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The CV: What You Should Know

Best practices in the search for physician jobs

CV (Curriculum Vitae) is, in essence, a resume. Its purpose is to, in a clear and concise manner, communicate relevant information pertaining to your career as a physician – your academic and professional history. In a nutshell, your CV is your marketing tool and provides a clear snapshot of your experience.

What is relevant and what is not?

How do you organize your CV? Let’s start at the beginning.

Sections / Headings:
Following are the primary sections most commonly included in a CV. When beginning the process of creating your CV, gather any and all information pertinent to these headings. Don’t organize them until after you’ve compiled all of the information. It’s important that you include any and all information that is relative to your future career as a physician. While you’re in the gathering phase, leave no stone unturned.

Include (In Order):
Contact Information (full name, current/permanent address, all phone numbers, fax number, email address)

Post Graduate Training (Internship, Residency, Fellowship, etc; include Employer Name, Employer Location, Specialty Area, Dates)

Education (School, school location, degree earned, graduation date)

Professional Experience

Research (Publications, Case Presentations; cite any awards or honors associated with said research)

Licensure/Board Certification

Professional Memberships

Academic Awards/Honors

Determining Relevancy:
The goal of your CV is to provide a prospective employer with a written picture of you and your skills as a physician. You want to include just enough detail, yet without going overboard with information that is unnecessary. Avoid personal information, hobbies, and such.

In addition, you may be inclined to include all of your presentations. Aureus Medical recommends listing presentations last in the order of your sections and only if you are applying for academic physician jobs. Otherwise, we suggest leaving this section out of your CV altogether.

An employer will likely be reading through many CVs and while you want yours to stand out, you want to eliminate the fluff and items that aren’t significant. Be clear, concise, and precise. You want your credentials and experience to immediately resonate with the employer in a matter of seconds and unnecessary information will cloud the aspects of your history that are the most impressive.

The layout of your CV is important in communicating your message. Stylistic devices, such as boldface, italics, as well as ensuring enough white space on the page, will improve the readability of your CV. Items such as job titles, names of degrees, names of schools, etc. should be easy to read. Readability equals clarity and clarity equals an effective CV.

Your experience should be listed in reverse chronological order, most recent to oldest. Be sure to include dates with all education and experience.

You may find that your Research section is quite extensive. Therefore, if this section lays out longer than one page, move it to the final section of your CV, so that other information maintains a high level of visibility.

Including an Objective:
There are various schools of thought when it comes to including a written objective in a CV. Our position is that it is unnecessary. Any narrative that explains what you are seeking in physician jobs and in a practice should be included in your cover letter and your areas of specialty will be clearly communicated in the Post Graduate Training section of your CV. Anything else such as providing the highest degree of patient care and/or finding employment as a physician is understood and need not be included.

It goes without saying that any typographical errors or inaccuracies may eliminate you from consideration for potential physician jobs. Be sure to check and double check all of the details and ask several people other than yourself to proof your CV.

How to Handle the Blemishes:
If you have had past issues with state medical license revokes, malpractice suits, etc., do not use your CV as a vehicle to provide explanation and resolution. We will work with you on how to best handle this situation.


While there are a number of basics to crafting a CV, it’s also very subjective. There are no hard and fast rules in terms of what to and what not to include. Spend a significant amount of time determining what it is you want to convey to the prospective employer and what will speak to them about you.

Your physician services consultant with Aureus Medical will offer personalized CV consultation to ensure you capture the attention of prospective employers in the most effective way possible and are presented in the very best light.

With extensive knowledge and years of experience in medical recruitment, Aureus Medical is your partner in each phase of your career search.

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