Write your CV

Write your CV and ask a mentor or peer to review it

Technically, most physicians will be creating a résumé, not a curriculum vitae (CV). But even then, physicians and physician recruiters often refer to the document as a CV. Your CV lets potential employers know about your education, training, interests and background.

Don’t get caught up thinking that your CV has to look a certain way or be a certain length. Limiting your CV to one page is not necessary. Just be sure to include any pertinent information regarding your education and experience.

It should be a clear picture of your credentials, training and experience. Always proofread your CV and correct any errors prior to submitting. The style of your CV should be traditional, with traditional fonts on white or neutral paper.

What to include on your CV

  • Contact information: Include your name, medical degree and address.
  • Objective: Consider using your objective statement as the basis for your cover letter instead.
  • Education: Include the name of your school, graduation date and area of study.
  • Academic honors: Include a line for any under the education section.
  • Board certification, specialty and licenses: List the specialty in which you’re board certified (and when) and the states you’re licensed in.
  • Internships, residencies and fellowships: List the institution, location, dates and specialty. Include positions of leadership.
  • Volunteer experience: This can be especially valuable for residents just starting out.
  • Clinical experience: In order from most to least recent, include the practices where you’ve worked. Include a brief description of the facility, your responsibilities, and dates.
  • Publications/presentations: Include any you’ve written or co-authored. Mention any presentations at conferences.
  • Professional memberships: Include relevant societies and organizations.
  • Awards and honors: Include any of your professional recognitions.
  • Cultural activities, interests: Include if you’re very involved in a charity or cultural institution.

- Excerpted from "CV Essentials." Read more at PracticeLink.com.

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