Physician Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 16,125 Physician resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Physician Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Patient Care, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Physician Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Physician CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand physician skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a physician : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Physician
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 16,125 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a physician job required by employers is 2.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average physician job listing asks for 2.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average physician candidate have?
The average physician resume contains 5.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your physician skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from physician resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Physician
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Medicine
  • Schedule appointments for surgery and cath lab procedures Ensure efficient patient flow to providers.
  • Facilitated expedient and efficient turnovers.
  • Updated current CPT and ICD Coding.
  • Obtained patient history and updated EMR record.
  • Perform General Ultrasound Studies, including for: abdomen, OB/GYN, small parts, and vascular system.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Physician
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Law
  • Participated in several of Kaiser Permanent upgrades/go-lives as a super user.
  • Supported implementation of Epic EMR system
  • Staff Obstetrician/Gynecologist - September 2014 to present
  • Attained clinical experience in admitting and managing patients in an inpatient (including ICU) and outpatient setting.
  • Administered both inpatient and outpatient obgyn care at a multispeciality medical center; heavily preventive care focused medical group.

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Physician
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Medicine
  • Advise patients about chiropractic procedures and recommended appropriate courses of treatment.
  • Blood draws, EKG, catheterization, blood glucose, admissions and discharges.
  • Assisted in their surgery and took care of the post op needs.
  • Practiced the full scope of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ordered appropriate diagnostic tests such as EKG, venous duplex Doppler, routine labs.
Epic Consultant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Physician
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree - Medicine
  • Lead Beacon Trainer, developing Training material and go-live support tip sheets.
  • Operated in the command center during CPOM, Cancer Center (Beacon) and Radiant go-lives.
  • Researched user's accessibility issues and uncovered more wide spread problem resulting from mandatory global changes to the Enterprise.
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge in best practices in regards to workflow, policy procedure, system, and culture application.
  • Assisted nurses with care plans and patient education, and how to do External and Internal referrals in Epic.
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Physician roles are some of the most demanding when it comes to educational requirements. The average physician spends at least eight years in higher education in order to meet the requirements for the role. Not surprisingly, the most common degree listed on physician resumes is a doctorate.
Based on our analysis of physician resumes, the most common major for physician candidates is Medicine, but other majors made their way in as well. Nursing, Business and Health Care Administration were relatively common.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Physician Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Physicians. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Physicians to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%