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Medical Residency Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your Curriculum Vitae is a very important part of your residency application and it is vital that you pay close attention to what you write. Organizing and presenting your medical career information the right way, will impress the residency program directors and will help you get a good residency program in the NRMP residency match. These tips should help you stay one step ahead in the game.

A CV lets you give information that is unique to you. Try putting in everything you can think of at first. You can always remove it later in the process if it doesn't seem pertinent.

A CV is your first chance to impress the residency program director that you are worth talking to in person. It gets you invited to the next step, the residency interview.

Why should the residency program director choose you? Write your CV in a format to highlight two or three unique achievements to quickly impress the program director to choose you over someone else.

Foreign medical graduates have a rich clinical experience taking care of patients with a spectrum of florid diseases. They often have better clinical skills at bedside diagnosis without having to resort to expensive investigations like CT scans and MRI. However, they lack the ability to effectively communicate these points onto the CV or personal statement. Previous clinical experience and responsibilities should be emphasised in the CV and personal statement. Do not minimize these skills.

Arrange your CV in reverse chronological order. It should be evident immediately what you are doing now.

CV should be short, brief and in telegraphic format thus highlighting your accomplishments. Do not try to expand the sentence or language.

Everybody’s CV is different. Everybody's content is different. Dont try to make your CV look similar to your friends.

How should the perfect CV look? There is no perfect CV. Everybody's CV is different. Residency program directors are not looking for a specific CV format. They are looking for content.

Be honest. If you haven’t accomplished anything in a particular category, leave it out.

Consider providing your permanent address and phone number, so that residency programs can contact you if any unexpected openings arise.

E-mail: If you have a difficult or long e-mail address, consider opening a new e-mail address for the purpose of the residency match, that is less than 6 characters long (e.g. Rob999@hotmail.com or tom345@aol.com.

In your residency CV, use action verbs wherever you can.

If you are an International medical graduate (IMG) or a Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG), make sure you mention your visa status.

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Avoid labeling your residency CV as “Curriculum Vitae”. It is obvious that it is a CV.

If you have already published medical papers, title them as “publications”. On the other hand, if you have medical research that has been submitted or is in progress, use the title “research experience”

Headings in your residency CV should include…

Education (Medical school, Pre-medical, Undergraduate)
Professional experience (list dates and locations)
Honors (awards and scholarships)
 (USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 - scores optional, ECFMG certified, Board eligible or certified) 
Clinical Skills (list procedures you are proficient in, ACLS, FCCS-Critical care, ATLS, PALS)
Research (medical publications, ongoing research and posters). 
Visa Status (for International / Foreign Medical Graduates - IMG / FMG)
Personal (hobbies, interests, languages- Spanish).
 (membership in professional medical associations-ACP, AMA, AAP, ACOG, hospital committees).  

Keep your residency Curriculum Vitae short and compact. A well-written CV should not exceed 2 pages.

Sample Dissected CV from UCSF

Guidelines on Preparing a Curriculum Vitae for your Residency Application from UIC

Have your colleagues or residency program director proofread and comment on your work

ERAS applicants Please Note: ­ Although CVs are not included as one of the standard ERAS application documents, programs can create and print out a report(in CV format), based on information in your application. Developing a CV is a very useful exercise as it provides most of the information needed to complete the ERAS application. Having this information in advance of the dean's interview may reduce the amount of time spent completing the ERAS application. In addition, some programs may require the CV as supplemental information; therefore, applicants should consider having the CV available during interviews, should it be required by the program. Your designated dean's office cannot attach your CV to your ERAS application; however, you can view how your MyERAS information will appear to programs by electing the option to print or review your common application form in a CV format in MyERAS.

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