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Writing Compelling Physician Cover Letters

Writing Compelling Physician Cover Letters

Career resources content posted on NEJM CareerCenter is produced by freelance health care writers as an advertising service of NEJM Group, a division of the Massachusetts Medical Society and should not be construed as coming from, or representing the views of, the New England Journal of Medicine , NEJM Group, or the Massachusetts Medical Society

Making a positive first impression is a crucial first step in landing a desired job. One challenge of cover letter writing is to follow a prescribed format yet simultaneously set yourself apart from your peers. This can be accomplished by clearly and concisely articulating your core professional goals and your commitment to the calling of medicine.

— John A. Fromson, MD*

By Bonnie Darves , a Seattle-based freelance health care writer

The cover letter is usually the first bit of written communication from job seekers that hits the desk of a hiring physician, staff recruiter, or human resources professional. As such, it can make the difference between getting an interview and your dossier landing in the “maybe” pile.

Although writing a cover letter may be an unfamiliar challenge for many residents, it’s not terribly difficult if you follow three basic rules: Keep it short, make it clear, and cover the basics. “Think about the needs of the reader,” says James W. Tysinger, Ph.D., deputy chair for education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School and author of Resumes and Personal Statements for Health Professionals . “Let the reader know right away who you are and why you are writing.”

Brevity, Personalization, and Passion Tysinger recommends starting the letter with a simple introductory statement such as “I am a third-year family-practice resident at [insert program name]. I seek a position as a family practice physician in your practice” (or “in your fellowship program” or “at your institution,” as the case may be).

Ideally, the cover letter should be no more than three paragraphs that fit on a single page. “Simplicity is best,” Tysinger says. “Letters that go on for two or three pages, or that try to impress rather than inform, may cause the reader to lose interest.”

To increase the chance that your application ends up atop the “active” pile, whenever possible personalize the letter and indicate that you have some knowledge of the position and institution, says James St. Clair, a senior search consultant with J&C Nationwide in Atlanta. Always write to the appropriate person, St. Clair advises, and unless you’re answering a blind ad, avoid salutations such as “to whom it may concern,” which may give the impression that you’re uncertain about yourself and the process.

Both Tysinger and St. Clair also urge physicians to briefly mention why they are interested in pursuing a position in a particular region. “You want to create a compelling tie to the area rather than simply stating that you’re looking for a position as a general internist,” St. Clair says. If you or your spouse is a native of the area where the practice is located, for example, you could add the following: “My husband and I grew up in [name the city], and we are eager to move back there.”

Mazie Blanks, a 30-year veteran of the physician-recruiting field who now recruits for the Permanente Medical Group in Northern California, advises ratcheting personalization up into the realm of passion. “The cover letter is an opportunity to differentiate yourself from others,” Blanks says. “Show some passion, because people want to hire physicians who love what they do.” Because personalization and passion are so important, Blanks also discourages physicians from using cookie-cutter cover letters, such as those included in “one-size-fits-most” software packages.

Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts Pay attention to basic details. Spell all names, titles, and addresses correctly and ensure the letter doesn’t contain any grammatical errors. Make sure your contact information is listed accurately.

Write directly and avoid generalities. Rather than “I would like to express my interest in the position that is currently available at your practice,” write the following: “I seek a position as a gastroenterologist at your clinic.” Specifically mention the appeal of the practice opportunity.

Highlight special expertise. Subspecialists and some specialists familiar with new procedures should briefly explain their expertise and/or the number of procedures they’ve performed.

Briefly address any time gaps in training or practice that are evident in your CV to prevent potentially negative reader assumptions.

Request confidentiality, if necessary, and make sure contact information (which may include e-mail addresses) directs respondents to channels that are suitable for confidential communications.

Obtain professional writing or editing help. If writing isn’t your strong suit, ask a program director or a professional writer to help you craft the letter. Remember, poorly written letters often give a negative first impression.

Use high-quality, easy-to-copy paper. White or off-white, 24-pound paper is best because the cover letter and CV are frequently photocopied and routed to several individuals. Avoid colored paper or paper with a high rag content, both of which may reproduce poorly.

Resources Writing tips and sample letters . Writing Help-Central, at , provides tips for writing clear, concise cover letters and other documents. The American Medical Association ( ) and the American Academy of Family Physicians ( ) also provide helpful resources for physicians entering the job market.

Books and guides. The following books specifically address the physician job search:

Resumes and Personal Statements for Health Professionals , 2nd ed., James W. Tysinger, Ph.D., Galen Press, Ltd., 2001.

Physicians’ Resume and Cover Letter Workbook : Tips and Techniques for a Dynamic Career Presentation , Sharon Yenney, American Medical Association, 1998.

Strategic Career Management for the 21st Century Physician , Gigi Hirsch, M.D., and Mike Scott, American Medical Association, 1999.

*Dr. Fromson serves as the editor for Career Resources and is Vice Chair for Community Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Chief of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

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Physician Cover Letters: Why Writing a Good One Is As Important As Ever

Physician Cover Letters: Why Writing a Good One Is As Important As Ever

Author: Justin Nabity

Last updated: October 27, 2023

Everything That Physicians Need to Know About Cover Letters 

Table of contents.

  • 1. How Long Should a Physician Cover Letter Be?
  • 2. What Your Physician Cover Letter Should Include
  • 3. What Your Cover Letter Should NOT Include
  • 4. Physician Cover Letter Examples

Every professional knows that a cover letter goes hand-in-hand with a CV .

But, while cover letters tend to be standard across most industries, physician cover letters are a bit different.

If you’ve spent time perfecting your CV so you can apply for a new position, now it’s time to get to work on that cover letter.

From the content to the formatting, here’s everything that physicians need to know about cover letters.


How Long Should a Physician Cover Letter Be?

In general, a cover letter should be between three and five short paragraphs. Three paragraphs is the standard. However, you can add a fourth or fifth paragraph if there are specific things you want to include that relate to the position.

Ideally, your cover letter should be less than one page . Unlike a CV, it is not okay to stretch your cover letter to two pages.

Remember, the purpose of a cover letter is to shed a bit more insight into who you are and why you’re the ideal candidate for the position. It is not to describe yourself in detail, recap, or talk about anything that is already written in your CV.

What Should a Physician Cover Letter Include?

Physician cover letter length

There are seven key things to keep in mind when formatting and writing your cover letter. Here are the main points to consider when crafting yours:

1. Include Your Personal Information

Your cover letter should contain all of your personal data, including:

  • The abbreviation of your medical degree
  • Current title
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Make sure this information matches the information listed at the top of your resume exactly .

2. Address Your Letter to the Proper Person

Writing “To Whom It May Concern” just won’t cut it. Every cover letter should be addressed directly to the person who will be reading it.

Take the time to research the name of the hiring manager who will be looking at candidates (this is usually the department chair).

If you can’t find the person’s name through online research, take a moment to call the employer and ask who it is. A little thing like this goes a long way in showing that you pay attention to detail.

3. Create a Strong Opening Paragraph

The purpose of a cover letter is to grab the attention of the employer and make yourself stand out from all of the other physicians applying for the same position. Your first paragraph will set the tone for the entire letter. Therefore, it needs to make the reader want to continue reading.

In the opening paragraph, be sure to mention the specific position you’re applying for . If there is a job code or reference number associated with the job listing, include it. If not, simply state the job title as posted in the job description.

You should also mention if the job you’re applying for is full-time, part-time, or a temporary locum tenens position.

In summary, the opening paragraph should clearly state your goals and show that you have a genuine interest in the position .

4. Discuss the Geographic Location of the Position

The one thing that makes physician cover letters so different from other industries is that it’s important to connect to the geographical location.

Employers want to hire physicians that want to work in their specific town, city, or state. And that’s because they want physicians to stay for the duration of the contract term and beyond.

If you’re applying for a position in the Midwest, the employer wants to know that Midwestern life is what you’re looking for. They want physicians who are excited about their location and the community they serve.

It’s also important to do your research and learn a bit about the patients the employer serves .

Let the employer know that you love the hardworking people of Tennessee, the family-oriented communities in Kentucky, or the grit and wit of New Yorkers. The more the employer thinks you are excited to work for them (and serve their community), the better your chances are of getting an interview.

