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Preparing an effective CV for Residency applications. Catherine Stace, Career Advisor [email protected] McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS). Introduction. CV writing: an art not a science A tool to highlight your skills, experience and accomplishments

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preparing an effective cv for residency applications

Preparing an effective CV for Residency applications

Catherine Stace, Career Advisor

[email protected]

McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

introduction
Introduction
  • CV writing: an art not a science
  • A tool to highlight your skills, experience and accomplishments
  • You had a great CV to get into medical school – needs to be changed/updated for residency
  • Paper-based CV useful for references and for some individual residency programs
  • Put yourself in the shoes of your reader
  • Update regularly – maintain a “master CV” including everything, then edit for specific positions
formatting style
Formatting/Style
  • Keep it concise, consistent, organized, mistake-free
  • Put most important sections first and allow them the most space (make your format work for you!)
  • Use reverse chronological order
  • A professional document, not an art-project!
  • Invest in good quality paper
  • Be wary of ready-made templates – very labour-intensive to edit/update
  • Try to keep CV between 2-3 pages
residency cv in a nutshell
Title/Demographics

Education

Medical Electives

(Certifications)

(Appointments)

Awards/Scholarships

Research

Research Activities

Presentations

Publications

(Teaching)

Additional Contributions

Committees

Extracurricular Activities

Volunteering

Work Experience

Professional Memberships

Interests/Hobbies

Languages

Residency CV in a Nutshell
questions
Questions?
  • Don’t forget that the Faculty of Medicine Career Planning Office can review your CV upon request
  • Send your drafts by email to: [email protected]
  • (Allow up to 1 week during peak times – Oct/Nov)
  • You can also make an appointment @ CaPS in Suite 2200 Brown Student Services Building for CV/personal statement review and mock residency interviews
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