Designing a Curriculum Vitae

Office of Graduate Medical Education

  1. Important information
    1. Personal
      1. Name
      2. Addresses with phone number and email address: include both work and home
    2. Education
      1. College(s) and medical school
      2. Options include:
        1. listing degree (major along with undergraduate and graduate)
        2. listing level of degree (cum laude, magna cum laude)
        3. listing dates attended or date of degree
    3. Residency (sometimes internships and residencies are listed separately especially if one is a preliminary position)
      1. Can be referred to as
        1. Postdoctoral Training
        2. Post Graduate Education
        3. Training
        4. Residency Training
      2. If attended more than one program then list in chronological order
    4. Work Experience
      1. This is where you put your moonlighting and other experiences outside of residency.
      2. You can also put any other relevant work experiences i.e. working in a physician's office etc.- just list the position, not the responsibilities; don't go beyond medical school.
    5. Licensure; include the state, date, and number
    6. Certifications; include everything
      1. National Boards Certification
      2. Pediatric Advanced Life Support - provider and/or instructor
      3. Neonatal Advanced Life Support - provider and/or instructor
      4. Advanced Cardiac Life Support - provider and/or instructor
      5. Advanced Life Support Obstetrics - provider and/or instructor
      6. Advanced Trauma Life Support - provider and/or instructor
      7. Any other type of certificate you may have
    7. Honors and Awards; don't go back before college
      1. Alpha Omega Alpha
      2. Gold Humanism Honor Society
      3. Resident Teaching Award
      4. Resident Research Day Award
      5. Research Award from professional society
      6. Any other award you may have received
    8. Committees; any institutional, hospital or residency committees
      1. Institutional
        1. Resident Forum
        2. Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC)
        3. Admissions Committee
      2. Hospital
        1. Performance Improvement
        2. Quality Improvement
        3. Emergency Procedures
      3. Residency
        1. Recruitment
        2. Class representatives
        3. Education committee
        4. Social committee
    9. Professional Societies
      1. State Chapter of Professional Society (i.e. Nevada Chapter of ACP)
      2. National Professional Society (i.e. American College of Surgeons)
      3. AMA
      4. NSMA
      5. Clark County Medical Society
    10. Research
      1. List any current projects
    11. Bibliography
      1. Include papers and abstracts
      2. Presentations
    12. Community and volunteer activities
      1. Precept students at Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN)
      2. Participate in Sports Physicals
      3. Coach soccer or little league
      4. Teach swimming or knitting or whatever
  2. Format
    1. Format is important, the reader needs to be able to read the information without getting confused or disoriented.
    2. White space in the document is fine, it separates out different sections and enables the reader to group like categories together.
    3. Variation of font is often helpful, if you cannot change the fonts on your computer, use bolding, underlining and italics to help provide variety. Don't over do it.
  3. Proof-reading
    1. It is critical that you proofread for spelling errors, number errors and sequence errors
    2. Review your CV for format consistency
    3. The best way to proofread your CV is to have someone else review it
  4. Cover Letters
    1. A CV needs to be accompanied by a cover letter
    2. Cover letters do not need to say much
    3. Purpose is to briefly introduce yourself and present your CV
    4. Items to be included in a cover letter
      1. Reason writing the letter
        1. I am writing in response to the advertisement in…
        2. I am interested in applying for…
        3. I would like information about…
      2. Current position
        1. I am presently a third year Pediatric Resident…
        2. At the present time I am completing my Surgery training
        3. In June 2012, I will finish my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology…
      3. Identify where you are training; this can be combined with number 2.
      4. Briefly explain what you want to do; this is an elaboration of number 1.
        1. I am looking to join a practice as a psychiatrist
        2. My goal is to become a rural family physician…
        3. I would like to work as a hospital based internist…
      5. Tell some thing special about yourself, to make you the best person for the job
        1. My interest in serving the underserved…
        2. As part of my residency, I participated in research…
      6. End the letter assertively, but not aggressively
        1. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future
        2. If you have any further questions, please contact me
        3. I would be interested in discussing this position with you
      7. Miscellaneous
        1. Use nice stationery if you are not sending it out electronically
        2. If sending electronically and you choose to use a background, don't have it be over powering
        3. Remember to put your address on the letter as well as the CV type the letter, or have someone else type it for you
        4. Proof read the letter