Your resume is a key part of your medical school application. Some might think since you’re uploading all your materials through the AMCAS, you won’t need a paper CV (written overview of your skills, education, and work experience). However, that is not the case. Here’s why: A resume contains all of your work experience, leadership positions, volunteering, shadowing, achievements, awards and honors! It can help you as you complete the AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) activities section. Having a stellar resume to provide to your recommenders is also helpful. Below are some tips to have a polished resume.
1. Keep the time period relevant: Only include work and activities done during college.
2. Consider the sections you want to include: everyone will have to tailor this to their own needs but some examples of sections to have are: education, publications, work experience, licensure and volunteer activities.
3. Include clear descriptions of your experience in each section: Have a consistent format, avoid any abbreviations and the reader should know what you’re talking about immediately.
4. PROOFREAD! Having someone look over your resume to spot any errors and inconsistencies is important.
I would love to hear everyone else’s tips on having a stellar resume. Please comment below with any tips, questions and feedback!