5. Mention Personal Connections if You Have Them

If you have a personal connection to the town where the position is located, mention it. Maybe it’s the town you grew up in. Maybe you went to school in a nearby city. Or maybe it’s a city you visited once and fell in love with. Whatever the reason may be, it’s important to show that you have a connection to the geographic area.

6. Briefly Mention Some of Your Skills

You do not need to recap all of your practical skills — those should already be included in your CV. But you should use your cover letter as a way to draw attention to specific aspects of the position, especially ones that you are exceptionally qualified to do.

Give a brief example of some of the ways you excelled in your current role or in a previous position. Be specific and include details of things you’ve done in the past that will be relevant to the new job you’re applying for.

You may be able to glean this information from the job posting, or you may need to do a bit more research. The more you know about the position, the more you can tailor your cover letter to include specific examples of some of your achievements. Ultimately, your cover letter should demonstrate that you will be effective if hired for this role.

7. Include a Thank You

Every cover letter should conclude with a thank you and a slight push toward next steps. Thank them for taking the time to read your cover letter and review your CV then include a polite request for an interview . Make it clear that you want the opportunity to discuss your experience and qualifications in greater detail.

Related: How to Work With a Physician Recruiter

What Your Cover Letter Should NOT Include

How to write a cover letter physicians and doctors

Your cover letter should not be a recap of everything in your CV. Let your CV speak for itself and use your cover letter as a way to show some insight into who you are, without rehashing too many details about your education and experience.

Make sure your cover letter does not include any negative language or pessimistic outlooks on the job at hand or the industry in general. This is not the time to write a manifesto on all that you wish you could change about the healthcare industry.

If your cover letter or CV includes typos or grammatical errors, you probably won’t even be offered an interview. Make sure that your cover letter is error-free. Proofread it several times before submitting it or have a colleague or a professional writer look it over for you before sending it off.

Do not mention anything that might limit your opportunities. While you should be clear if you are interested in a full-time or a part-time position, now is not the time to say that you only want to work two days a week or that you do not want to have to be on-call .

Save those specifics for the interview or for the contract negotiation process (if your demands are reasonable). The point of your cover letter is to get an interview, not to eliminate yourself from the candidate pool before you have a chance to show them who you are and what you can offer.


Important: Create a Unique Cover Letter for Every Position

Every position you apply for deserves its own cover letter. Create a standard template that includes the formatting and your contact information, but tailor every cover letter specifically to the individual job.

Because every job is slightly different.

Though the duties may be the same, where you’ll be working and the sort of patients you’ll be seeing can vary. By creating different cover letters for each job, you can change your language and phrasing in a way that works with that specific employer.

Don’t send the same cover letter with every job application. Employers will see this, and it will reflect negatively on you.

Physician Cover Letter Examples

Ready to write your cover letter?

Here is an example that you can use as a guide to creating your own.

Dear Dr. Smith:


I am writing in response to the Radiology Oncology position posted on the American Society of Radiation Oncology Career Center, Job ID 1817, located in Sandusky, Ohio. I am currently serving as Chief Resident (PGY5) in the radiation oncology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, under the chairmanship of John Smith, MD. Moreover, I am excited about the potential opportunity to join your team at the conclusion of my residency in July. As highlighted in the enclosed application materials, including CV and letters of recommendation, I am recognized not only for my professionalism with colleagues, but most importantly, for my dedication to patients and the restoration of their good health.

Medical Background

As you will see, I chose to attend medical school outside of the United States to foster cultural growth and satisfy my appetite for travel. While abroad, I had the opportunity to participate in multiple clinical and professional development opportunities that differentiate me from other applicants. Given your international clientele and the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Rockford community, my international and multicultural experience will enhance the contributions I would bring to your practice.

Current Experience

Now in my final year of training, I have met the ACGME clinical requirements as we have very strong clinical experience with exposure to all types of cancers. We have most notably achieved great success with HDR brachytherapy for gynecologic cancers, and I have over 175 cases to date. As chief resident, I am an active member of ASTRO, TRS, and RSNA with both oral and poster presentations at several national meetings.

As you consider candidates for your radiation oncology position, I encourage you to consider my multicultural experiences overseas. Along with the exceptional training of the Baylor program. I would truly appreciate the opportunity to meet you in person to learn more about your position. Please contact me to discuss my qualifications and your position in greater detail.

Sincerely, First and Last Name, MD [Chief Resident] Optional, if applicable PGY[X]Name of Residency Program Department of [Specialty] Cell: (555) 555-5555 email: [email protected]

Here’s the Bottom Line:

A cover letter is just as important as your CV. It’s a way to separate yourself from other candidates applying for the position, showcase specific skills that are relevant to the job, and demonstrate that you have some connection or interest in the geographic location.

Looking for more information on physician job searches ? The Physicians Thrive blog features a variety of informational articles. Including how to work with a physician recruiter, the best places to live and work, and how to advance your career goals.

Finally, be sure to protect your interests before negotiations start. The best time to start is now, but be absolutely sure to read our contract review resources or contact Physicians Thrive for contract review guidance before you sign an employment agreement.

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Medical Doctor Cover Letter Samples & Examples That Worked in 2023

Julia Gergelova — Resume Writer

Writing a medical doctor cover letter may seem daunting, but with the right tools and tips, you can craft a compelling narrative that catches the attention of prospective employers. This guide will provide insights and examples to help you master the art of cover letter writing.

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Remember, the goal is not merely to summarize your CV. Your cover letter should complement your resume , engaging HR in a way that makes them want to delve deeper into your qualifications.

Read on and learn all about:

  • Formatting your medical doctor cover letter
  • Writing an effective cover letter header
  • Crafting an eye-catching headline for your medical cover letter
  • Customizing your cover letter greeting
  • Writing a compelling cover letter introduction
  • Highlighting your skills and accomplishments in the body of your cover letter
  • Ending your cover letter persuasively
  • Avoiding common mistakes in a medical doctor cover letter
  • Average salary and job outlook for medical doctors
  • Medical doctor's resources

1. How to properly format your medical doctor cover letter

Correct formatting ensures that your cover letter is easy to read and professional . Use these guidelines to create a well-structured cover letter:

  • Font: Choose a standard, readable font such as Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman. The size should be between 10 and 12 to maintain readability.
  • Margins and spacing: Aim for one-inch margins on all sides of your document. Spacing between lines should be 1.15 or 1.5 for an uncluttered look.
  • Alignment: The text should be left-aligned for maximum readability.
  • Sections: Divide your cover letter into four essential sections which include: your contact information and salutation, introduction, body, conclusion, and signature.
  • Brevity: Keep your cover letter concise. One page is sufficient. 
  • File format: Save your cover letter as a PDF to preserve formatting across different platforms. Name your files professionally, such as "John_Doe_CoverLetter.pdf"
  • Proofread: Check for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors.
  • Consistency: Ensure your cover letter mirrors the formatting of your resume. This consistency applies to font style, size, heading styles and even the paper you're printing on if you're delivering a hard copy. It shows attention to detail and creates a cohesive application packet, making it more visually engaging and professional for the hiring manager. 

By keeping these formatting tips in mind, you'll ensure that your medical doctor cover letter is crisp, easy to navigate, and leaves a positive, professional impression on potential employers.

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2. how to create a medical doctor cover letter header.

The header is the initial part of your cover letter where you include your personal contact details and those of the employer. Correctly formatting the header is crucial since it sets the tone for the rest of your document .

Your header should include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your professional title
  • Your address (street, city, state, zip code)
  • Your contact details (phone number, professional email address, optionally LinkedIn profile)
  • The recipient's name, title, organization name, and organization address

Incorrect medical doctor cover letter header

Dr. Sam, New York, [email protected], July 2021, Dr. Johnson, Hospital

Why is this example wrong? This header is incorrect because the information is incomplete and poorly presented. It doesn't clearly distinguish between the applicant's details and the recipient's. Plus, using an informal email can seem unprofessional. 

Correct medical doctor cover letter header

Dr. Samantha Green 123 Peach Street, New York, NY, 10001 +1 212-111-2222 [email protected] July 15, 2021

To: Dr. Henry Johnson Human Resources Director St. Patrick Hospital 7979 Blueberry Ave, New York, NY, 10002

Why is this example correct? This header is clear and complete. Each piece of information has its place and purpose, and it's also written in an easily readable format. The use of an email address further enhances the document's professionalism.

Always take the time to lay out your header correctly. It not only helps portray you as an organized professional, but it also ensures that potential employers have your information at a glance.

