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Creating a resume or curriculum vitae for residency

Creating a resume or curriculum vitae for residency

As a medical student, you are quite aware that creating a great resume or curriculum vitae (CV)  is important  when applying for residency.  Residency programs will review your CV on ERAS before inviting you for an interview. Below are some tips and guidelines to help you make your CV relavant and effective.

Curriculum Vitae
•Used primarily when applying for academic, education, scientific, or research positions.
•Also applicable when applying for fellowships or grants.
•Includes a summary of your educational and academic backgrounds as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honors, and affiliations Curriculum Vitae

Why create a CV?
•You will include the same information in your ERAS application
•The MSPE team needs it to see the broader picture of your accomplishments
•To give to your LOR writers

Curriculum Vitae
•There are no rules, just guidelines
•Include things that really define who you are as a person and professional
•Put the story together
•Make a list of all your relevant experiences and accomplishments and organize them into categories:
•Consider standard categories people use: Education, Research, Work Experience, Publications
•And/or categories to highlight your strengths: Teaching Experience, International Experience, Leadership
•(Note: ERAS only uses Work, Research, and Volunteer as categories)

Creating your CV
•Order your headers beginning with the experiences you would most like to highlight
•Add a brief description (1-2 sentences) of your responsibilities, achievements, and competencies gained

Frequently Asked Questions
•How far back should I go?
•What activities should I include?
•How detailed should I be?

General Guidelines
•Sift through your list, make judgment calls on what to include
•Ask yourself “How relevant is this?”
•What is your reason for including it, what are you trying to communicate?
•The further back you go, the more extraordinary the experience/accomplishment should be
•Represent yourself accurately! Be prepared to talk about any of these experiences in a residency interview. 

Descriptions of Research
•Consider the breadth of your readership constituency
•The further from medicine, the more general you should get (eg, environmental science research)
•Area of medicine, what kind of research, and research techniques you used
•Technique, way of thinking, population you interacted with

Title or brief description
Descriptions of Research Example:
Research Assistant
University of California, Davis
January 0000-June 0000
•Characterized the pathogenicityof mutant strains of Listeria. Supervised by Jonas Salk, PhD.
•Manuscript accepted by Journal of Everything Scientific Include supervisor
Include published articles in Publications; 
make sure it is clear which publication goes with which project

Descriptions of Experiences
•Consider the relevance to your professional trajectory
•Communicates relevant skill sets (collaborative skills, leadership, commitment to service)

Descriptions of Experiences
Hospice Volunteer
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
September 0000-June 0000
•Provided patient support through bi-weekly visits and activities.
Co-facilitated bereavement support groups.
Brief description, with an eye toward what is relevant for career goals
Descriptive titles provide an outline of your experiences


Other helpful tips!
– When you list the information, you need to give thought to how relevant the information is, and what impact the information will have on the person reading it.
– Assess the relevance of each achievement rather than just listing facts
– You want your resume to resonate with the reviewer
– Present your work in a clear and concise manner
– Pare down your resume to the most pertinent information; rather than cramming it full of irrelevant info
– Your resume reviewer should be able to grasp your experience in a few seconds

This is what you might want to include in your resume:
* Education (School Name, School Location, Degree Earned, Graduation Dates)
* Academic Honors/Activities/Leadership Positions
* Research
* Internships/Clinics/Residencies/Fellowships (Employer Name, Employer Location, Specialty Area, Dates)
* Practice Experience (Name of Practice/Hospital, Location, Title, Type of Practice, Brief Description)
* Specialty Area
* Publications
* Presentations
* Professional Memberships
* Licensure/Board Certification
* Other Work Experience (Employer Name, Employer Location, Title, Dates of Employment, Brief Job Description)
* Professional Awards/Honors
* Language Skills

Exerpt from:   Medical student’s guide to the CV
5 Quick Fixes for Physician CVs
Building a successful resume for residency
Sample CV – Physicans
Sample CV – Residents and Fellows

– websites listed
– PPT by Drs. Maxine Papadakis, Helen Loeser; Kristen Fitzhenry

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