Your curriculum vitae or resume gives you an opportunity to present the information on your background and achievements. It is helpful to ask family, friends or advisors to review this since it is easy to forget vital information. Your CV will be a work-in-progress; you will update it regularly for the rest of your career. NEVER misrepresent your information/accomplishments in your CV. For instance, if an article is not published, list it as “submitted” or “in progress”…
You need a CV:
• To give to the individuals who will write your letters of recommendation
• To send to programs where you want to do an externship or audition elective
• To send or fax to programs who do not use ERAS
• To assist you with the information you need to enter into ERAS, which will create a CV for you from your application. The categories are defined by ERAS and all will be presented regardless of whether you have anything in this category or not (i.e., if you have not done research, the ERAS application lists research followed by “none.”)
There is no “correct” format for a CV; choose one that is easy to read, and that is clean and uncluttered. It should clearly identify your qualifications.
There are suggested curriculum vitae formats in books listed under the resources section.
• Font 12 point. Stick with one style font. Use boldface to highlight important areas of your CV. Use bullets sparingly
• Leave ample margins. Recommended: 1 inch top, bottom, and sides
• Always check for spelling and correct grammar
• No longer than two pages for residency, scholarship CV. Can be longer once you have finished residency or if you have published a significant number of articles
• Be consistent in the way that you present examples
• Don’t include unnecessary information, like Social Security number, references, personal information, high school education or accomplishments
• Order - last is always first (most recent accomplishments, degrees, jobs, etc. should be listed first)
• Focus on verbs when describing accomplishments, jobs, duties, responsibilities
• Are dates the first thing you see? They shouldn’t be. Most people are interested in what you have done and what your skills are.
• Keep your CV updated with new awards, accomplishments, jobs, etc.
• Style should be organized, neat and pleasing to the eye
• Get others to review your CV and offer suggestions, but in the end, it represents you, so you should like it
• Try to tailor information to the residency or program that you are applying to.
Sample CV 1