You can sign several in advance and leave them with me along with payments in anticipation of future letters to be sent. I will put them in your file and use them as needed. Then, you can just email me with an address, saving you a trip into the office.
I do try to get the letters out within 5 working days. PLEASE ANTICIPATE YOUR NEEDS! FOR MED SCHOOLS-PICK UP THE FORMS EARLY SO YOU CAN FILL THEM OUT IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOUR SECONDARY LETTERS ARRIVE.
If you are requesting more than one letter at a time, please fill in ONE "Request for Letter" form and just attach a list of SCHOOLS AND ADDRESSES. (Please include the complete address of the school that you are sending the recommendation. Yes, I do have the address on file, but when there are piles of requests to get out, the ones with completed forms go out faster than the ones I have to look up). The "Request for Letter" form has information on it that I need to complete your packet. LETTERS WILL NOT BE SENT OUT IF I DO NOT HAVE ONE CURRENT COPY OF THIS FORM ON FILE. (A "request" form each time you come in is OK, it may help you to stay organized; one for each letter is ok too, but it's a lot of extra writing for you.)
The charge is $2.00 per letter requested. Payment is due with the request, or in advance. I accept cash or a check made payable to "Benedictine University". LETTERS WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT UNLESS PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.
ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED LETTERS
All electronic letters will require a "Request for Letter" form and a "Release of Rights" form to be submitted to Michelle Mosier before any letter is sent. Effective June 22, 2009 - The fee for electronic letters is $5.00.
Starting with the 2010 admission cycle, AMCAS has many schools participating in an electronic letter submission system. To request a letter through AMCAS, students must:
- Release rights to the Advisor Information System
- Provide both the AAMC ID and Letter ID (print out the AMCAS form and turn it in with your request letter)
Interfolio is now participating in electronic submissions. Please provide a copy of your AACOMAS ID and your Document ID with your submissions.
DENTAL SCHOOLS, PHYSICIANS ASSISTANTS, PHARMACY:
The procedure for submitting letters through AADSAS, CASPA and PharmCAS is similar.
- Waive your rights so that the letter is confidential
- Use Dr. Tischler's email information in your submission (email@example.com)
If you have any questions regarding these steps, PLEASE call or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Michelle Mosier (630) 829-6232
Updated November 12, 2010