How to write a doctor's cover letter

Written by kristen ciccolini
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When performing your job search, you need a complete resume and cover letter tailored to your prospective employer. As a physician, you have a dense history of academic and medical experience. A cover letter is a brief but informative overview of your information and achievements, and an opportunity to show your passion and personality.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Begin your letter with an introduction, telling who you are, how you learnt of the physician opening, and whether any of the company's employees referred you. Discuss why you are interested in the position. Briefly include your educational qualifications, as well as your skills that match the job description.

  2. 2

    Personalise your cover letter. In the second paragraph, tell why you are choosing this specific practice, clinic or hospital, and why you would like to work in that geographic area. An interest in your patients' local background shows your genuineness and passion for the job.

  3. 3

    Highlight your areas of expertise in the second paragraph as well--for example, experience in paediatrics, a minor degree in psychology, or research in cancer treatments. Relating your specialities shows your individuality and interesting qualities. You may include awards you have received for your work, but if there are several include only the most prestigious, as the rest are on your resume.

  4. 4

    In the final paragraph, discuss how your goals match the mission of the company. The entire cover letter should revolve around how you can benefit this employer. By including this, it shows your enthusiasm for the job and how well you would mesh with this medical practice.

  5. 5

    Close your final paragraph with your contact information and a thank you for the recipients' time and consideration.

Tips and warnings

  • --Make sure to find out the name of the hiring manager. Letters addressed to "Sir or Madam" are not personable; show you've done your homework.
  • If you name an employee as a referral, be sure that employee is in good standing with the company. A referral from a bad employee isn't likely to be hired.

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