Medical Resume

A medical resume is your trump card to victory in securing a job. Like any other resume, it is the single most important official document that decides, early on, whether you will get the job or not. It all depends on the style of writing and whether the writer has adhered to the industry standards of resume writing while drafting his/ her resume.

A medical resume carries all your important details about work history and educational qualification. It articulates your skills and achievements in the medical field in the most professional manner. As a writer, you need to, intricately, define the exact aim/s that you want to achieve with your resume.

Although, there are some basic rules to be followed for structuring an ideal medical resume.

  • Career objective - Write a strong objective statement, the one that clearly states your passion and willingness to perform and grow. Make sure that you write and conclude it in one sentence; longer paragraphs will add no advantage to the supposed impact.

  • Skills Summary - Here, in bullet points, mention your medical specialty and other details that will make you stand out in the crowd. You can, for example, mention about the number of successful operations performed by you till date, or any other USP of yours.

  • Work Experience - Here, you mention the hospitals where you have worked till date and positions held by you. Also, it is necessary to mention the duration of your tenure. Write about your duties and responsibilities with each respective hospital in a chronological order, from the latest one to the earlier one. In doing so, you should give preference to the most important work of yours. State it early on under every section.

  • Education - Add your education details under this section, MBBS, MD or any other related medical degree or a technical one. This part also goes in reverse chronological manner, starting from the latest education to the initial degree courses. There, also is a sub-section, 'Other Qualifications', where you can write about any additional diploma or certification courses done by you in the medical field.

  • Achievements - List down what according to you are the important achievements of your career till now. This is one important section that can win over the recruiter's favor for you.

  • Affiliations - This is a fairly optional section that, if doesn't apply in your case, you can skip. It is used to mention about any organization or club that you might be associated with in terms of your profession.

Apart from these, there are four different formats available for resume writing- chronological resume, functional resume, combination resume and targeted resume.

Chronological Resume: It stresses more on your work experience. While using this resume format, the applicant starts with the work experience section just after writing the objective statement. This is used when the employee is still working somewhere and has applied for a new job with another company and is sure that his work experience is good enough to impress the recruiter. Also, this format makes it easier for the recruiter to go through the list of jobs and kind of profiles you have worked on.

Functional Resume: When an individual applies for a job after a considerable amount of gap after his previous job, he should ideally prefer this format. This format stresses on an individual's skill-set rather than whether or not he has a long list of previous jobs. It is also used by people who are changing their career.

Combination Resume: This kind of resume mentions your skill-summary and experience first. These are followed by one's education background. This helps in justifying your application for the job by mentioning your relevant skills and previous experience. The work experience is, again, to be mentioned in a reverse chronological order.

Targeted Resume: It is used to highlight your skill-set and experience, specific to the job post in question.


Whenever you get down to drafting your resume, always think and analyze what exactly are you adding to it and what does the recruiter want to read. If you are applying to a hospital, it is advised that you go through its website and research about their mission and vision. Also, read about the department where you have applied. Get to know about their functioning, as much as you can, from the internet. This will give you a fair idea as to what to write.

Sample Medical Resumes

Some other types of medical resumes are given below:

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