CV and Personal Statement
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In the world of applications and interviews, the Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the equivalent of a one minute patient presentation. It should be concise yet complete. A well written CV places a succinct, factual yet positive account of your academic, career and extracurricular accomplishments at the fingertips of the residency director. The CV works with the rest of your application to win you an interview.
What to include in the CV:
(1) Name and Address
Use the same name that you use in your applications, dean’s letter, transcripts, and correspondence with the programs and the matching service. Make sure to include an address and a phone number where program directors can reach you during the entire interview season.
List all major or medically related educational experiences from the present through college. Include the name and place of the institution, your area of study, dates of enrollment, type of degree received, and honors bestowed at graduation (e.g., graduating cum laude). List your expected graduation date.
If you have had an opportunity to participate in any research during medical school be sure to include this information. You will want to include the principle investigator overseeing the lab, the type of research being conducted as well as the dates you worked in the lab.
List all major or medically related work experiences, whether paid or volunteer. Include dates or work experience. If you worked as a tutor for Office of Students, you will have to decide where to place this experience. If you have many other employment experiences, you may want to place the tutoring experience under teaching. If you have had other experiences in teaching - it may be best to place under the employment category.
Include any opportunities you have had while in medical school. These examples could include working as a course teaching assistant, tutoring high school or college students.
Include any award and scholarship that you have received during your med school years as well as the most important awards and scholarships from your undergrad years.
Catalog any abstracts and papers published, in press, or submitted for publication. Format each publication as a detailed bibliography reference. Also list research presented or talks given at conferences.
If you contributed to the publication - Letters to a Third Year.
Last Name, First Name. (2007). Letter to a third-year medical student. In Letters to a Third Year Student from the Class of 2008, 5th Volume (Special Publication). San Antonio, TX: The UT Medical School at San Antonio, Student Affairs. Your Page Number
(8) Extracurricular Activities
List the most important long-term activities you were involved in during medical school. This category should include such things as community service projects, community work, participating in student organizations.
List hobbies and interests that define you. Also mention any special qualifications or skills that might enhance your effectiveness (foreign language, knowledge of sign language).
The goal of your single page personal statement is to present yourself as a unique candidate and summarize your reasons for selecting a particular specialty. It should reveal your motivation and describe the strengths and accomplishments that predict your future success. A well written personal statement illustrates an ability to reason and to communicate effectively.
There are many points of view on this subject, but all agree that you will need to address the following questions in your personal statement:
- What makes you unique? What strengths, skills, and experience will you bring to this specialty? (the most important question)
- What makes you a good fit for the specialty?
- What makes you stand out among applicants?
- Why did you choose this specialty? (a brief explanation of your decision process)
- What appeals to you about the specialty?
- How did you make your choice?
- What are your career goals at this time? (the least important of the 3 questions)
Surgical Residency Interviews (John H. Winston, M.D., M.B.A.)
CV and Personal Statement (David L. Henzi, Ed.D.)
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