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Sample Letter of Recommendation for Dental School

Updated: Feb 8

Dear Program Director,

My name is XXXX, DMD, and I am the Postdoctoral Director for Periodontics at the XXXX School of Dental Medicine. I am also a former president of the XXXX Dental Association. I have been teaching Dentistry at XXXX for the past 30 years. Very seldom have I seen anyone learn as quickly and develop such a grasp early on of the interdisciplinary nature of our profession as Dr. XXXX. Thus, I am pleased to recommend XXXX for your Accelerated Dental Program at XXXX University.

XXXX served as a resident under my direct supervision. His enormous capacity and dedication to his patients impressed me so much that I made him our Chief Resident in 2015-2016. For example, he worked closely with me, making schedules for pg - periodontics. I could not be more confident that XXXX has the qualities to excel in a DDS Program. I also highly recommended him for his current teaching position as an Assistant Professor of Periodontics at the XXXX School of Dentistry.

I first met XXXX when he was my student in Periodontics. When I made him Chief Resident during his third year, I got to know him incredibly well since I always supervised our chief residents closely. Since then, I have enjoyed listening to his reports of teaching experiences as an Assistant Professor. XXXX has the knowledge and clinical skills to become a leader in dentistry and will prove an asset to the doctoral program that selects him.

In addition to considerable intellect and exemplary performance on standardized examinations, Dr. XXXX is a warm, highly articulate, and engaging individual who teaches others by example, is inclusive and consistent, exudes curiosity, and is keenly motivated to learn new things. He has arrived at the clinic multiple times with handouts on relevant clinical topics tailored to our team. He has been described as one of the best chief residents we have ever had by some of our colleagues, which was why he was invited, for example, to give a presentation at the Zimmer Institute. His production was outstanding – comprehensive in scope yet efficient in delivery. I also heard about his presentation at the North East Implant Symposium and Tri-school Dental Meeting in New York.

XXXX is clearly in the top 5% of all Dental students I have worked with over the past 30 + years. If you have any additional questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sample Letter of Recommendation for Dental School


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