How to Write a Doctor Resume

Each resume of a doctor is going to be different. They can be long, short, sparse, or thorough. But here are some common guidelines for when you are constructing a resume for a doctor:

At the very top of your doctor's resume should be your current contact information: address, email address, phone number. The ones you enlist should be frequently used.

The first thing is that you need to keep it concise. Resumes are not cover letters, which can be extremely thorough, containing multiple pages of detailed information. The ideal resume for a physician should only be one page in length. Under certain circumstances, a doctor resume can be two pages long. However, a resume for a physician should never three pages or more.

If you are having trouble shaving your resume down to one or two pages, you should try to eliminate some unnecessary information from it first. The most commonly excluded part of a doctor's resume is the references and personal interests. These parts of a resume are becoming less and less demanded, so some exclude them altogether.

Unlike a cover letter, you should try to highlight, not elaborate. For example, if you are a physician that has an extensive background and research in your field, you need to highlight key examples from it. It can be hard to do. After all, you have spent a lot of time doing the research. But try to fight the urge to write an extensive overview of your accomplishments. Employers can be very busy, so they don't want to read a long, drawn out resume, because they can suffer from ennui. For your career's sake, you don't want that to happen.

Your medical doctor resume should always include your past experience. In your experience section, you should include at least 3 to 5 of your previous positions. When you list them, make sure that they are in reverse chronological order. That means that you list your most recent position first, and work your way backwards. You index your most recent job first because it most likely to be the most relevant to the job you are applying for now.

This type of list should also be used for the education and training section of your doctor's resume. Your most relevant and recent education and training should be listed first so that your potential employer can see you in the best light possible.

If you are a foreign doctor, you need to include your current visa status, regardless of what it is. When you so this, you will show your prospective employer that you are honest and upfront. Also, this will make the visa process go over as smooth and as convenient as possible for them.

If you are a U.S. citizen and you completed your studies and received degrees in other countries that pertain to this doctor's position, you need to include the names and locations of those schools. If you don't, it will be automatically assumed that you received them from the United States.

Like all resumes, a resume for a doctor should be very clear and concise. An employer will not waste his/her time trying to decipher a confusing resume. So, make sure that it is typed up neatly, easy to read/understand, and gets to the point.


Gail Esparan