What should be on your curriculum vitae?  In short, less is more.

Start with your basic information: your name including MD or DO, your mailing address, your best contact telephone or cell phone number, and email address.  Do not include your birthdate or social security number on your CV.

Job Objective – Position you are applying for:  if you know you are looking for an “outpatient only” position, include that in your objective statement.  If you are open to “inpatient and outpatient” responsibilities, state that.  It is most important that your CV communicates what you are open to.  In lieu of a job objective statement on your CV, you can provide a cover letter of less than one page.

Briefly describe your background and training, and any distinguishing skills you possess.

For the education and employment sections, include start and end dates (month/year) of each event.  If there is more than a month gap, briefly explain.  This section should be in chronological order, starting with the most recent.

The following is a list of data to include in your CV.


Fellowship – Hospital/City/State/Program Director’s Name

Residency – Hospital/City/State/Program Director’s Name

Medical Degree – School/City/State/Degree-MD or DO

Undergraduate – School/City/State/Degree



Position and Job Responsibilities-inpatient/outpatient/procedures

 Licenses – Active and inactive, include date of expiration


Board Certification – Name of the board/date certified

USMLE – Dates of each step passed

ECFMG (if applicable), month/year attained

You can include the following in the CV if you are applying for an academic position or in an addendum if you are applying for a nonacademic position:





Professional Societies



If you have extensive locums experience, just include your most recent assignments and responsibilities.  The other assignments can be in an addendum to be submitted for credentialing purposes.