The Office of Career Advising at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health offers assistance to students in the MD Program with preparing curriculum vitae and personal statements.

The curriculum vitae (CV) is a succinct summary of the major academic and personal experiences and achievements in a person's life. The overall goal is to provide useful information to readers without wasting their time or making them work too hard to understand it.

Students should put themselves in the position of the reader when deciding what to include and what to omit on their curriculum vitae. CVs are provided to recommendation letter writers and the medical school Office of Student Services to assist with the preparation of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation. In addition, CVs may be useful to take to residency program interviews.

The personal statement is one of the most difficult items to prepare for the residency application. Again, there is no single formula for writing a successful personal statement, only do's and don'ts. The goal is to try to convey some insight into who you are, what you value, your philosophy, your interests and your rationale for the chosen area. The reader will be looking for this information as well as judging your writing skills.

For information on preparing a curriculum vitae and personal statement, and effective residency program interviewing, review the information in the Career Advising folder in OASIS Notices, and contact the Office of Career Advising.