Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Student Affairs & Career Counseling
Creating a CV

Please visit our CV Submission page to upload your CV.  We ask that you upload a copy of your most current CV before your second and third-year meeting with your assigned student affairs dean.  For third-year medical students, your CV must be uploaded by February 27th, 2017 as this will be used to start writing the introduction of your Medical Student Performance Evaluation. You will be able to use this site to upload future versions throughout the process.  To do this, go back to the CV Submission page and re-upload your CV.  For more information, please visit the SKMC 2018 Blackboard Page

Please do not hesitate to contact your assigned Student Affairs Dean with any questions or concerns. We are happy to review your CV and provide feedback.

CV vs. Resumé

A Curriculum Vitae is detailed biographical description of accomplishments and activities, while a resumé is an overview of activities and experiences.

CV Samples

Residency Application Process

You will use the information from your CV to complete your application for residency, though it will not be a straight upload of your CV. For your Residency Application, your CV will need to include:

  • Leadership activities
  • Scholarship activities
  • Specialty-specific skills (for example, if you are applying to a surgical field, evidence of manual dexterity, such as carpentry, may be relevant, but if you are applying to pediatrics, experience as a camp counselor may be more relevant)

Things to Do When Making Your CV

  • Use a conservative font, such as Times New Roman, usually 10 or 12 point
  • Use underlining and italics sparingly (these are appropriate in citations)
  • Have someone proofread your CV
  • Include detail in research activities: principal investigator and your role (research assistant, grant coordinator, data collector). Provide dates and source of funding
  • Include the credentialing body conferring a certification (i.e. language interpreter, HIV testing)
  • If you have several publications from extensive research experience, consider breaking up the publications section: peer-reviewed publications, non-peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, chapters, books, etc.  If you are like most students, who have a limited number of publications, consider listing them all under a general heading of “publications.”

Things to Consider When Making Your CV

  • Some people have biases about fraternities and sororities. They may think of John Belushi in “Animal House.” You might still want to include your involvement in a Greek organization, but just be aware that it could be viewed with a bias.
  • Including your involvement in political or religious organizations may be viewed with a bias
  • It is more professional to send your CV as a PDF than a Word document.  A PDF cannot be modified. A Word document can.

Things to Avoid When Making Your CV

  • Including an introductory paragraph of purpose, as is sometimes seen on a resume.
  • Referring to letters of references (e.g., “References available on request”).
  • Leaving large gaps of time between activities. Providing detail gives the reader a full scope of your experience, even if it doesn't pertain to medicine.
  • Including information from before college. Exception: Students who are in an accelerated program where college was shortened (i.e., Penn State Program) or if the achievement was significant (i.e., valedictorian, Eagle Scout).
  • Writing in the first person.
  • Using “submitted to,” “in consideration,” “pending review at” or “in progress” in the publication section. Include only pieces that have actually been published or have been formally accepted.
  • Including lectures or presentations under publications.
  • Including personal identifying information such as home address, social security number and medical licensing numbers.
  • Sharing your age, birth date or family information (children, spouse).
  • Using acronyms or abbreviations.

Common Mistakes

  • Incorrect dates/times
  • Not putting things in chronological order
  • Not underlining or putting name in bold in publications
  • Using inconsistent formatting
  • Not proofreading or spell checking
  • Using incorrect tense—use past tense for things that have been completed and present tense for things that are continuing
  • Forgetting to include cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude if it was earned with the undergraduate degree


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