GUIDELINES FOR WRITING A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
The University of Washington School of Medicine Admissions Committee has formulated guidelines for letters of recommendation. We suggest that some or all of the following points be addressed:
How well do you know the applicant and under what circumstances did you have contact with him/her?
What strengths does the applicant possess? Does the applicant have any unique characteristics?
Have you observed any particular weaknesses or characteristics which you feel would interfere with a successful medical career?
How well does the applicant get along with the faculty and his/her peers?
How does the applicant handle disappointing or stressful situations?
How do you assess the applicant's emotional maturity?
How do you assess the applicant's oral and written communication skills?
If possible, please indicate reasons why you feel that the applicant should or should not become a physician.
Letters must be printed on University, company or personal letterhead and signed.