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1 Resume Writing for Medical School Applicants Katie Cruit, MS Assistant Director, Pre-Health Advisor Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising Amanda Baker, MS, NCC Assistant Director The Career Center rd Floor Garland Hall

2 Pre-Professional Advising Resources Who We Serve Pre-Health Listserv Pre-Health Newsletter Programs/Workshops Website: Advising Health Professions School Recruitment Fair Med School/Health Professions School Application Process

3 Career Center Resources Resource Library Career Counseling Drop-in Hours Peer Assistants Career Fairs OCR J-Connect Social Media Assessment Decision-Making Resume & Cover Letter Reviews Job Search Mock Interviews Grad School Process

4 Resume Writing rd Floor Garland Hall

5 How Do I Begin? Know Yourself Education Accomplishments Skills, Interests, Values Volunteer Experiences Extracurricular Activities & Leadership Jobs & Internships Know the Reader Type of Program Community Mission & Values Culture Industry Position

6 What do Medical Schools Want? Personal Competencies Integrity & Ethics Reliability & Dependability Service Orientation Social & interpersonal skills Teamwork Capacity for Improvement Resilience & Adaptability Cultural Competence Oral Communication Academics Leadership Medically-related Experience Community Service Goals

7 Resume Sections Contact Information Education Honors & Awards Experience (Research, Clinical, Internship, Shadowing, or other medically-related) Volunteer or Community Service Leadership, Extracurricular Activities Skills

8 Personal Information Full Name (no nicknames) Address (current and/or permanent) Telephone home or cell address only one Website

9 AMANDA C. BAKER 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD Main Street, Seattle, WA

10 Profile (optional) Emphasize skills, strengths, and expertise List transferable, technical, computer, language, and interpersonal skills Use this category to summarize your most relevant skills and experience The rest of your resume must show evidence to support your profile Do not repeat information

11 Education & Training List current or most recent first Bold Type: degree, major, minor, or concentration Graduation Date College (name, city, and state or country) Academic Achievements or Honors GPA Study Abroad

12 EDUCATION Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD May 2013 Bachelor of Science Neuroscience (pre-med) Minor: Anthropology GPA: 3.45; Major GPA: 3.68 John Carroll High School, Seattle, WA June 2009 High School Diploma GPA: 4.5; graduated top 5% of class

13 Awards, Fellowships, Honors, & Grants List all relevant academic awards and achievements in this category Include department, institution, agency, title, and date Include dollar amount and your role for grant awards Explain the honor or award if not apparent from title

14 Experience Research Clinical or Shadowing Coursework or Projects Internship (paid or not) Community Service or Volunteering Work (full or part-time) Extracurricular Activities & Leadership Job Title Company, Department, or Organization Name Location: city and state or country Range of Dates Match your resume to the medical school application

15 Describing Experiences Demonstrate and quantify results Highlight results and accomplishments Accomplishments = Action + Results Establish skill sets Spell out acronyms unless obvious to your reader Answer the So what? question

16 Medical Shadowing Experience Kennedy Krieger Muscle Disorders Clinic Baltimore, MD January 2012 Dr. Kathryn Wager, M.D., Ph.D. Neurologist Accompanied the doctor on rounds Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center Sleep Clinic Baltimore, MD January 2012 Dr. Mark Nan Wu, M.D., Ph.D. Neurologist Observed rounds and diagnosis discussions Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Cardiac Surgery Baltimore, MD June 2011-August 2011 Observed a variety of cardiac and thoracic surgeries Attended lectures and grand rounds Shadowed doctors in the cardiac surgery intensive care unit

17 Research Experience In addition to basic information, include the name of the Lab, and PI or Professor Add overview of project, purpose, key findings or techniques Explain your role and unique contributions How do you define research?

18 RESEARCH EXPERIENCE Research Program Support Assistant Summer 2012 University of Minnesota Brain Science Center Minneapolis, MN Programmed and conducted experiment concerning neural control of decision timing. Analyzed data using Matlab statistical software Produced 20-page report of findings Attended weekly lab meetings Research Assistant September 2011 May 2012 JHMI Department of Neurology Baltimore, MD Assisted in study of HIV-1 expressed protein, Nef, thought to help establish persistent infection leading to HIV-dementia Techniques utilized include: mini- and maxiprep, PCR, restriction digest, agarose gel electrophoresis, and spin column purification of recombinant adenovirus

19 Leadership & Volunteering Include volunteering and activities, especially as related to your field For each experience list: title, organization name, city, state or country, and dates If relevant, list details of your knowledge, skills, and accomplishments

20 LEADERSHIP & ACTIVITIES Student Organizer September 2009 present Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project Baltimore, MD Mentor 6 college tutors, who work with elementary students Create individually tailored curricula in math and reading Supervise pairs during each biweekly session to ensure a conducive, comfortable learning environment. Collaborate with 10 organizers to guaranteeing safety and productivity Service Chair September 2010 May 2011 Alpha Phi Alpha, JHU Chapter Baltimore, MD Planned three annual fundraisers for local and national charities Organized fundraisers for donations to the Children s Miracle Network, increasing revenue by 25% Arranged activities and events for up to 300 volunteers

21 Publications & Presentations Use the citation style of your field (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) List in reverse chronological order Include conference presentations, invited talks, poster sessions, and items accepted for publication If you have numerous citations, you may organize them by type (e.g. journal articles, book chapters, poster sessions, or abstracts)

22 PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS Anderson, B.A., Laurent, P.A., & Yantis, S. (in press). Generalization of value-based attentional priority. Visual Cognition. Greenberg, A.S., Verstynen, T., Chiu, Y.-C., Yantis, S., Schneider, W., & Behrmann, M. (2012). Visuotopic cortical connectivity underlying attention revealed with white matter tractography. Journal of Neuroscience, 32, Anderson, B.A. & Yantis, S. (2012, July). A value-driven mechanism of attentional selection. Paper presented at the Third Symposium on Visual Search and Selective Attention, Munich, Germany. Anderson, B. A., Laurent, P. A., & Yantis, S. (2011, November). On the robustness of value-driven attentional capture. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA. Yantis, S. (Ed.). (2000). Visual Perception: Essential Readings. Philadelphia: Psychology Press.

23 Skills Computer software or hardware Language fluency or native tongue Laboratory equipment, processes, procedures, techniques, and etc.

24 Other Useful Content Patents list the 9 digit patent number, title, country, and pertinent details Certification or Licensure list each credential and the dates they are valid Department Involvement or Conferences Professional Organization Memberships

25 What NOT to Include A picture of yourself or other graphics Personal information (height, weight, age, marital status, health concerns) References Available Upon Request Unrelated experiences or hobbies that do not demonstrate a productive skill

26 Visual Considerations Format Organization White Space Font Size and Margins Bullet points, bold, italics, lines Resume Paper Pages Headings Reverse chronological order Top Down Don t use templates!

27 General Guidelines Check spelling, grammar and punctuation Honest and verifiable information Concise and relevant Be consistent with punctuation, verb tenses and abbreviations Get a second and third opinion!

28 If you are struggling, make an appointment with the JHU Career Center or Office of Pre- Professional Programs and Advising. Any Questions?

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