How to Request a LOR from Dr. Sarfaty

Suzanne Sarfaty, MD, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, is happy to write letters of recommendation (LOR) (for scholarships, research externships, etc,) on behalf of medical students with whom she has worked with directly, i.e., through classroom instruction, service learning projects, or student organization activities.

Students who require a LOR who have not worked with Dr. Sarfaty may request a letter through the Office of Student Affairs. Dr. Sarfaty also does not write dean’s letters (for residency application) for fourth-year students; this is also a function of the Office of Student Affairs (contact Susan Norris).

Procedures for Requesting Letters of Recommendation

Send all documents (outlined below) to Ana Bediako: abediako@bu.edu. Please provide at least 3 weeks of lead time for your LOR to be completed.

1. Send an E-mail of Intent to Ana Bediako

The e-mail of intent authorizes Dr. Sarfaty to write your LOR and include the info you provide.The e-mail of intent must include the following:

  • Brief description/purpose of the LOR including organizational info with address and contact person.
  • Deadline for receipt of the LOR.
  • Any special instructions for sending the letter, e.g., mail, transmission via a website, etc.
  • Your name and contact information (including cell phone)

2. Provide Supporting Documents

You must provide the following (send these directly to Ana Bediako via e-mail)

  • Complete Biosketch form that is available as a Word document on this website
  • Electronic copies of your third- and/or fourth-year clerkship/rotation evaluations (if applicable) available via your student profile
  • Electronic (unofficial) copy of your medical school transcript

3. Send a Reminder E-mail to Ana Bediako

Send an e-mail to Ana about 5 days before the due date of your letter to ensure the letter is on its way. This is a precautionary measure to be sure that your LOR doesn not fall through the cracks as we have multiple requests from students.