Basic Curriculum Vitae Outline

The following is a standard and recommended format for your CV.


  • Put your full name at the top of the first page. Include your degree after your name, indicating MD, DO, FACP, PhD, etc.
  • Directly under your name, include your contact information. Only list addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses where you want to be contacted about job opportunities. List (W) work, (H) home, (C) cell, or (P) pager after each telephone number.
  • It is helpful to list your citizenship or visa status.

Postgraduate Training

  • Record your postgraduate training in reverse chronological order.
  • List program name, type of program, city, state, and start and finish dates for each of the following:
    1. Fellowships
    2. Residencies
    3. Internships


List your education in reverse chronological order, including the following:

  • Medical school name, city, state, degree obtained (MD or DO), and start and finish dates (Month/Year).
  • Undergraduate school name, city, state, degree, major, and start and finish dates (month/year).

Professional Experience (include military experience and branch of service, if applicable)

Include medically related work history since the start of medical school, beginning with your most recent practice location. List position held, name of facility, city, state, and start and finish dates.

It is only necessary to list non-medical employment if it explains a gap in your professional experience or education.


  • List states in which you are licensed, have been licensed, or have applied for a license (license number is not necessary on a CV).
  • List the issue and expiration date for each license.
  • List the status of each license, such as Active or Pending.
  • List DEA license, if you have one, with the expiration date (do not list the number)


  • List board certification and status (e.g., board certified, board eligible, or awaiting date of exam). Include specialty or sub-specialty of certification.
  • List exams taken (passed only) and dates (e.g., Flex, National Boards, and the like).
  • List current certifications such as ACLS, ATLS, BCLS, or PALS and the issue date.

Honors and Awards

List medically related honors and awards and dates received.

Professional Memberships

List medically related organizations and societies, beginning with the most recent.

Research, Presentations, Abstracts, and Publications

List works in reverse chronological order. Use the appropriate format for citing abstracts and publications. If applying for a non-academic position, it is recommended your CV not exceed two pages. It may be preferable to state, "Fifty-six papers published from 1995 to 2004. Citations furnished on request," rather than list them individually.


References should be provided only upon request.

  • List three to six references and mark as "confidential" if requested by your reference.
  • Include the title, name, medical organization, and the nature of the reference, e.g., personal or professional.
  • Select references carefully.
  • For residents and fellows, include your residency program director.
  • For practicing physicians, provide at least one reference from each practice location.
  • Always contact personal references to secure their permission before including on the list, and request their preferred mode of contact. List only that method.
  • Provide your references with the names of the hiring institutions who may be contacting them to ensure they respond in a timely fashion.