The letter of recommendation, a critical component of your health professional school admissions application, is entirely dependent on someone else -- your recommender/evaluator. How you request a letter influences a person’s responses and ultimately the quality of your letter of recommendation.
If someone has graciously agreed to write a letter on your behalf and they have yet to submit the letter or form, it is appropriate to follow up with the individual.
If you are extremely close to the deadline it is okay to nicely ask if the individual still has time to write a letter. If they cannot write you a letter, you should notify the appropriate person and find someone else who may be able to write on your behalf.
Always send a thank you to each of your evaluators. They have taken time to do you a great favor.
If you can keep the above in mind when asking for a letter of recommendation then not only will you be thoughtful in your request, but you will be headed toward success.