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3. How to write a compelling medical doctor cover letter headline

Once you’ve got your header in place, the next crucial section is the headline. The headline is a single line statement that introduces you and your intention to apply for the specific role . This one-liner should be punchy, persuasive and leave the hiring manager intrigued to read more.

Here are a few tips to crafting a compelling headline:

  • Be specific: In this line, clearly state the position you're applying for. Explicit mention of the job title and perhaps the job reference number ensures that your application lands in the right pile.
  • Showcase your professionalism: Use your professional title or key certification in the headline. This immediately shows that you're qualified.
  • Highlight your value proposition: In a few words, summarize what unique value you bring to the role.

Let’s take a look at the following headline examples:

Incorrect medical doctor cover letter headline 

Looking for a Medical Doctor Job

Why is this example wrong? This headline is too vague and unprofessional. It doesn't state the specific job or offer any value proposition.

Correct medical doctor cover letter headline

Board-Certified Cardiologist with Proven Leadership Skills Seeks the Cardiology Consultant Position [#12345]

Why is this headline correct? Now, this headline adds a soft skill (leadership) to the mix, making it more compelling. Not only does it state the professional title and specific job but it also introduces an additional strength that could be relevant to the job.

The added value proposition gives the hiring manager a hint that you have more to offer beyond just your medical expertise. It invites them to delve deeper into your cover letter to find out more about your qualifications and unique offerings.

Your headline is the first taste of your cover letter content, so make it count. Leave your prospective employer looking forward to reading the rest of your cover letter.

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4. How to customize the greeting on your medical doctor cover letter

Starting your cover letter with a well-tailored greeting is the first step towards making a personal connection with your prospective employer . It shows respect, professionalism, and that you have taken the time to research the organization.

Here's why using a personalized greeting is vital:

  • Respect and professionalism: Addressing the hiring manager by their full name or title represents respect and acknowledges their position and authority within the organization.
  • Demonstrates your efforts: When you have taken the time to learn about the person to whom you are writing, it displays your genuine interest in the position and the lengths you're willing to go for it.
  • Breaks the impersonality: Customized salutations can make your cover letter feel less generic and more personal. 

Now let's explore some examples of greetings, their uses, and impacts:

  • Formal/Reserved: "Dear Dr. [Last Name]," — This is the most professional greeting, especially when you're sure of the hiring manager's name and title. 
  • Neutral/General: "Dear [Team/Department Name] Hiring Manager," — Use this salutation only if you can't find the specific hiring manager's name, but you know the team or department. 
  • Last resort: "Dear Hiring Manager," — You can use this phrase when you have exhausted all options to find a name or specific department.

Here a few examples of personalized greetings on a cover letter

  • Dear Hiring Manager Alex Peterson,
  • Dear Mr. Peterson
  • Dear Dr. Peterson,
  • Dear Alex Peterson,

Always prioritize finding the hiring manager's name, but be careful to use it correctly. If unsure about their title or gender, it's better to stick to neutral phrases like 'Hiring Manager' to avoid any faux pas.

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5. How to write a compelling introduction to your medical doctor cover letter

The opening paragraph of your medical doctor cover letter directly influences the impression potential employers form about you. The introduction should succinctly cover your career and academic background, purpose for seeking the position, and mention any shared connections, if any. 

Experienced medical doctor cover letter introduction example

Dear Dr. Thompson,

As a seasoned Geriatrician with over ten years of experience in providing compassionate care in high-stress hospital environments, I am excited about the opportunity to bring my expertise to the Geriatric Medicine opening at Wellspring Health Center. I have always admired Wellspring's patient-centric approach and innovative medical practices. Notably, Dr. Anderson, Chief of Internal Medicine at your facility and a former colleague, suggested I apply, believing my patient handling skills and dedication would contribute positively to your institution.

Why is this opening strong? This opening statement packs a punch with a demonstration of robust experience, a clear reason for applying, and a mutual connection suggesting a fit for the company culture. 

Fresh medical graduate cover letter introduction example

Having just completed my residency in Pediatrics at City General Hospital, I am eager to apply for the Pediatrician position at Wellspring Health Center. I believe your clinic's focus on combining cutting-edge research with attentive patient care matches my ambitions perfectly for a fulfilling practice. Samuel Martin, a senior faculty member at CGH and alumni of your facility, recommended I consider your institution for its nurturing and comprehensive care environment.

Why is this opening compelling? For a fresh graduate, underlining the successful completion of relevant education, expressing their motivation, and validating their choice through a mentor's suggestion can significantly resonate.

All in all, ensuring your introduction is tailored, concise, and compelling invites the employer to read further, significantly boosting your chances of consideration.

6. Highlight your top skills and accomplishments as a medical doctor

After the introduction, it's time to lay out the substance of your medical doctor cover letter — your skills and accomplishments . Here, you persuasively illustrate why you'd be an ideal fit for the role and for the organization. 

The body of your cover letter should be divided into two or three short paragraphs. Start with your most significant achievement or an aspect of your work that sets you apart. Then, delve into your relevant expertise, experiences, and skills . Be specific and try to link your abilities to the requirements mentioned in the job description.

For instance, instead of merely stating that you possess excellent diagnostic skills, narrate a brief instance where your diagnostic ability made a significant difference in patient care or treatment outcome.

  • For professionals with experience , you can discuss contributions you've made at your current or past place of work. Quantifying these achievements with percentages, numbers, or time frames can give them more impact. For example:

Seasoned medical doctor cover letter body paragraphs example

In my role as a General Practitioner at HealthFirst Medical, I led a dedicated team of healthcare professionals to streamline our patient triage system. We successfully managed to reduce patient wait times by 30% over a 6-month period. This achievement not only increased patient satisfaction rates, but also enabled our team to operate in a more calm, collected and efficient manner.

Moreover, I also spearheaded the implementation of a new electronic health record system, which enhanced our medical documentation efficiency by 40%. My ability to manage change and lead innovation without disrupting service delivery further solidified my leadership skills and dedication to efficient healthcare

  • If you've recently graduated and lack professional experience, focus on your rotations, internships, or any special projects during your medical training. What did you learn? Did you receive any commendation for your efforts? Highlighting such experiences portrays your commitment, enthusiasm, and learning potential. 

Fresh graduate cover letter body paragraphs example

During my final year of medical school, I was part of a team managing an infectious disease breakout during my pediatric rotation at Grand City Hospital. Our efforts were focused on both treatment of affected patients and preventive measures within the community.

We successfully reduced the spread of the disease by 50% within the first month. My role was primarily patient management and I was directly responsible for monitoring patient symptoms and the effectiveness of treatments. The head of the Department acknowledged my consistent efforts and iterated that my actions helped deliver exceptional patient care under pressure. This experience amplified my passion for pediatrics and strengthened my crisis management skills.

Each paragraph in these examples is focused on a singular achievement or experience but paints a broader picture of the candidate's professional assets. Always remember, the objective is to pique interest and encourage the hiring manager to explore your skills further via your resume or an interview .

7. How to conclude persuasively your medical doctor cover letter

The conclusion of your medical doctor cover letter holds significant importance. It is your closing argument , the final opportunity to persuade the reader of your suitability for the position. It also lays out the next steps in your application process. 

In your conclusion:

  • Summarize your competence for the role in a sentence or two
  • Reiterate your enthusiasm about the opportunity
  • Indicate your availability for further discussion
  • Include details on how and when you can be best contacted and your plan for follow-up
  • Sign off professionally

Here’s an example of a strong cover letter conclusion

The prospect of bringing my patient-centered care and diagnostic expertise to the medical team at Wellspring Health Center genuinely excites me. Available at your earliest convenience, I welcome the opportunity to explore how I can contribute to maintaining and improving patient care standards at your facility. I will touch base next week to follow up on my application. However, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience, via phone (555-555-5555) or email ([email protected]). 

Thank you for considering my application.

[Your Full Name]

This conclusion is succinct yet comprehensive, conveying excitement and forward momentum in the application process. It ends on a respectful note, with a professional sign-off. 

Remember, your overall aim is to leave a lasting, positive impression on the hiring manager, urging them to take the next steps with you.

