Shadowing a Doctor

October 16, 2013

Your CV is an important part of your medical school application. A professionally written CV is what will make your application stand out from among the hundreds that the admissions authorities have to sift through, come admission time. But first, it is important to understand the difference between a CV and a resume. Most people are under the impression that both are one and the same thing. They aren’t.

The Difference Between A CV And A Resume

A resume is generally restricted to a single page and features a list of the applicant’s objectives.

A CV on the other hand, could run into several pages and contains multiple specialized categories. A CV will highlight the applicant’s major educational qualifications and complete work experience till the date of writing the resume.

  Gap Medics students in the operating theatre at Maharaj Hospital in Thailand.

Tips For Writing Your CV

Here are a few pointers that will help you write that effective and one-of-a-kind CV for your medical school application:

  •  Your CV should feature several separate categories that cover training, workshops, teaching, lectures, seminars, continuing education, fellowships and scholarships, amongst other things.
  •  The first category on your CV should have a mention of your education. This is a very important section as the application is for a graduate school. Highlight the university or college you attended. Special interests, if any, should be mentioned in this section as well.
  • The next section will cover details about your work experience. Any time that you have spent as a research assistant, a doctor’s intern or at a volunteer job at a healthcare facility, should be mentioned here.  – – Remember to always split these into categories.
  • Conduct a certain amount of research on the medical school that you are applying to and tailor your CV to fit the school’s mission. A CV that is customized to the school shows that you are eager to connect with their programs and values. Check the programs that are on offer and find some links between what you want to do and the proffered programs.
  • List all other relevant information in different categories. The main idea behind this is to create a CV that is laid out in an easy to follow manner. Mention sections on research papers, seminars, dissertations and publications. All of these will indicate the depth of the research that you have already completed.
  • List the earlier experiences first and work your way down to the oldest. Always maintain the chronological order.  
  • Always number the pages of your CV. This makes it easier for reviewers to co-ordinate and refer to any particular section that is under discussion during the application process.
  • Remember to number your longer lists too. This gives the reviewer a clear view of your achievements at a quick glance so they do not have to sift through information.

Gap Medics student Jessica with new born baby in Tanzania. You will find a number of templates online for writing your CV. You can use any one of these templates and customize it to suit your needs. The important thing is to always maintain consistency in the format right through the CV.