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Before applying to any job, you must ensure that you have your physician CV updated with the latest developments in your career.
First things first, what is a CV?
A Curriculum Vitae or CV is a document used by academicians and professionals in the teaching, research and medical fields. It provides an overview of your achievements in academia.
What's the difference between a CV and a resume?
Here is how a CV differs from a resume:
- Your educational background always comes first on your CV, unlike a resume where the section on Education is placed in the middle or the end of the document.
- A CV is an elaborate document that allows you to explain why you would make a great fit for the MD job; it can be as long as 3 or more pages. On the other hand, the recommended length for a resume is strictly 1-2 pages only based on your total years of experience.
- A physician CV format typically consists of distinct headings and category divisions.
- Unlike a resume that is mostly written in bullet points, a CV can have more detailed information.
- You can drop the name of your guiding professor in a CV.
What should a physician CV include?
If you are just out of residency, prioritize your education on top of the CV. However, if you have some experience as a physician, make sure to emphasize on the most important parts of your career journey in the first section of the CV. Here is a list of the sections that you must mandatorily include in your CV:
- Full name
- Contact information
- Present role and job title
- Licensure and certifications
- Fellowships, internships and professional appointments
- Practice experience
- Specialty experience
- Presentations and publications
- Awards and honors
- Society memberships
- Language skills
What should you avoid in your physician CV?
- Exam scores
- License and DEA numbers
- Place of birth
- Social Security Number
- Disabilities or health concerns
- Marital status
- Expected salary
- Reasons for quitting current or previous role
What are some quick tips to write a physician CV?
Follow these steps to create an effective physician CV that can advocate your cause during your job hunt:
- Keep all necessary information ready. For example, dates, certifications, transcripts, etc.
- Research the opportunity that you are applying for. It can help you include relevant information and shape your choice of words.
- Organize your CV in a manner that aligns with your goals. Outline each section of the CV to help process the details better.
- Include ATS (Applicant Tracking System) keywords. These keywords are specific words or phrases that employers' ATS identify as the requirements for a position. The absence of these keywords can rob your CV of the chance to be viewed by the employer in the first place.
- Add page numbers and maintain consistency in the format.
- Include a cover letter or a summary to share with the employer.
How do you format a doctor's CV?
Keep the following points in mind while formatting your physician CV:
- Brevity is key. But keep the overall length to three pages.
- Go for a Sans-serif, Arial or Calibri font type with size between 10 and 11.
- Keep the document minimal without much design.
- Maintain a margin of 0.5-1 inch.
- Avoid irrelevant, outdated information.
- Organize information with section headers, bullet points and bold keywords.
- Proofread your CV multiple times for grammar, spellings and syntax.
- Have someone go through the document once to catch mistakes that went unnoticed.
- Convert your file into PDF format to ensure that the text alignment doesn't change when the recruiter downloads the file.
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