UNR Med requires, and will review, three letters of evaluation, including one clinical letter and one academic letter. UNR Med strongly prefers individual letters that are submitted by the writer to AMCAS or via Interfolio. We will accept Committee (or Composite) letters or packets. However, if the Committee/Composite letters or packets do not include the individual letters we require (clinical and academic), they will not be considered and should not be submitted.
Letters should be written and dated during the year prior to the 2022-23 application deadline.
Note: If you are a reapplicant, the committee will accept two (2) letters of evaluation from the immediate past application cycle as long as they were written no more than one (1) years prior to the date you originally applied and meet all current requirements. The third letter must be new and dated for the current admission cycle year.
One (1) Clinical Letter of Evaluation
UNR Med prefers that the clinical letter of evaluation be written by a practicing physician, but will accept letters written by other healthcare professionals who can evaluate, based upon direct observation, an applicant’s interactions with patients, physicians, or other healthcare professionals; who can address an applicant’s passion for medicine; who can evaluate an applicant’s understanding of the roles and responsibilities of being a physician; and who can provide an informed evaluation of the candidate’s interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills, and other professional competencies such as reliability, teachability, and adaptability.
One (1) Academic Letter of Evaluation
The academic evaluation should be written by faculty member or instructor who has directly observed an applicant’s commitment to academic excellence, to lifelong learning, and to applying and sharing their knowledge. Writers are invited to speak to the applicant’s experiences in the classroom, research lab, or as a teaching assistant or tutor and should evaluate competencies that directly impact academic performance such as dedication, collaboration, and capacity to improve.
Note: Non-traditional students who are unable to acquire an academic letter may schedule a brief advising appointment with the Director of Admissions to discuss a waiver of this requirement.
One (1) Other Letter of Evaluation
The third required letter may be a second clinical or academic letter, but can also be written by someone who can evaluate an applicant’s communication and social skills, pre-professional competencies, personal attributes, and how their life experiences have prepared them for success in medical school and as a future physician.