Below is a sample resume that students may use when requesting to shadow a physician. The following is merely an outline and students should seek to taper the content to fit their individual needs and highlight their individual experiences. If you would like a downloadable copy of the sample physician shadowing resume, use the links towards the bottom of the page.
Remember that the overall perception of your resume should be described with one word: PROFESSIONAL. If, when reviewing your resume, you find yourself using descriptive words such as “cool”, “unique”, or “eye-catching”, you’ve probably taken the wrong approach. Although it may seem boring, shadowing resumes should be simple, informative, and most of all, concise.
- Use premium quality paper for your resume.
- Store and deliver your resume in an unsealed matching envelope.
- Keep your resume free from spelling and grammatical errors.
- Use your university email address. If you must use some other email, ensure that it is professional.
- Take your time to ensure that your resume highlights you as a student and medical professional.
- Do not use colored fonts.
- Use only standard business font faces (Times New Roman, etc.).
- Keep your resume to a single page.
- Make sure your resume is relevant to medicine, education, and/or volunteer work.
Shadowing Resume Difficulties
The first thought that comes to the mind of students when asked to write a resume: I don’t have any experience. First, this is usually inaccurate. Many students, especially premedical students, are actively involved in many aspects. If you are a premed and haven’t found a way to be actively involved, you may want to start. Medical school admissions committees expect competitive applicants to do more that just study.
If you have been active on campus or in the community, try to figure out how to relate your experiences to healthcare. This should be possible, even if your experiences seem to be medically unrelated. Physicians and medical students are expected to be pillars of the community, possessing attributes that are characteristic of other professions and activities. Some of these qualities include selfless service, leadership, duty, and determination.
Surely there is something that you’ve experienced that could be written to highlight one or more of these qualities. For example, list all volunteer activities that you’ve engaged in. List the recognition you’ve received for stellar performance at work or in school.
If you lack any of these, you may need to consider some additions. You may want to get certified to teach CPR or you may want to consider getting some experience volunteering at a hospital or community clinic.
Resume Cover Letter
Including a cover letter with your shadowing resume can help with a more professional impression. A cover letter is merely a summary of your resume highlights, written in the form of a letter.
[Read more about writing a shadowing cover letter.]
A Shadowing Resume Example
1234 Broadway Avenue | Somecity, ST 12345-0000
OBJECTIVE To obtain an opportunity shadowing a physician in a clinical setting in order to gain practical experience in determining a future career as a physician.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS Qualifications include 90 hours towards a B.S. in Biology, over 500 hours experience in a healthcare setting, and a strong desire to learn; proven ability to work on multiple projects at once; strong interpersonal skills; fluent in Spanish, English, and French.
Bachelor of Science, Biology(Pre-Medicine), anticipated May 2012
Some State University, Somecity, ST
Current GPA: 3.63 / 4.0
Regional Hospital, Volunteer
January 2011 – Present
- Provided assistance to medical staff by transporting patients from the Emergency Room to various locations.
- Escorted visitors and family members to appropriate hospital areas.
- Maintained cleanliness and organization of incoming patient lobby.
ABC Hospital, Emergency Department Representative
January 2010 – January 2011
- Collected and entered patient demographic, personal and financial information.
- Entered physician orders for prescribed tests, supplies and procedures.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Dean’s List, May 2011, December 2011, May 2012
- Most Outstanding Biology Student, December 2011
- Who’s Who Among American College Students, December 2011
- Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association (current)
- Certified Coding Specialist (current)