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Hi Everyone,

I think that I am in deep sh*t because recently a friend of mine went to an OB/GYN conference which was attended by a lot of American Medical students. And upon glancing at their CV's, it was LOADED with a lot of extracurricular activities including Research experience and volunteering experience, etc. And now when I look at my CV I have absolutely nothing =[ So my question to you all is: How can I improve my CV?! Any and all suggestions are welcome. I am currently doing rotations and all of my day in spent in the hospital, so where and how do I find to do all this extracurricular activities?!?! Please advise me!

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Hi Tima

Never compare yourself to others ESPECIALLY AMGs. Your CV may help you earn more interviews, but nobody can gaurantee you a rank in the NRMP.

In the match, especially IMGs, everybody is a different case. Beleive me if you have one US LOR based on a month observership this is more than enough.

Many factors play role, like previous residency/graduation day/ personality/med school grades/contacts...

I know people with 12 + IVs in 2010 match and they didn't match and I had many applicants who match with 1 or 2 interviews.

Relax
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First of all, don't be impressed by a load of craps that some students lay down on their CVs to impress people, and most of them are not even what they are claiming to be, or those researches mentioned are just what they gave in school as their presentations...or something they just published on the internet, which you can do on any subject and field and also list as part of your researches. I was amazed to read a CV where a student even mentioned how many hours he attended church. I am sure that counts as extracurricular activities.

You need to see the big picture and also the small frame of it all. You are already in clinical, spending countless amount of time at the hospital. I am also sure you are a frustrated soul, like many of us, worrying about money and the next day, which many of the AMG are not even thinking about. Mom and dad do the rest for them and plenty of time to go walking the streets in search of E activities.

What you need to do is simple, and it does not have to be a sophisticated paper: You already have decent knowledge on what you are doing, and what you need to do is to take the time to write a decent report, or research project on any disease or medical events/current as well. Publish it on the web, either on google, MSN health forum, this forum or whatever, and list that on your CV with the link and information on what you did, looked for and some simple comment about that research. make sure you provide references and credit to whom it's due, even if someone else had already published about something, yours matters most and take it with pride.

It does not have to be a long run paper of information: Just keep it simple and write as many as you can as part of a blog and invite your friends to read it and make comments and even help you with what could be some mistakes in either grammar, logical reasoning, or facts they may know about that particular case. You can use your case presentation to make something, and just don't give out patient information, such as names or hospitals where the events took place. be smart and flexible. If you can be on the internet typing this question, you can also use a bit of time to write something everyday until it's ready to be published. It can be just a line a day after you read, Web Md or some journal like JAMA. Just give your own account and avoid writing word for word of what you read B/c some programs will hire people to even send them to read your researches. Be yourself!

One more thing to boost your CV, Church, people on the streets: Homeless, poor, folks without any medical knowledge whatsoever. programs love those stories and what you can do to help folks out. They love to hear about your humanitarian experience; even if you went outside of US for pleasure, someone you may have given some advise on good health care and prevention can be a boost to your CV. Just don't boast about yourself. Write is as if you were there to help and was not expecting any glory or reward for doing that. You can even talk about church or their food pantries: go find one and help them for a few hours: they will be glad to let you add them on your CV. You will be surprised to know how many of those program directors are involved with churches and helping people out. When they see that or read it, you are one step closer of getting in than the guy who listed about his very expensive trip to Paris to research why the French people fart louder than the Americans. Smile! Joking!

Be prepared to explain, not in great detail, because those folks don't have that much time to listen to long stories, about what you want to accomplish by becoming a physician. Be precise and honest. If you are lying, they will spot it from miles away. That can make you look really bad also. Those program directors heard it all, and many of them are from medium to poor backgrounds. They know the tricks and the deceptions when they see them. You would have a better chance by saying that you wanted to live good and have a decent life for your family and others...but your love for the filed has grown by getting so close to those who are sick and helpless. be smart and be humble!

Your CV must represent you and not someone else perception or values. You must separate yourself and be unique. That's how make an impact. While some fools will boast about their credentials, give credit to your parents and what you witness growing up that lead you to that field. You can't outsmart life because it will comeback to hunt down. Many docs got kicked out of residency for those lies they had down on their robust CVs. if you just get it by being you, you will be the greatest doctor among doctors. what you are about to write is your life story, and you should value it as such. Don't try to copy on what they have written down on theirs, but let them know of your past as well as of your future and expectations.

A CV is not just a load of craps about researches; it is more than that, and you'll be surprised to see a guy with one paragraph that takes the spot of one with 10 pages of nothing.

To be continued.................................................
 

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Many freshers thinks in the same way.People commit many mistakes in preparing the resumes and let me tell you some of the common mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Don't forget to attach you resume/cv. In all the emails employers recieve, atleast 20% of the jobseekers forget to attach their cv.

2. Naming structure of the resume.. I see so many CV's which are named as 'resume.doc, cv.doc, cv1.doc, cv_cra.doc'.. Imagine a situation wherein employer downloads your resume into a folder with 200 or 300 other resumes and when it has to be retreived, can one figure out where did your resume go??

No, this decreases your chances my considerable percentage

3. Email written in chat language/sms language: Language like 'check out ma resume, attached ma cv for ur ref' may annoy employers.. your email will directly moved to trash.

4. Email copied to multiple organizations:
I see so many emails where an I am one of the email reciepients along with some hr from X, Y, Z companies. With this you are just saying that I need a job and I dont care whereever I get it..This has to be avoided and one email is better to send to that recipient..

5. Gender Ignorance: What if 'ilikecdm' is the employer and I write to him saying

"Dear Madam, please find my resume" -
This can be acceptable, How will it be if I write

"Dear Sir/madam, Please find my resume"-
How would the email recipient feel?

OOpss.. The list goes on, the point I am trying to make here is to put all your senses in place while writing emails to employers.

And, I am very sure senior members will have some important points to add on(out of their experience
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If you feel you do not have enough extracurricular activities in your CV, simply write a well worded summary of all your academic and work achievements so far and place it right at the beginning of the CV. I find the achievements so far summary always goes well with anyone reviewing the CV as it creates a great first impression.
 

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If you feel you do not have enough extracurricular activities in your CV, simply write a well worded summary of all your academic and work achievements so far and place it right at the beginning of the CV. I find the achievements so far summary always goes well with anyone reviewing the CV as it creates a great first impression.
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