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Asking for a letter of recommendation from a professor who was a postdoc when they taught me? Is that a bad idea or fine?

Asked 1 year ago by Guest (200 points)

Hi, I was wondering if it would be bad to ask for a letter of recommendation from a professor who was a post doc when they taught me (they also taught me in a class that is highly recommended you take before applying to med school)?

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Answered 1 year ago by mark-ER (6700 points)

Short answer = yes, it's a perfectly appropriate source for a letter of recommendation.  Couple of caveats:  is the person now a professor in the sciences (esp. biomedical sciences)?  Is he/she employed by a reputable school (i.e. accredited college, university of medical school, preferrably in the USA)?  How long ago did you closely work together and is that person going to remember you and write you a STRONG letter?  The questions are more to spark your thinking bout "is this appropriate person to write a letter" (most likely yes), but is this the best person to serve as a reference (i.e. maybe there is someone better).

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