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8. How to avoid common mistakes in a medical doctor cover letter

Your medical doctor cover letter is your opportunity to make a good first impression. However, certain common missteps could derail your chances of landing that coveted role. Here are some tips to help you avoid those errors:

  • Sending generic cover letters: Customizing your cover letter for each application is critical. Using generic, "one-size-fits-all" cover letters implies a lack of effort and interest. Tailor each cover letter to the specific role and organization.
  • Including too much information: While it's essential to provide enough detail to pique the employer's interest, avoid overwhelming the reader with excessive information. Stick to highlighting your most relevant skills and experiences.
  • Failing to proofread: Errors in punctuation, grammar, or spelling can convey negligence and lack of attention to detail. Always double-check your cover letter for mistakes. 
  • Writing in a complicated style: Write as clearly and simply as possible while maintaining a professional tone. Avoid using jargon or overly complex language.
  • Talking too much about yourself: While it's important to market yourself, the employer also wants to know how you can add value to their organization. Ensure you balance information about yourself with how your skills and abilities can benefit prospective employers.
  • Forgetting to follow instructions: If the job ad asks for specific information or a certain format, make sure you adhere to these requirements.

By keeping in mind these common pitfalls and how to navigate them, your medical doctor cover letter is much more likely to stand out and make a lasting impression on potential employers. 

9. Average salary and job outlook for medical doctors

If you're considering a career in medicine or already on that path, it's essential to understand the job market and salary expectations. 

According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average yearly salary for a medical doctor was approximately $229,300 as of May 2022. This figure, however, can vary widely depending on specialty, experience, and geographic location.

In terms of job outlook, the BLS projects a steady growth for the medical profession. Overall employment of medical doctors is expected to grow 3 percent from 2022 to 2032. This growth rate is on par with the average for all occupations. 

Although the growth percentage might not seem high, in real terms, it represents a significant number of job openings given the size of the field. Specifically, about 24,200 openings for medical doctors are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

10. Medical doctor’s resources

Feeling lost while job hunting as a medical doctor? Don't worry. There are plenty of resources to help you find your way:

  • Networking platforms: LinkedIn allows you to create a professional profile, network with other medical professionals, join relevant groups, and search for job openings. What’s more, you can easily turn your LinkedIn profile into a polished resume with just one click!
  • Professional associations: Associations like the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS) provide opportunities for networking, professional development, and job listings.
  • Job search sites: Health eCareers , PracticeLink , DocCafe and MedJobCafe are some of the many job boards specifically tailored to healthcare professionals.
  • Residency programs: For those embarking on their professional journey, consider a residency program. These enlisted on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) database offer hands-on experience in the medical field while under the supervision of an experienced physician.
  • Medical journals: Subscribing and regularly reading relevant medical journals like The New England Journal of Medicine or The Lancet can keep you abreast with the latest medical trends, research, and news in your specialty area. It helps to be knowledgeable about changes in the field during interviews.

Remember, hunting for a job as a medical doctor involves both showcasing your unique skills and standing out from the crowd. By availing yourself of these resources, you'll be well-equipped to find and secure the right position for you.

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While both documents complement each other, they serve different purposes . A resume is a concise summary of your skills, experiences, and achievements. A cover letter, on the other hand, is a personalized letter to the employer explaining why you're the right fit for the specific job role.

A cover letter should ideally be one page long. Keep it concise yet impactful, ensuring you've highlighted your most relevant skills, experiences, and why you're a good fit for the role.

If you're early in your career, emphasize your medical training, rotations, or internships in your cover letter. Discuss influential projects or coursework and any commendations you've received.

Typically, a job application requires you to submit both your resume and cover letter. Follow the instructions provided in the job listing. If unsure, it's better to include both.

It's best to tailor your cover letter to each job you're applying for. Using the same cover letter may make you appear less invested in the specific role, reducing your chances of landing the job. Always align your cover letter with the requirements of the particular job listing.

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Physician Cover Letter Examples

If you are a physician looking to secure your dream job, then you must take a look at our physician cover letter examples. Often overlooked, cover letters can be the application component that makes you stand out. Whether you are working on your job applications alone or with a physician career advisor , it’s important to know what a cover letter should entail and how to write it. In our article, we will share expert tips on physician cover letter standards, format, and provide you with stellar physician cover letter examples to inspire your own!

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Why is a cover letter important.

Physician cover letters are often neglected because they usually cannot convey the wealth of experience the applicant possesses. Unlike a CV, a cover letter is a short document, usually no more than 3-5 paragraphs long, so you must be extremely careful about what you decide to include. But if you plan correctly, a cover letter can truly be the optimal way to demonstrate why you are the best candidate for a position.

Essentially, a physician cover letter is your chance to really demonstrate your desire for and dedication to the position you are applying to. A CV cannot do that! A CV or a resume can outline why you possess appropriate education, skills, and experiences, but they cannot express why you want to pursue the positions you apply to. And that’s where a cover letter comes in. In a cover letter, you can express your genuine interest and commitment, as well as suitability. And while the credentials on your CV are important, the hiring committees want to see sincere interest from applicants, which can only be conveyed on paper via a cover letter.

Furthermore, a cover letter is also an application component that humanizes the candidate. It gives a real sense of the person behind the CV or resume. And while the latter are essential in the committee’s decision-making, a cover letter can give them a sense of your personality, background, and even interests. It's always great to have an accomplished professional on your healthcare team. But having a professional who possesses great communication and interpersonal skills, or a professional who demonstrates true commitment to their team is a much bigger coup. It is no wonder that residency program directors consider interpersonal skills and interactions with the team as the most important factors when it comes to making their rank order list. Use the cover letter to demonstrate these skills and your dedication even before you are called into an interview! And in this article, we will show you how to do just that!

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Why You Are Interested in the Position/Your Suitability

Your physician cover letter must convey why the job ad or the job itself caught your eye. Why is this your dream job? Why are you sending this letter? Sometimes, to convey this, it takes more than a sentence or two, or a paragraph; you may use the entirety of the letter to convey this interest.

Some useful tips for showing this interest may include:

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But at the same time, your interest must be backed up by your own background and experiences. It’s not enough to say that the job seems interesting to you – you must have informed interest that comes from skills and events in your life. While you are expressing interest, don't forget to emphasize your suitability at the same time. Show what you can contribute to the team and the institution.

How You Can Help Improve Patient Care

As a physician, your number one priority is always patients. If you are applying for a clinical position, then your cover letter should also indicate how you can help improve patient care at the institution you are applying to. This can be as simple as demonstrating great past experiences, like this:

“During my time at the walk-in clinic, I minimized wait time by 10 minutes by implementing a new software system that ended up saving time and money for both the clinic and the patients.”

In addition to demonstrating that you are an innovative thinker and problem-solver, this sentence shows that you care about solving the wait times and financial burdens that come with healthcare.

Essentially, your cover letter should indicate that the institution will gain better patient care options by hiring you. While you do not have to cure cancer or resolve the healthcare budget issues, it would be beneficial if you can show how you have helped patients have better healthcare experiences before.

This might seem less relevant, but your geographical ties to the position might be the one tie-breaker that surprises you. Having geographical ties to an institution, a city, or a state/province, indicates that you want to stay and practice in the area. Retention is a very serious issue in healthcare. By demonstrating that you have history, family, or, simply, interest in working in the area long-term, you are further showing genuine interest in the position.

Be specific. You should not go on a long tirade about the geographical area. Try to showcase your dedication very subtly, like so:

“Having grown up and started a family in X town, I want to continue dedicating my professional knowledge and experience to improve the lives of X citizens.”

Simple but effective. This sentence demonstrates that the applicant grew up in this town, which means she knows the kind of population she will be serving. Plus, she has already started a family here, which means she is really settled and ready to start or continue her professional life here.

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Important Do’s and Don’ts

Before we jump into the discussion of how to write your cover letter, let’s go over some important rules and standards of cover letter etiquette:

Do Create a Narrative

Your cover letter is not a list! This is one of the biggest mistakes candidates make when they create this application component. They start to list all the accomplishments that make them look suitable for the position – and while this may seem like an appropriate approach, a cover letter has a completely different purpose! Remember, you have your CV or resume to demonstrate why you are suitable for the position “on paper”; your education, skills, experiences, awards, and so on, are all listed on the CV, so it’s not worth repeating the same items in your cover letter.

