How are you going to make yourself stand out from the thousands who are competing with you?

| January 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

The impact of your Medical Cover Letter will make the difference!

Limit this cover letter to four paragraphs, or less. You will certainly have no more than a minute of the time of a busy medical administrator. This is your one, unique – and fleeting – chance to sell your special qualities, before the reader turns away to deal with a patient, a competitor, or hospital duties.

It is well worth taking the time to construct this medical cover letter to make it a really big hitter.

Rise to the challenge! All those years of hard, hard work on learning how to practise medicine. Now you have to sell not only that background of experience, blood, sweat and tears, but those unique qualities that make you much more interesting than all of those other graduates who also want the job!

Below we have given you an example that you can work around to create your own arresting medical cover letter.  It should be in business letter format, but the heading part, which features your own name and address, needs to match also with the way you have set up your resume.

  • If you have centred your name and address, maybe with an artistic font, then duplicate this pattern on your medical cover letter.
  • Put the date at the left-hand margin and then the address of the person to whom you are writing.  Do your research and find out the name and the title of the person who has authority in the medical department you are targeting –
  • Your introductory paragraph needs to be easy to read and straight to the point. (The reader might give your letter a quick scan and stop right there if it fails to grab his attention).
  • In the next paragraph you have to sell yourself in a big way, to make yourself stand out from all the other contenders for this job. Were your examination marks impressive?  Did you receive any awards during your residency? Is there any aspect of this potential role in which you are particularly interested and for which you already have some background of experience? Does your hospital have a particularly good reputation for any special type of procedure or technology, which might make you more interesting to the department Director and give you something of an edge?
  • This is not the place to provide a list of all your achievements.  The resume will do this.  Just engage your prospective employer’s interest by summarising one or two of the major ones that will make you stand out from the other candidates.
  • A sharp finish is called for now.  Without getting caught up in detail, reiterate who you are and say what you want.
  • Sign off with “Sincerely”, leave a few spaces for your signature, and then type your name under that.  Below type “Enclosure”, to indicate that your resume is enclosed.
  • Make sure you re-read this very carefully – two or three times – before sending. If the reader sees a spelling error or error of grammar as he scans it, your precious medical cover letter will be put aside immediately.

The complete example of our Medical Cover Letter

This is what your Medical Cover Letter will look like –

George Denton, MD
84 Vauxhall Avenue
Devonport, Ontario
NW1 987
(020)234 5678

24 April 2012

Dr John Lewis
Director of Oncology
Lewisham General Hospital
York Square
Ontario, W1 5384

Dear Dr Lewis

24 April 2012

Dr John Lewis
Director of Oncology
Lewisham General Hospital
York Square
Ontario, W1 5384

Dear Dr Lewis

After three years as Resident for long-term medical conditions, I am graduating this summer from the Ontario Medical Institute, and am currently looking for an opportunity to practice in a specialist department within a general hospital environment. I have followed your published works in “The Lancet” (March 2010 and May 2012) and am keen to work alongside your very experienced team.

I graduated from medical school at the top of my class, and am currently performing amongst the top 2% in my resident’s program. The Ontario Council honoured me with a Community award last year, in 2011, to acknowledge my service to the Ontario community in setting up and monitoring a training program for apprentice youth to the Red Cross. I have an extremely high patient satisfaction rating. In my appraisals I am recognised as being reliable and hardworking, conscientious and a team worker.

Should you be interested in a high-performing, hard working and well-trained Internist, whose focus will be on maintaining the reputation of your department for high quality, please contact me at your earliest convenience to arrange an interview. I enclose my resume and look forward to hearing from you.


George Denton MD


More ideas for your Medical Cover Letter

  • I am a highly motivated registered nurse, with ten years of experience with critically ill children.  My experience combines proven management expertise with emergency skills and hands-on critical care.
  • I have excellent skills in the design and development of successful training programs for medical students and hospital staff

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Melanie Walters is a writer and editor for several businesses both online and offline. Her experience with writing business letters and marketing materials has helped her understand exactly what works in written communication for businesses. In the 10 years she's been writing, Melanie has amassed a large collection of letter examples that she gladly shares with you here on Letter Example

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