Supporting Documents for Medical Student Opportunities

If you are a medical student pursuing a scholarship, fellowship, research opportunity, or global health elective, you may need supporting documents as part of your application to a program. Below is a description of what is available at BUSM.

  1. A Letter of Recommendation (LOR)

A letter of recommendation (LOR) provides a detailed outline of your academic history, achievements, and a strong endorsement of your skills. LORs are about two pages in length. If you need a LOR (which is not a dean’s letter for residency) you may request one from the following sources.

    • A dean in the Student Affairs Office. Any medical student may request a LOR from the SAO. It requires a meeting with the dean who will write the letter.
    • Dr. Sarfaty in the Enrichment Office. Medical students who have worked with Dr. Sarfaty directly, (i.e. through classroom instruction, service learning projects, or student organization activities) may request a letter from her.
  1. Certificate of Registration or Certificate of Good Standing

The BUSM Registrar will generate the following documents on your behalf:

    • Certificate of Registration
    • Certificate of Good Standing
    • Certificate of Good Standing for Outside Elective

To request any of these documents, complete the Request for verification of student status on the BUSM Registrar’s Office.

  1. Verification of Enrollment

You may obtain a verification of enrollment (confirms you attend BU) from the BU Student Link.

  1. Letter Granting Permission to Undertake Global Health Elective

If you require a letter indicating you have received permission from BUSM to participate in a global health elective, then the Enrichment Office will write a letter (signed by Dr. Sarfaty, Director of Global Health Programs, BUSM) for you. E-mail Ana Gregory to request this document.