Your cover letter should be a narrative. As a physician, you have experience creating compelling narratives in your medical school personal statement and your residency statement . And while the cover letter will be slightly shorter, its objective is quite similar to the application essays. Your cover letter should demonstrate why you want and deserve the position via a strong, compelling story. We will be going into more detail about what exactly to include in the narrative, but first, it's important to remember the first rule of cover letter writing: you are creating a short essay.

Do Tailor to Each Position

Before you even start writing your letter, make sure to research the position you are applying to. You must have done so already if you are interested in it, but make sure to review what kind of work the position involves, what kind of skills are important for the position, and what kind of goals and mission are emphasized by the institution you are pursuing. Tailor your cover letter to emphasize your relevant skills, background, and interests. This does not mean that you have to embellish or lie – simply try to reflect on what kind of skills and experiences from your life can relate to these requirements and values.

Additionally, when you start writing, do not forget to address your letter to a specific person or hiring committee. You want to showcase genuine dedication and interest, so simply addressing the letter “To Whom It May Concern” is impersonal and, frankly, forgettable. Do your best to research who will be reviewing your application.

Don’t Skip Soft Skills

Your CV is the place to really highlight your hard skills, such as your specialty training, your experiences in the field, your research background, and so on. But your cover letter should be able to give a glimpse into your personality and soft skills that are highly valued by hiring committees. For example, writing a compelling and strong narrative in your cover letter is so important – it shows your written communication skills and critical thinking skills. By showing that you are able to articulate your thoughts concisely, you show that you can pinpoint the most important aspects of your candidacy and highlight them appropriately.

In your cover letter, you can also emphasize soft skills like ethical proclivity, professionalism, leadership, and even commitment to the specialty. Remember, it's important to try and show rather than tell the reader about these qualities. For example, instead of simply saying “I am dedicated to professional ethics, and I have leadership skills”, you can write:

“As the head of the Center for Healthcare Ethics during my tenure with the X residency program, I have dedicated much of my time creating awareness of dementia and related patient treatment in Arkansas. I believe I can affect more change in making the lives of these patients better as a member of your team in X clinic.”

This sentence demonstrates that:

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Do Address Gaps

If you have any gaps or setbacks in your resume or CV, a cover letter is a perfect place to briefly address them. Do not take up the entire space to make excuses for these problems, but try to explain why x, y, or z happened. For example, if you have a large gap in your resume due to illness or if you had to take a leave of absence from your position, address it like so:

“Having had to take a prolonged leave of absence from my position due to cancer diagnosis, I am more than eager to return to working with patients and doing my best to promote their well-being and health.”

Remember not to dwell on the gap or the setback. A brief explanation is best. If the hiring committee wants to further investigate it, you will be asked about this issue in the interview. And keep in mind that if there is a reasonable explanation for the setback in your cover letter, then the setback should not prevent the hiring committee from speaking with you in person. Leaving the gap or the setback unaddressed is more of a red flag than including a brief explanation in your letter.

Don’t Just Repeat CV/resume

It’s worth repeating that your cover letter is not a CV, so do not simply repeat the same information in your cover letter. While you can certainly bring up the jobs or positions you list in the CV, use the cover letter to express items you cannot include in the CV, such as your genuine interest in the position, your connection to the institution you are applying to, your connection to the geographical area, your soft skills, your background, and so on. You have a limited amount of space to convey your suitability for the position, so repeating the same information in the same format throughout your job application is just not a wise approach.

Your physician cover letter should not be more than a page, so around 3 to 5 paragraphs long. Use professional language and avoid a colloquial tone. Make sure to structure it as an academic essay, with an intro, body, and conclusion:

In the conclusion, restate your interest and include one last strong argument for why you would be the perfect fit for this position. This last little argument can help you make the cover letter and therefore your candidacy more memorable! You can also offer to answer any further questions and express interest in meeting in person. ","label":"Conclusion","title":"Conclusion"}]' code='tab1' template='BlogArticle'>

In the heading of your cover letter, don’t forget to include your contact info, such as your full name, address, email, and telephone number. 

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Physician Cover Letter Example #1

Paula Alvarez

123 X Street, Fresno CA, 93711


[email protected]

Dear Dr. Johnson,

I am writing in response to the Family Staff Physician position posted in the X City Daily Newspaper, Job ID 1234, located in Orange Cove, California. I am a young, but experienced family doctor, with more than 7 years of clinical experience in Fresno County. I believe my dedication, skills, and experience will be a valuable addition to your institution. Having lived in California all my life, I received my education and training in some of the best medical programs in the country. Throughout my education, I was driven by the desire to become a physician who advocates for healthcare accessibility for low-income households and vulnerable populations. 

After graduating from Stanford Medical School , I was trained and served as a primary-care doctor at the St. Agnes Medical Center for 7 years. During my tenure, I operated as a staff physician, serving over 150 patients from low-income backgrounds per week. This experience exposed me to a variety of disorders that continue to plague the vulnerable populations of California, including HIV, hepatitis, substance abuse, as well as a variety of other health problems that were often neglected by my patients.

As a result, I became involved in the promotion of the Low-Income Health Program to help bring healthcare to low-income and vulnerable populations of Fresno County. Furthermore, I joined the board of the California Department of Health Care Services to promote initiatives that further alleviate the financial burden of healthcare for low-income families. We have made significant improvements to the lives of Californians by instating payment reforms and lifting policies forbidding physicians from serving immigrants without proper paperwork.

What I would like to bring to the X Hospital of Orange Cove is a proven dedication to first-rate healthcare to all patients regardless of their class or socio-economic status. The mission and goals of your institution greatly align with my own - I have vast experience working with the type of population that makes up the majority of your patients. Not only does my experience show that I am dedicated to working with low-income and vulnerable populations, but my fluency in Spanish will also help me communicate easier with a large part of our patients.

I attach my CV with this application for your review. I am very interested in becoming a part of your establishment and I hope that you can provide me with an opportunity to discuss my candidacy for the position in more detail in a personal interview.

Physician Cover Letter Example #2

567 ABC street, Kelowna, BC, V1P 1U8


Dear Dr. Rosen,

This letter is to express my interest in the Pediatric Immunologist position with the X Hospital in Toronto, ON. I am an experienced pediatrician, having worked with immune-compromised children for the last 17 years and I would like nothing more than to contribute my knowledge and experience to the healthcare efforts of your esteemed establishment. I have been advised of this position by your colleague, Dr. Palmer, who has assured me that I would be the perfect candidate for this position.

For the last 10 years, I have been working as a pediatric immunologist at X hospital in Y city, British Columbia. Within 3 years of my tenure at this institution, I was promoted to the head of the Pediatrics Department, having had a significant impact on research developments in the field and on patient care practices. My contributions to the treatment research have led to significant developments in treatments for young patients with allergies and skin conditions. My work on psoriasis has been published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and recognized by my colleagues all over the world.

During my time as a researcher, I never left clinical practice. The well-being and healthcare of my patients remained my main concern. The more I worked with children, the more I understood the gravity of my responsibility before my patients and their families. I did everything in my power to improve the healthcare experience for my young patients. My colleagues and I created playrooms where the children could play with their peers and families while they wait for their appointments. We provided toys, games, and allergy-free snacks for our patients to enjoy. This initiative has been especially supported by the parents, who claim that their children were much more eager to attend our appointments since the playrooms were introduced. 

I have loved working with my colleagues and patients in Y city, BC, but I have always longed to return to Ontario. I grew up and attended university in Toronto. Currently, my family and I are looking to return to Ontario, as my wife is also from Toronto. When I was told of this opportunity, I wasted no time preparing my application. I am ready to exceed your expectations and to dedicate my most sincere efforts to improving the health and the healthcare experience of my patients in Toronto.

My CV is enclosed with this letter. I am highly interested in joining your dynamic and esteemed team and hope that you give my application due consideration. I sincerely thank you for your time.

Best wishes,

A cover letter allows you to express your interest in a specific job. While your CV may remain mostly the same for each position you may apply to, a cover letter will allow you to demonstrate what exactly attracted you to each position and why you would be a great fit for each position you pursue.

It should be no longer than a page.

Use academic essay structure with an intro, body, and conclusion.

Yes, each cover letter should address the person who is in charge of the hiring process or who will be supervising you in the position. Try to find out who will be reading your application and address the cover letter directly to them. You may find this information in the job ad, on the institution’s website, or you may want to call the institution and ask who is in charge of the hiring process.

