Professional Development

Physician CVs can be particularly long due to the lengthy lists of courses, presentations, research, publications and education. However, like all resumes, it should still be as clear and concise as possible.

The beginning of a CV should provide a potential employer with a first impression, so adding irrelevant personal information is considered unnecessary. Name and contact information should be highlighted at the top and a short, concise objective describing the purpose of the CV. This section should be limited as recruiters prefer to probe for more information during the interview.

Next should come the experience section. It is important to list each job in reverse chronological order including all start and end dates as well as locations. It is vital to include relevant experience, skills and procedures learned and performed at each job. Bullet points are often used to help distinguish this section and make essential information standout.

The education section should list all relevant courses and degrees in reverse chronological order including dates and duration of each. Highlight any awards or honors received while in school.

Next include any and all professional memberships, licensure and certification. Make sure to include dates and whether a license or certification is pending, current or expired.

References should follow next. List all names and contact information of at least three professional references whom have already agreed to speak positively on your behalf.

Some physicians like to include personal information including marital status, number of children, hobbies, etc. This can be added in a miscellaneous section before references. It is important to remain professional in this section and to leave out any unnecessary information.

  • Contact information
  • Professional experience
  • Education
  • Licensure & certification
  • Personal information
  • References

Strive for a CV that establishes a favorable image of professionalism and emphasizes areas of strength. The chosen information should communicate a sense of competence as well as enthusiasm!


Continuing medical education conferences are intended to help a physician to stay up-to-date with current research and the latest advances in each specialty. It can also serve as a great place for career-related networking.

Risk Management

As a locum tenens physician, the agency should cover the physician under the agency’s group policy at a limit that meets the minimum requirements for the hospital and state of the assignment. It is important to choose a firm that provides coverage through an insurance carrier with a rating of “A” or better. The locum tenens agency will handle all paperwork related to liability insurance. It is important to request a copy of the certificate for records.

Working locum tenens jobs means the physician will essentially be a new “employee” over and over again at each new assignment. To protect a physician from liability, it is important to request an orientation so the physician can become familiar with EMR systems, equipment and supplies.

If the location and feel of the environment at a facility is unsafe or does not provide quality patient care, it is extremely important to report this to the locum tenens agency immediately. A referral to a risk management specialist within the firm may occur and the agency will notify the insurance carrier and handle the situation.

Ongoing Development

As in every profession, embracing ongoing development will ensure a successful professional life. As a physician it is important to consider:

Clinical advances: Read journal articles to keep up with specialty changes and information technology. This can be done at the office, at home, in a hotel or at the airport. It is a simple, effective way to stay up-to-date in a field that is every changing

Interpersonal skills: Physicians, like all humans, must grow personally and professionally. Locum tenens physicians, in particular, are expected to have exceptional interpersonal skills at new workplaces. Working in different types of environments can be difficult at times. The ability to get along with other staff members, practice good bedside manner and deal with a variety of situations is pertinent

Demand: Regardless of specialty and state of the industry, physicians will always be in demand somewhere. Consider locum tenens assignments in rural areas or overseas if your specialty lags behind in hiring. Also, consider crossing into other areas of the medical field, such as working at an urgent care instead of an inpatient hospital