How To Write a Killer Application Resume for a Medical School

Updated on 30/06/2024 in
How To Write a Killer Application Resume for a Medical School

Universities love resumes. Application medical resumes give them a clear understanding of you as a student applicant. This is why it’s so crucial for you to make a sound, correct CV.

The purpose of having an application resume is to present yourself. This means providing short, relevant information about you, your accomplishments, your education, and more.

In this article, you will find a lot of helpful information about making a perfect medical university application resume. With this, you’re bound to get attention from your desired medical university.

How does a medical application resume work?

A resume usually is a concise document that will give your medical university a clear understanding of who you are. Therefore, it should include only the relevant information about you and why you want to study medicine at that particular university.

For example, you should include a short personal description of your education, certificates, skills, awards, interests, maybe even volunteer work, and more.

The more relevant and concise your information is, the better. This way, you will show your attention to detail and seriousness.

Making a CV might even take you an entire week. But don’t worry about it because we want you to have a great resume with which you will be accepted to your desired medical university. Later on in life, if you modify the same resume, it will be much easier to get a job.

This is why you should read the sections below to understand what a proper medical application resume should contain.

Skills & Interests section

Tip: Merge the Skills and Interests sections into one section to save some space

Talking about your interests will reveal a lot about you and why you want to study medicine abroad.

When it comes to your skills, you can mention that you are a very orderly and level-headed person and that you are a great problem solver.

Research keywords

Admission committees usually receive thousands of application resumes, and they can’t check them all by themselves. They often use software tools to see relevant keywords in various documents. It’s a good idea to check out your medical university’s programmes and use keywords from there. Especially if you want to study abroad, doing this would increase your chance of being accepted.

For example, if you want to study dentistry, don’t forget to write a sentence about it in a personal profile section.

Personal Profile

Describe yourself in a couple of concise sentences.

Write about your qualities and why you want to study your desired course at that medical university. Every medical school admissions officer needs to know that you are motivated.

For example, mention that you are a quick learner, have excellent attention to detail and are a great team player.


Certificates show that you are committed to studying medicine.

For example, you might have participated and studied in a course dedicated to human anatomy during the summer break. You could attach a certificate from an event like that to your med school application resume!

Many universities also consider having a language certificate a big advantage.


This section is pretty self-explanatory. And as I’ve said before, having a language certificate helps with getting accepted into a university.

That being said, usually, having a language certificate isn’t necessary. Many European universities have language tests, and you can easily ace them.

Skills & Interests section

Tip: Merge the Skills and Interests sections into one section to save some space

Talking about your interests will reveal a lot about you and why you want to study medicine abroad.

When it comes to your skills, you can mention that you are a very orderly and level-headed person and that you are a great problem solver.

Volunteer work

Because you are still a student, getting a job in the medical field would be incredibly hard. However, you could always volunteer for a non-profit organisation to gain experience. So, add a volunteer work section to your application CV!

This section on your application resume will show your university just how dedicated you are.

Describe where you worked, what your responsibilities were, and how many hours you worked. You might also write about your achievements. For example: “I’ve been helping 9 patients with dementia for 2 months at [hospital]. My experiences were: […], and I learned a lot about […].”

With this section alone, you will be ahead of many other students!

It also shows your ability to work with others and that you’ve got what it takes to become a doctor. Doctors and other medical practitioners often tend to patients in bad conditions, so you must be empathetic and calm.


In this section, describe where and what you’ve been learning. Highlight the coursework you’ve completed. You can also add various test scores, honours, awards, achievements, grants, scholarships, or something else to show your academic success.

Pro tip: You can include your ranking in your class. For example, you could say: “I graduated in the top 10% of my class.”

Contact me section

Depending on the style of your CV, your contact information might be located in a header underneath your name or its own section.

Here, you should leave your phone number, e-mail address, and possibly a link to an account on a social media site like LinkedIn. It is also very unusual for a medical student to have a website or a blog; if you do, attach it. Believe me, the admission committee will be very interested.

Tip: You won’t always be contacted straight away. So leave your contact information at the bottom of the resume so that it could be seen more easily.

Resume formatting tips

Begin with your most recent activities.

Keep your CV clean and simple. Use bullet points and be consistent with the style of the resume.

For normal texts, fonts should be 11-12 pixels.

Try making your CV one page long and no more. Use short and precise information to capture the attention of the admission committee.

Templates and tools to make your own resume

Many of us aren’t professional designers, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t have resumes that look awesome!

Here’s a small list of websites where you can create astonishing CVs using visual editors in just 15 minutes!

Be proactive

Trust me, you don’t want to send your medical university application CV at the last moment possible. Your resume will get mixed with resumes from thousands of other students. So, to increase your chances of being accepted into a medical university, be proactive. Prepare your documents in advance.

You can contact us, and we will help you make the best decisions for your future regarding your education and career path. We will help you prepare all the necessary documents, get accepted, and continue guiding you throughout your years in university.

Article written by Dr Sam El Mais
Dr Sam El Mais, MD, MSc, BSc, graduated from a renowned medical school in Romania in 2019. He uses his professional knowledge and personal experience to guide students on crucial aspects such as university selection, admissions processes, and cultural adjustments.
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2 comments on “How To Write a Killer Application Resume for a Medical School”

  1. Good evening, I am currently starting to write my application letters for Medical Univeristies next year, when i will be ending my highschool years in Spain. I would apreciate if you could guide me into making my curriculums to apply on Universities here in Europe, due to the fact that my biggest desire is to achieve my medical degree in english.

    1. Dear Juana, we help all our applicants in preparing their documents, including their CV! You can get the help you need by having a free call with one of our expert advisors. You can submit an application for free here It only takes 10 seconds, and one of our advisors will contact you as soon as possible.

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