Express your genuine interest in the position and why you are a good fit. Also, try to include some geographical connection you have to the position, the city, or the state.

Unless you are explicitly asked not to submit a cover letter, always include a cover letter as part of your application.

No, your physician cover letter should be a narrative and not a list.

You can discuss the most important jobs or positions, but try to extrapolate on your significant experiences by adding details and events that cannot be found in your CV.

Yes, you should. 

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Why does a medical cover letter keep importance even if you have all the essential information in your resume?

Well, your medical resume might have all the professional information, but a medical cover letter can showcase what kind of person you are and what qualities you possess.

According to research, the United States medical job market will encounter 2.6 million new job openings between 2020 to 2030 . Still, you can not expect easy competition on these job openings as the population is increasing rapidly.

A medical cover letter can make your job application better than your competitors and might also impress the recruiter during the screening round. Considering this, we are here with the answers to the following medical cover letter building queries:

  • Why should you write a medical cover letter?
  • How do you write a medical cover letter?
  • What are the important sections of a medical cover letter?
  • What should you do and avoid in a medical cover letter?

Why Should You Write a Medical Cover Letter?

A medical cover letter will help you showcase your achievements, qualities, or any other mind-blowing thing you have done in your career. Cover letters possess information absent in the resume as a backup during the recruitment process.

Like any other profession, you can add your achievements and specializations to your medical cover letter to impress the recruiter and enhance your shortlisting chances. We recommend writing a cover letter along with a resume while applying for a job to emphasize the effectiveness of their job application.

Also Read: How to build Physician Assistant Cover Letter in 2022?

How Should You Start Writing Your Medical Cover Letter?

You can initiate writing your medical cover letter by choosing a suitable format.

Your job application must be professional and impressive enough to stand apart from the crowd of other applicants. For that, you need to use a professional cover letter template and check the following details in your cover letter before submitting it:

  • Your contact details and LinkedIn profile
  • The hiring manager’s contact details
  • Company name & address
  • Personal greeting. For example, ‘Dear Mr. Dumbledoor’
  • Introduction paragraph
  • Skill-focused second paragraph
  • Research-focused third paragraph
  • Professional sign off

What are the Important Sections of a Medical Cover Letter?

Writing a medical cover letter can be tough for you without expert guidelines. You can refer to the online medical cover letter examples to craft your physician cover letter. But, you will not be able to create an effective one without practical steps.

Hence, we are elaborating on the guidelines for creating a highly impactful medical scribe cover letter in 2022:

Medical Cover Letter Header

The header of your medical cover letter must include:

  • Your name & contact information
  • Submission date
  • The recruiter's name & designation
  • The targeted company name & address

Here is the format that you can follow while creating the header of your sample medical cover letter:

Your Name Current Job Profile Email Address Phone Number LinkedIn Profile

Submission Date-

Recruiter’s Name Designation Organization name Address

Dear Mr./Ms. (Recruiter's Name),

Medical Cover Letter Introduction

The first paragraph of your medical cover letter works as an introduction. Hence, you must frame it professionally in an easy-to-read English language. Here you can showcase the position you are applying for, work experience, educational background, and any achievement related to the target job profile.

Medical Cover Letter Body

In the second paragraph, you can showcase your skills in line with the applied profile. Here you can mention your qualities and skills admired by your previous employers. You can also mention the highlighting achievements of your professional journey in this part of your medical receptionist cover letter.

Medical Cover Letter Final Paragraph

You can showcase the research you have done in the last paragraph. The research can be related to the profile, healthcare unit, or hospital you are applying to. We recommend you add some nice things for the hospital or clinic along with the value that you can add in the last paragraph. Give them a reason to consider you for the next round in this paragraph.

Medical Cover Letter Sign Off

Lastly, you can sign off professionally with a thanking note and a statement that you are looking for a positive response. Wrap up the medical cover letter with your full name.

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What Should You Practice & Avoid in a Medical Cover Letter

You must keep certain things in mind while creating your medical cover letter. Moreover, you will also need to avoid certain things for a personalized and professional tone in your medical cover letter.

Things you must practice:

  • Address recruiters with their full name instead of 'To Whom it May Concern'
  • Keep a positive tone and show your dedication towards the medical niche
  • Attach letters of references if you have any strong connection already working in that hospital
  • Wrap your letter up with a call to action by requesting the recruiter for a call or meeting in person

Things you must avoid:

  • Don’t sound too desperate for the job, even it is an ideal position
  • Try to sell your skills instead of manipulating the recruiter to hire you
  • Avoid humor or sarcasm and be professional throughout your medical cover letter
  • Do not mention any negative information regarding your previous work or colleagues

Pro Tips to Polish Your Medical Cover Letter

You can not write an impressive and professional medical cover letter without expert guidance in 2022. Your medical cl must be unique, easy-to-read, and address every requirement to shortlist you during the screening time.

Considering this, we are listing some points that will help you enhance the effectiveness of your medical cover letter:

  • Read The Job Description

Read the job description before writing your medical cover letter. It will give you a clear vision on the job requirements. Then you can frame your cover letter accordingly addressing all the requirements.

  • Do Not Repeat Your Details

You must ensure that the details you are writing in your medical cover letter is not present in the resume. Repetition of information might degrade the effectiveness of your application. Hence, we suggest you add unique skills, and capabilities in your medical cover letter.

  • Quantify Your Achievements

You must quantify your achievements and capabilities in your medical cover letter. It will make your information unique even if you repeat some skills and capabilities.

  • Add a CTA Statement at The End

We recommend adding a CTA statement at the end of your cover letter. You can state, 'I will be waiting for a positive response' or 'let us talk more in detail via email or in-person', or anything similar to take things forward.

Key Takeaways

Building a medical assistant cover letter can consume a lot of your time, even if you refer to an online physician cover letter example. However, you can minimize the time by following these practical medical cover letter building guidelines:

  • Outline your cover letter in a professional medical cover letter format
  • Greet recruiters by their name instead of random greeting format like Dear sir/ma’am
  • Use easy-to-read English language in a positive tone while writing your cover letter for medical jobs
  • Introduce yourself impressively with your education, experience, and accomplishments in the first paragraph
  • Mention your skills, qualities, and something from your previous role relatable to the applied profile in the second paragraph
  • Write whatever you liked about the hospital or clinic culture and the reason why the recruiter must hire you in the third paragraph
  • Sign off nicely with a thanking note and your full name at the end of your medical assistant cover letter

You can use these guidelines to build a job-winning cover letter for medical jobs. However, if you want to save time and dodge the process of analyzing sample medical cover letter templates online, you can check out Hiration’s 360-degree Career Service Platform .

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Medical Doctor Cover Letter Examples

Use these Medical Doctor cover letter examples to help you write a powerful cover letter that will separate you from the competition.

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Medical doctors are responsible for diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries. They also provide preventive care and counsel patients on how to maintain their health.

In order to become a medical doctor, you need to have a strong educational background and extensive experience. Use your cover letter to highlight your qualifications and experience.

Check out the examples below to learn how to write a medical doctor cover letter that gets you the job.

Formal/Professional Writing Style Example

With a strong background in providing exceptional medical care and a demonstrated commitment to patient-centered treatment, I am confident that my skills and qualifications make me the ideal candidate for this role.

As a medical doctor with over ten years of experience, I have developed a thorough understanding of the complexities involved in medical practice. My clinical expertise and solid foundation in internal medicine, diagnosing, and prescribing treatments allow me to excel in managing a diverse range of medical conditions. Furthermore, my excellent communication and interpersonal skills have consistently contributed to establishing strong rapport with patients, their families, and medical staff, ensuring a high standard of patient care.

In my previous role at XYZ Healthcare, I was responsible for supervising medical teams and coordinating care for patients in a busy, and sometimes challenging, environment. This experience has honed my ability to problem-solve and adapt quickly to constantly changing scenarios while maintaining a strong focus on delivering quality care.

As a driven and dedicated medical professional, I am eager to contribute to your organization’s goals and vision for outstanding patient care. I am committed to staying up-to-date with recent advancements in the field, and I am an active participant in continuous professional development programs and workshops.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications and how I can contribute to the success of your organization in further detail. Thank you for considering my application, and I look forward to the possibility of working together.

