How to Prepare the Best Possible Curriculum Vitae

  • Heather KennaEmail author


A critical component of early success in academic medicine is the curriculum vitae (CV), which provides a detailed overview of the academic physician’s specific expertise and skills in a clear and organized fashion. Learning to prepare an excellent CV early in one’s career will greatly assist the academic physician throughout his or her professional life, given the importance of the CV and its subspecies (e.g., the bio sketch, resume, dossier) for achievement of institutional advancement and research funding. A chronological format for the academic medicine CV is often preferred, and some experts recommend maintaining “short” and “long” versions of the CV to have available for tailoring to specific needs. The CV should be valued as a “living document” that the academic physician commits to keeping updated through means that work best for him or her. Always follow appropriate CV guidelines from one’s pertinent institution or organization, and give consideration to its mission goals in highlighting specific factors in one’s CV. Bold one’s name in the bibliography, and provide annotations for “team science” contributions. Personal or autobiographical statements, which are often required to accompany the CV, should summarize one’s experience and expertise in a relevant field and succinctly convey one’s particular value to an intended proposal or institutional application. Finally, keep in mind that first impressions are lasting; therefore, ensure validity throughout one’s CV and carefully review for any typographical or grammatical errors, inconsistent formatting, or other presentation flaws.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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