Writing your CV for Medical Residency: Detailed Structure Overview

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Whilst there is no set template for a residency CV, it can still be helpful to have a rough-guide template that you know will be accepted and understood by program directors across the country. The following is adapted from various different medical schools’ guidance, and includes everything that you need.

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Part 1: The Layout

Your layout should be simple, and clean. Avoid anything that is glitzy or over-designed; it will not look professional. Instead, stick to a standardy typeface – Times New Roman is universally recommended, and a font size between 10-12. Your margins should be one inch, and you should use bolds and italics both sparingly and consistently – typically that means for headings or subheadings only. You may also use them to highlight your name in a citation. Page numbers should be included in a consistent location in the heading or footer. The lower left corner is typically recommended.

Part 2: Personal Information

You must include the following:
– Your full name, exactly as it will appear on your application.
– Your current address
– Your phone number and your email

This personal information should be presented in the header on the first page, and may also include a headshot, if this is professional-looking.

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Part 3: Sections

Your sections should be laid out as follows. There can be some changes made, of course, but it is vital that you start with education and work from there.

Education should be in reverse chronological order, and when covering your medical school you should outline that your degree is expected, with the date of graduation. If you are taking a dual degree, then put your thesis as a bullet point under your advanced degree. Work backwards through pre med to high school.

Employment should be in reverse chronological order. Your focus should be on employment that is related to Medicine first, and other employment as a lesser focus. Try to include brief, bullet point reflections on your core roles and highlight how these illustrate your ability.

Military Service can be included separate to employment, if this is relevant. Include relevant information on rank, service record, and reflections on attributes as you would with employment.

Licensure can also be included separately if appropriate. This would include medical (e.g. if you have crossed over from another area of healthcare) or other certifications, e.g. teaching.

Research experience is the next major section. Once again, it must be in reverse chronological order. You must include the institution and the principal investigator for each experience or paper mentioned. You must include brief bullet points on your role and the attributes shown, and skills gained through the process.

can also be part of research – outline if you were the principal or a co-investigator, and cover research awards and publication as well. If you are including a peer reviewed-journal, then ensure that you cover all of article Title, Authors, Publication Name, Publication Volume/Issue Number/Pages/Month/Year, PMID. If your peer reviewed journal article has not been published, include authors, publication Name, publication Status (Submitted, provisionally accepted, accepted or in-press), and the expected date of publication. If you have a peer-reviewed book chapter, include all of the chapter title, name of book, authors, editors, pages and country. Poster presentations should include the presentation title, authors and presenters, the event and the country and state. An oral presentation should include the presentation title, authors and presenters, event or meeting, and country and state. Peer-reviewed online publications must include the authors, URL and publication date.

Leadership is a popular section to include next, and should once again be in reverse chronological order. Ensure that you include each role and 1-2 bullet points on exactly what you did, and how it demonstrated your leadership and/or other attributes as appropriate.

Volunteer Experience
& Extracurriculars will follow this. As with other sections, it should be in reverse chronological order. Include 1-2 bullet points on each that demonstrate how you stand out through the experience listed.

Professional Society Memberships can be a standalone section if relevant to you. Include those that are particularly pertinent for your choice of program.

Interest and Hobbies is optional – especially in light of already having included extracurriculars – but if included should focus on language fluency and cultural knowledge and diversity.

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