Tips on writing a CV:

A. Presentation:
  • Use a formal font, e.g. “Times New Roman”.
  • Styles: Avoid using italics and underlining. Using the same style and Font, but bold facing or capitalizing the sub-headings gives a better look.
  • Do not use distracting lines, borders or boxes in your residency CV.
  • Font size: Use a minimum size of 12. Your name, headings and titles may be 14. Boldface your name and headings.
B. Structure and content:
  • Your name, contact address, telephone number and e-mail address should be prominently placed on the first page, usually at the top center.
  • Provide your permanent address.
  • Use action verbs wherever you can, in your residency CV. Mention your visa status.
  • Education (Medical school, Pre-medical, Undergraduate).
  • Professional experience (list dates and locations).
  • Honors (awards and scholarships).
  • Qualifications/Certifications (USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 – scores optional, ECFMG certified).
  • Clinical Skills (ACLS, FCCS-Critical care, ATLS, PALS).
  • Research (medical publications, ongoing research and posters).
  • If you have already published medical papers, title them as “publications”. On the other hand, if you have medical research that has been submitted or is in progress, use the title “research experience”.
  • Personal (hobbies, interests, languages- Spanish).
  • Membership in professional medical associations (SAMA, AMA..Etc.)
  • References

Sample CV template