[Your Name]

Entry-Level Writing Style Example

As a recent graduate from XYZ University’s Medical School, I am eager to apply my passion and newly acquired medical knowledge to contribute effectively to the healthcare services provided by your prestigious hospital. I strongly believe my recent clinical rotations and medical education have well-prepared me to excel as an entry-level medical doctor.

During my medical school journey, I had the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations across various specialties, such as internal medicine, pediatrics, and general surgery. My preceptor’s consistently praised my ability to quickly learn, adapt, and apply evidence-based practices for optimal patient care, management, and support. Additionally, I demonstrated excellent communication and teamwork skills with medical staff and patients, which ensured the successful collaboration and resolution of complex clinical cases.

Aside from my medical education, I have volunteered with various healthcare initiatives within the community, which has honed my compassion, empathy, and ability to connect with patients from diverse backgrounds. I am confident that these experiences have equipped me with strong interpersonal skills, enabling me to build trusting relationships and provide top-quality care.

In conclusion, I am excited about the prospect of joining your esteemed hospital as a medical doctor and believe my clinical, educational, and personal experiences will be a valuable addition to your team. I look forward to the opportunity to further discuss my qualifications and how I can contribute to your organization’s continued success. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Networking/Referral Writing Style Example

I was referred to this opportunity by Dr. Jane Smith, a respected colleague and a close professional contact of mine. Our collaboration over the past several years at City Hospital has allowed Dr. Smith to become familiar with my skills, work ethic, and dedication to patient care. During our time working together, Dr. Smith has often praised my diagnostic abilities, particularly in complex cases, and highlighted my expertise in integrating new medical technologies into our practice.

I believe that my extensive clinical experience, combined with my strong interpersonal skills, make me a perfect candidate for the Medical Doctor role at your institution. My background includes over 10 years of experience managing and treating patients with various medical conditions. I have demonstrated success in developing and implementing treatment plans, coordinating multidisciplinary care, and maintaining strong relationships with both patients and their families.

In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I have also actively participated in research, medical conference presentations, and continuous medical education courses. I am board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, which further showcases my commitment to excelling in the medical field and keeping up to date with current advancements and best practices.

I am confident that my strong medical knowledge, excellent communication skills, and unwavering dedication to patient care would be valuable assets to your institution. I would be very excited to contribute to the continued growth and success of your healthcare team.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss my qualifications and explore how my expertise could meet your needs.

Enthusiastic/Passionate Writing Style Example

Having followed your hospital’s outstanding work and countless achievements in patient care over the years, I am thrilled for the opportunity to contribute my skills and expertise to such an extraordinary institution.

Throughout my career, I have always been motivated by an insatiable zeal and love for helping others, which led me to pursue my degree in medicine from the prestigious XYZ University. My experiences during residency have not only honed my medical skills but also fortified my passion for providing the best possible care to those in need. I have great familiarity in diagnosing various medical conditions, implementing successful treatment plans, and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to ensure a comprehensive and compassionate approach to patient care.

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The obesity medication contains tirzepatide, the same active ingredient in the diabetes drug Mounjaro.

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By Dani Blum

The decision by the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to approve the weight loss drug tirzepatide adds a potent new tool to the fast-growing arsenal of obesity drugs.

The drug, which will go by the brand name Zepbound , contains the same compound in the sought-after diabetes drug Mounjaro . Many people have used Mounjaro off-label to lose weight since it was initially approved in May 2022, but the move could pave the way for insurance coverage and open the floodgates for more prescriptions.

Zepbound is the second drug in a new class of obesity medications to be approved for weight loss, following Wegovy. And it is now likely the most effective treatment to combat obesity besides bariatric surgery, said Dr. Scott Hagan, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington. But for many, Mounjaro has been hard to find in the year since it hit the market.

“It’s very similar to what we went through with Ozempic,” said Dr. Andrew Kraftson, a clinical associate professor in the division of metabolism, endocrinology and diabetes at Michigan Medicine, noting that demand for weight loss medications has hit a “fever pitch.” Now, he said, patients will likely be clamoring for this new drug. Here’s what to know.

Who qualifies for Zepbound?

The F.D.A. approved Zepbound for people who have a body mass index — a much-criticized metric — of 30 or greater, which technically qualifies them as having obesity, or those with a B.M.I. of 27 who also have certain weight-related conditions, such as high blood pressure. Regulators said the drug should be used in combination with a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity.

How does tirzepatide work for weight loss?

Zepbound, made by Eli Lilly, is the brand name for tirzepatide when used for weight loss. When the drug is prescribed for diabetes, it is sold under the brand name Mounjaro.

Like semaglutide, the compound in Ozempic and Wegovy, tirzepatide slows down the emptying of the stomach. People feel fuller, quicker and for longer. All three drugs also target the area of the brain that regulates appetite, blunting cravings for many people.

Semaglutide simulates a single hormone in the body, while tirzepatide mimics two, which experts say may be why it’s often more effective at triggering weight loss. In a 72-week clinical trial , funded by Eli Lilly, participants with obesity taking the highest dose of tirzepatide lost around 18 percent of their body weight on average.

If I’m already taking Ozempic or Wegovy, should I switch?

Not everyone reacts to these medications in the same way — someone might lose little to no weight on semaglutide, but shed pounds on tirzepatide, and vice versa, said Dr. Janice Jin Hwang, the division chief of endocrinology and metabolism at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. People whose weight loss may be most closely tied to other health outcomes — such as those at risk for heart failure or liver disease — may benefit more from losing a significant amount of weight on a drug like Zepbound.

But some people can lose too much weight taking these drugs, Dr. Hwang cautioned. Older people, in particular, should be mindful about their weight loss, since it can lead to shrinking muscle mass . Physicians need to weigh the risks and benefits for each patient, she said.

“There’s no guidelines around any of this,” she said. “We’re just trying to think holistically about the patient.”

Will insurance cover it and what is it likely to cost out of pocket?

Coverage can differ from plan to plan, but some insurance companies will likely cover it for those who meet the F.D.A.’s criteria. Eli Lilly said in a press release that it expects Zepbound will be available in the U.S. by the end of the year at a list price of $1,059.87.

What are the side effects?

In an Eli Lilly-funded study of tirzepatide for obesity, gastrointestinal issues were the most common side effects. Roughly one-third of participants taking the highest dose of tirzepatide experienced nauseaand around one-fifth experienced diarrhea. Some participants also reported abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, headache and dizziness. The F.D.A. approval states that people taking Zepbound may also experience burping, hair loss and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Because tirzepatide is so new, we do not know much yet about its long-term effects, Dr. Hwang said. And people taking these kinds of drugs for weight loss typically are advised to stay on them for the rest of their lives, she said.

Dani Blum is a reporter for Well. More about Dani Blum

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November 13, 2023 Israel-Hamas war

By Tara Subramaniam , Jack Guy, Eric Levenson , Mike Hayes, Antoinette Radford, Maureen Chowdhury and Elise Hammond , CNN

Our live coverage of the  Israel-Hamas war has moved here .

Gaza's largest hospitals are no longer operating as fighting escalates. Here are the key things to know

From CNN staff

The situation inside Gaza’s two largest hospitals is worsening as Israeli forces continue their assault in the enclave. Both Al-Shifa Hospital and Al-Quds Hospital are no longer functioning because of the lack of fuel and electricity, Palestinian officials said.

Doctors at Al-Shifa Hospital are refusing a mandatory evacuation order from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), warning that about 700 patients will die if left behind , the director-general of the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza said.

Israel has insisted it is justified in taking military action around the hospital, despite criticism from the UN and others. A US official with knowledge of American intelligence told CNN Hamas has a command node under  the Al-Shifa hospital , uses fuel intended for the hospital and its fighters regularly cluster in and around Al-Shifa.

Hamas and hospital officials have denied the command center accusation. 

