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How To Write Curriculum Vitae Specially for Medical Professionals

Curriculum Vitae shortly known as CV is the first step of getting a Job. Every job seekers should try to submit an effective Curriculum Vitae for the job. There are many Curriculum Vitae samples, templates etc available in internet. You can download any of them. Today I will show you some tips for writing an extraordinary Curriculum Vitae and give you an curriculum vitae examples. A good curriculum vitae should contain precise information about personal history, educational and professional qualifications, achievements and experience. The proper CV should create an positive image, create an interest about you to invite you for a personal interview and should be distinguished from others. For medical profession, a CV bears a great importance.

How To Write Curriculum Vitae Specially for Medical Professionals
How To Write Curriculum Vitae Specially for Medical Professionals

The purpose of CV is to present yourself. A curriculum vitae should describe why you want the job and you should get the job. Its important to keep your CV up to date and relevant information wherever necessary. You should focus on the post that your applying for. Emphasize more on the specific post and add some aspects of your experience or training over others. Your CV is a concise summery of your professional qualifications, achievements and experience. It should speak for you. Make sure information you submit clearly communicates a sense of professionalism, competence, and enthusiasm.

For a Medical Professionals the typical CV writing is somehow different. For a new MBBS graduate like me, there are very few experiences and degrees to show. Our CV is our advertisement for the first job in field of Medical profession. Recently I have helped one of friend to write a CV or resume. She is going to complete her Internship. She wants to build up her career in Basic Medical Science. A medical resume is different than any other kind of professional resume.

Remember that a CV is not just a record of your life from your perspective; it is a summary of how you can provide the skills and experience required by the role and the employer.

Tips to Write Curriculum Vitae

Length: It will depend upon your professional skills and experience. Every bit of information is necessary if that is relevant to the post, that you are applying for. But including inappropriate and unnecessary things should be avoided. One page CV or resume is enough for starter.  Generally accepted that a two-to-four page C.V. should communicate the essential background details for a young professional. Avoid long sentences and tough word that is hard to understand. Keep in mind that Simplicity is Best. This is not a examination rather a presentation.

Format: There are many formats available. Choose any of them. It should be attractive and eye-catching. You can use simple plain format. You should common easy to read fonts. Do not use block words or italic formats inside the document. You can use bullets list. Print them in white paper. Keep a good width of margin on all side.

Photos: A passport size photo should be added with the document. It can be placed in the left or right side depending on the design. The photo should be clear and contain your face in the center. It should not be Photoshoped to something beautiful.

Spelling: A spelling mistake will create wrong impression. So before you print your document double check the resume. Even before submission again check the name, places, schools and other uncommon words. The name must be matched with your certificate name. Avoid grammatical mistakes. Use quality paper, ink, and equipment and avoid Photocopy of CV.

Print your C.V. on standard 8 1/2″ x 11″ white paper; print on one side only. All pages should be smudges and streaks free. A single staple in the upper left-hand corner is sufficient. your CV should look neat and tidy with all the information easy to find

Headlines of the Curriculum Vitae

1. Objectives and Career Goal:

It should describe your will to make a bright future. I wrote this for my friend who wanted to apply for a Lecturer post in a Private Medical College after Internship. A sample is like this:

To build up my career as a qualified Doctor and prove my potentiality in the academic field of Medical Profession and by applying my academic expertise and clinical skills to deal with Health oriented problems through a progressive and dynamic working arena with the vision of a prospective future.

2. Academic Qualifications:

This includes your achievement in different public exams. In Bangladesh, the public exams are SSC, HSC. The MBBS is the certificate for medical profession.

Educational Background – include your degree, year degree was received, complete name of institution (no abbreviations) and its location.

3. Personal Information

Add your full name, contact address, mobile number, email address, date of birth, nationality, marital status etc. I would also include the BMDC registration number. Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council is the organisation of Bangladesh. You should include your  Registration number as a Doctors. Also you can add your National ID card number. If you have different present and permanent address you should mention that.

4. Work Experience

This is one of the most important section. For an Experienced Physician or Surgeon it is easy to add much information. But for a MBBS holder it’s quite tough. So what should you include here? You can add your experience as a Part time medical officer in various clinic. If you are now in a Job add this. Use the length of your job like from “starting date to till this date”. This means it is your current job and you want to migrate here.

Employment History – leave NO gaps in the total number of years worked (account for every year); distinguish between part-time and full-time work; use separate headings for entries such as: military service, volunteer activities, leave of absence (explain).

5. Publications, Presentations, and Other Activities

As a medical students you know better about health and health related problems. If you have any publications in local or international magazines, newspaper you can add that.

6. Special Achievements

Extraordinary Achievements in your previous class can show you that your meritorious from childhood. Add any scholarship information if you have any.

7. References

References from your respective teachers should enough. Include the following information in each entry: name, position, address, and telephone number, and e-mail if possible.

Some minor Headlines:

These are not so essential but can make a difference. If you have really these achievements, you can add that. Such as

1. Key strengths

  • Strong foundation in        academic field of Medical Profession
  •  Ability to build interpersonal relationships
  •  Positive mindset
  • Highly self  motivated
  • Team work Spirit
  • Adaptable
  • Inquisitive
  • Rapid Learning Capability
  • Ability to produce report and presentation to a professional standard

2. Interest: 

Your interest that should reflect your relation with the Job you want.

  • Academic arena of Basic Medical Sciences.
  • Medical Research.
  • Environment Health & Safety.

3. Extra Curricular Activities :

  • Financial Secretary of Sandhani Rajshahi Medical College Unit.
  • Organizing Secretary of Sandhani Rajshahi Medical College Unit.
  • Performed Stage Drama as a Member of Association for Culture and Education.
  • Secured 2nd Position in Debate in Student Cultural Week. ETC

Curriculum Vitae Template:

I have found many template in Microsoft Word Processor. Open Microsoft Word> Go to New> Write “Resume” in the search Box and voila ! A lot templates just in front of you. I have used Microsoft Word 2013.

Curriculum Vitae Sample

There are nearly hundreds of sample available. All samples are in PDF format. I am going to show some of them here:

CV Samples (PDFs)  from www.mcw.edu

Physician CV Sample from Candidatedirect.com

Physician CV Samples for New Doctors

Physician CV Samples for Experienced Doctors

Doctors CV template

Information resources: For more information about how to write a medical cv see below.

How to Write a Medical Resume (Link)

Medical CV writing skills by Laura Brammar (Link)

How to Write a C.V. by Annabeth Borg, Retired Medical Secretary, Williamsburg, Virginia (Link)

Physician Resume Tips (Link)

RCP insight How to write a medical CV [PDF]  By Dr Clement Lau BMedSci (Hons), MBChB with Honours

Here is CV of Dr. Alamgir Hossain Shemul [Updated: 16.03.16]

Ok that’s All. If you have completed your CV, share with us. Thanks.


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