How to prepare your curriculum vitae
- By: Wai-Ching Leung
A good curriculum vitae (CV) is essential for your successful progression up the professional ladder. As a student, you may need a CV to arrange a student elective or to find a house job. A good CV is also important for those who have completed an intercalated degree and would like to join a clinical course at another medical school, apply for a PhD course, or obtain a research scholarship. Its importance increases after you qualify. You will need to submit your CV for different purposes: your annual assessment; your application for a new job or a research grant; or joining a learned society. Your CV should be prepared to put you in the best possible light.
There are abundant books on the contents and presentation of a general CV. A BMJ article published in 1978, offering doctors guidance on how to prepare a CV, has been reprinted in the