Physician Cover Letter Information

What is it?

cover letter can accompany your CV. You may be wondering if you are required to send a cover letter with your CV or not, but you should consider doing it for the added benefits. This is a letter that gives you the opportunity to highlight your strengths, describe your professional goals, and give the employer a deeper look at you as a person.


cover letter follows a very basic format. You should address the letter to the employer, and it should consist of three paragraphs, including:

  • An introductory paragraph — this is where you can state why you are applying for the opportunity
  • A body paragraph — this is where you expand on your skills, personal reasons for applying, and professional reason for applying
  • A closing paragraph — this is where you thank the employer for reading your cover letter and highlight follow up

The cover letter should not be more than a page long. Remember, this is a letter accompanying your CV so you do not need to include every detail on your CV in your cover letter. Instead, focus on the key items that help you stand out as the best candidate. At the end of your cover letter, sign the letter and list your phone number or email address underneath your name.

What's included?

Your cover letter is going to accompany your CV, so you do not need to go into deep detail about your career history. You should use your cover letter to highlight your key skills and desirable traits that make you the right candidate for the opportunity. For example, if the employer is looking for someone who is bilingual and specializes in a procedure and you match that description, point it out in your cover letter. This is also an area that you can highlight specific awards or honors that you have received throughout medical school, residency or fellowship, or past opportunities.

You also want to be direct in your letter. Avoid using generic language in your letter. Just like your CV, your cover letter should be tailored to each opportunity you apply for. Try to include the organization's name, the recruiter's name, and location somewhere in your letter naturally. For instance, when addressing the letter avoid, "Dear sir or madam" and instead, "Dear <NAME>" .

A cover letter also gives you the opportunity to discuss your professional aspirations. This is the perfect place to mention what type of practice is most ideal to you and what you are looking to do in the future. Do not avoid talking about your professional reasons for applying to an opportunity in your cover letter. Use this as a format for you to explain why this opportunity matches up with your professional goals.

One thing that is unique about a cover letter is that you can include personal reasons for applying to the opportunity. In your CV, there isn't a section that allows you to say that you love the area of the opportunity, or that your spouse is training near this spot, but you can include this in your cover letter. Mentioning your personal reasons and family in a cover letter is normal. This helps employers see you as more than just a physician.

Looking for an example of a cover letter? See a sample to the right!

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