Creating a Curriculum Vitae
The Office of Student Affairs encourages our students to use this sample CV as a guide in creating a curriculum vitae (CV). This format is organized in a “chronologically backwards” timeline, which gives the reader a clear view of the path you took to get to your current status. Here are a few tips about preparing your CV:
1. Remember that a CV is not an exercise in documenting how great you are: its purpose is to provide the reader with a clear, concise history of your education, achievements and accomplishments to date, in a fairly truncated format. This particular format makes it easy for the reader to follow your career/education path, while providing you with a format that is easy to update.
a. Use at least a 12-point font. Times New Roman is a standard for many reasons, not least in that it allows for more text on each page.
b. Use narrow margins: you can fit much more on each page.
c. Disavow yourself of the notion that you are going to ever again have a one-page resume.
d. Refrain from “I, me, my” statements; use objective language.
e. The better you prepare your CV now, the easier it will be to update it in the future.
f. Make every word tell.
2. The staff writer prepares your Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE, otherwise known as your Dean’s Letter) in your third year, and that document is largely based upon your CV. Thus, the clearer and more comprehensive you make your CV, the easier it is for the staff writer to accurately and comprehensively convey your history and accomplishments in your MSPE.
3. At this relatively early point in your career, it’s better to err on the side of too much information in your CV, rather than too little. Eventually, older entries will likely be deleted.
4. Remember that, for the purpose of your CV, it’s okay at this time to include activities (jobs, volunteer, etc.) that are unrelated to medicine, provided they demonstrate an acquisition of skills, or a long-term/repeat employment (e.g., working the same summer job all through undergraduate school). Such information, while not “medical”, conveys a great deal about your viability as a potential employee.
5. Put a reminder in your smart device to periodically remind you to update your CV: it will keep you from forgetting to add new information and prevent scrambling at the last minute to make sure it’s current.