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Completing a CV for General Practitioner Roles in Ireland

A Curriculum Vitae (CV) is Latin for "course of life." In contrast, resume is French for "summary." In truth a good resume for General Practitioners roles in Ireland should not be a summary and we would prefer to refer to them as a CV!

The rumour of a one page CV is a bad introduction to a prospective employer. An ideal CV for a GP role should be minimum 3 pages (ideally more) of relevant information to the role you are applying for and previous work experience.

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At the top of a document, physicians typically include their full name and contact information. They might also add a degree acronym after their last name to show their academic credentials, such as their medical doctorate (MD) or another graduate degree. Including this information can indicate the content of a general physician's CV. It's also important to include your contact information so a hiring team knows how to reach you; including your location, phone number and email.

Professional Medical Experience

The following section provides details about every medical-related job position you've worked or currently hold. You can establish how long you spent there, then list each role's official title, organisation name and location. Afterward, you might add a concise description of your previous or current job responsibilities at each clinical setting and a neutral summary of skills you gained there. Consider including administrative duties related to the profession or medical positions you worked prior to becoming licensed.
Some examples of job responsibilities may include:

  • Patient identification techniques
  • Diagnosis procedures
  • Test results analysis
  • Medical history documentation
  • Treatment plan preparation

Licensure and Certifications

A general physician's CV must provide details about their medical accreditation and any postgraduate accreditations they earned. The latter typically describes your medical license, including its status and your area of study. Certifications typically describe your medical board credentials or any exam scores that enhance your qualifications as a physician. For instance, you might list an accreditation for Basic Life Support (BLS) and its iterations for both pediatric and geriatric patients.


Educational Background

Underneath the header, you can list your entire educational history. It's often important to include all programs you completed, such as your undergraduate degree, medical school and any relevant graduate courses you finished. This section typically includes the name of each institution, the type of program you attended and how many years you spend completing a degree. You can also include your medical school GPA to provide more information about academic accomplishments.

Postgraduate Instruction

If you're a mid-level or senior-level general physician, you can separate your postgraduate training into a separate section. It's often important to include key details about any internships, fellowships or residences you completed. For example, you might describe specific tasks from each training opportunity you learned how to manage or conduct. Like the previous section, you can provide describing details about each institution you attended, including specific hospital departments.

Committee Memberships and Volunteer Activities

As many physicians participate in medical committees and volunteer their services to communities, it may be helpful to list these positions. Hiring teams in hospital settings often value a general physician who advocates for public health practices and engages in policy creation. Consider noting significant positions you held in a committee or organization, then any related accomplishments. Depending on your preference, you can add a brief description of tasks you performed per role.

Teaching experience

If you're a senior-level general physician, you may have ample teaching experience. Depending on your preference, you can either add these activities in a separate portfolio or list each role in a CV. Be sure to provide examples of any medical school positions, clinical instruction and mentorship opportunities. Afterward, be sure to add the time you spent working in each role. It may also be helpful to note how many courses you've taught, plus how many students were present overall to provide concrete data for hiring teams.

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Medical doctorates often publish articles or books about their research studies and topics related to their specialisation. Including a list of these accomplishments can emphasize your academic prowess and analytical capabilities to your readers. If you have many publications, it can be helpful to arrange information about your most supported or recent documents under a section called Selected works, then offer additional examples in another format. Be mindful to include important details, like a full title, your specific role and the year an organization published it.

Some specific examples of publications might include

  • Educational materials
  • Research abstracts
  • Conference articles
  • Monographs
  • Literature reviews

Important to remember

  • Do not include a picture
  • Include strong action words for example created, analysed.
  • Use the font Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri in size 12 as this looks professional and is easy to read.
  • Explain any gaps in your working career

Here at Clarity we offer full support on CV writing, whether that is starting from scratch, updating for a specific role or just some guidance on your template, we are happy to help!

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Posted on 16 December 2022 by Laura Mulchrone
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Laura Mulchrone

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