Here are the key things to know:

  • The largest hospital in Gaza: The director of Al-Shifa Hospital, Mohammad Abu Salmiya, said the conditions in the facility are “catastrophic” as  essential units collapse . Premature babies are being  wrapped in foil  and placed next to hot water in a desperate bid to keep them alive, the director said. The remaining fuel reserves have also dried, leaving the facility unable to function, according to Salmiya. 
  • The second-largest hospital: Attempts to evacuate staff and patients from Al-Quds Hospital were thwarted due to heavy fighting as the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported " intense gunfire " near the facility in Gaza City. The Israeli military said it killed a group of Hamas fighters “embedded” among civilians at the hospital after its troops were fired on from the hospital entrance. The PRCS disputed claims about “armed militants launching shells from inside Al-Quds Hospital.” It said there were “no armed individuals inside the hospital and no shots were fired from inside.”      
  • Updated death toll: At least 11,180 Palestinians , including 4,609 children and 3,100 women, have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the occupied West Bank. Additionally, 53 ambulances have been disabled, the ministry said.  
  • Rafah crossing latest: Ten buses carrying 564 foreign nationals came into Egypt from Gaza through the Rafah crossing on Monday, an Egyptian border official said. A total of 154 aid relief trucks also made their way into Gaza, loaded with essential supplies such as food, water, relief items, medical equipment, and medications, according to an Egyptian border official.
  • Future aid in jeopardy: The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said it has no fuel to fill its trucks in Gaza and will not be able to facilitate aid deliveries through the  Rafah crossing  on Tuesday. The agency had been using fuel from a strategic reservoir inside Gaza after brokering access with the IDF. But now that the reservoir is dry, negotiations to refill are currently “stalled” at the “highest level of the Israeli government,” said Thomas White, the director of UNRWA Affairs in the Gaza Strip.
  • Fighting across the border: An Israeli electric worker was killed in a Hezbollah missile attack on Dovev in northern Israel, the Israel Electric Corporation said. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for an  attack with anti-tank missiles  on Sunday, saying it was aimed at a military logistical team setting up communication towers. Later, the Lebanese state-run news agency said two Israeli missiles struck  a convoy of media  in the town of Yaroun on Monday near the border.
  • Netanyahu’s latest comments: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday doubled down on Israel’s war against Hamas, vowing that Israel will see the “war to the end.”   On Sunday, the Israeli prime minister refused to answer whether he would take responsibility for failing to prevent the  October 7 attack on Israel , saying that there would be time for such “difficult” questions once the war is over.

Hamas video claims an Israeli hostage in Gaza was killed in an Israeli airstrike 

From CNN's Andrew Carey

A video has emerged on a Hamas social media channel which claims an Israeli woman held hostage in Gaza has been killed in an Israeli airstrike.

The clip — which is just over a minute in length — appeared Monday evening on the Telegram channel of the Al Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. 

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the woman’s family is aware of the video’s existence. 

CNN is not showing any of the video and has not confirmed her death.

Most of the video shows the woman speaking into camera reading a short statement. She gives details of her father and mother, her hometown and her Israeli ID. She gives her age as 19. 

After the spoken statement, the video shows an image of what appears to be the woman’s body, following what the video claims was her death in an Israeli airstrike on November 9.     

In a short statement late Monday, the IDF said an army representative had visited the family home to inform them of the video. 

“Hamas continues to use psychological terror and acts inhumanely, through videos and photos of the hostages, as it has done in the past,” the IDF statement said. 

Gaza is on the brink of a communication blackout, Palestinian telecommunication minister warns

From CNN's Abeer Salman and Eyad Kourdi

The Gaza Strip is facing an imminent, complete halt of communications and internet services by Thursday, the Palestinian telecommunication minister said Sunday. 

The expected interruption is due to the depletion of fuel supplies and is expected to exacerbate the ongoing humanitarian crisis by hindering Palestinians’ ability to reach emergency, relief and rescue services, according to Ishaq Sidr, the minister of telecommunications and information technology.

An outage could prevent Civil Defense and Red Crescent teams from coordinating a response to emergency sites, Sidr said at a news conference from the occupied West Bank.

Any interruption between the crews of these groups on the ground and their centers of communication "may cause the inability to direct these crews to distress sites, which means the loss of many lives, and deliberately depriving our people in Gaza of their right to communicate, especially in light of the displacement and continuous bombing,” Sidr said. 

The minister characterized these developments as a “violation of international law and basic human rights.” 

Since Friday morning, CNN hasn’t been able to reach Palestinians in northern Gaza via the internet, although regular phone calls have been possible despite frequent disconnections. In southern Gaza, intermittent internet access is still available. 

More than 100 UN staffers killed in Gaza since war began, aid agency says

From CNN's Hande Atay Alam 

At least 102 United Nations staff members have been killed in Gaza since the war began, a UN aid agency operating in the enclave said Monday.

"In the last 24 hours, one UNRWA staff member was killed with her family in the north of the Gaza Strip due to strikes," bringing the death toll to more than 100, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said in a statement. 

At least 27 staff members have also been injured since the start of the war, it said.

United Nations offices around the world lowered their flags to half-mast on Monday and all UN staff held a moment of silence to mourn and honor their colleagues who lost their lives in Gaza, according to the statement.

White House seeks to clarify Biden's comments about protecting Gaza hospitals

From CNN's Donald Judd

Smoke rises as displaced Palestinians take shelter at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City on November 8.

The White House sought to clarify comments from President Joe Biden on Monday that hospitals “must be protected” in Gaza. It comes as Israel defended military action around  the Al-Shifa hospital , saying Hamas has a command and control center under the enclave's largest hospital.

Biden was referring to "this extra burden that faces the IDF as they go into Gaza – because Hamas does shelter themselves behind civilian infrastructure," said John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications. This includes places like hospitals, schools or tunnels under residential buildings, he said.

Hamas operating this way places civilians in Gaza at greater risk, which is a tough problem for the IDF when “legitimate targets” are buried inside civilian infrastructure, Kirby said.

“It makes it much harder for any military force to go after those targets because the hospital itself ought to be — as the president said — ought to be protected. So, he's really talking about this incredibly difficult conundrum that Israeli military forces are facing right now,” Kirby said.

Remember: Biden on Monday expressed concern about the enclave's hospitals.

“Well, you know, I have not been reluctant expressing in my concern with what's going on, and it’s my hope and expectation that there will be less intrusive action relative to the hospitals, we’re in contact with the Israelis,” the president said.

Biden added that there is an effort to take “this pause to deal with the release of prisoners, and that's being negotiated as well, and the Qataris are engaged, so I remain somewhat hopeful, but the hospitals must be protected.”

Indonesian president, in meeting with Biden, calls for US "to do more to stop the atrocities in Gaza"

Indonesia's president is calling on the United States to do more to stop “atrocities” in Gaza and advocated for a ceasefire in the conflict.

“Indonesia also wishes our partnership contributes to regional global peace and prosperity, so Indonesia appeals to the US to do more to stop the atrocities in Gaza,” Indonesian President Joko Widodo said during an Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden Monday. “A ceasefire is a must for the sake of humanity.” 

The US president did not respond to Widodo’s comments on Gaza, but he touted a number of steps the two countries have taken “taking our relationship to launching the highest level of cooperation."

Biden called it a "comprehensive strategic partnership … to mark a new era of relations between the United States and Indonesia across the board, affecting everything.”

The US president pointed to new efforts to expand military cooperation, “particularly maritime cooperation,” and efforts to build a more secure supply chain and fight climate change.

Some background: Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Before traveling to Washington, DC, Widodo met with Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia.

Before coming to the US, Jakarta he would convey to Biden the outcomes of the Riyadh summit, where leaders criticized Israel.

"I will be delegated to tell President Joe Biden that the Hamas-Israel war should immediately be stopped,” Widodo previously said, according to Reuters.

Blinken acknowledges disagreements within State Department on Israel-Hamas war in email to staff

From CNN's Jennifer Hansler

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses the media, following the conclusion of 2+2 ministerial dialogue in New Delhi, India, on November 10.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged disagreements within the State Department over the Biden administration’s approach to Israel-Hamas war in an email to staff Monday.

His message to personnel, sent on the heels of his recent travels, comes amid growing anger and dissent not only from staff at the State Department but within the broader Biden administration.

CNN reported last week that hundreds of personnel at the US Agency for International Development signed an open letter calling for a ceasefire , and there are reports of a “dissent memo” inside the State Department.

Last month, a State Department official publicly resigned in protest of the administration’s policy on the Israel-Hamas war. 

"I know that for many of you, the suffering caused by this crisis is taking a profound personal toll,” Blinken wrote in his email Monday, which was seen by CNN. “The anguish that comes with seeing the daily images of babies, children, elderly people, women, and other civilians suffering in this crisis is wrenching. I feel it myself.”

The top US diplomat noted that “some people in the Department may disagree with approaches we are taking or have views on what we can do better.”

The State Department head then noted that forums have been organized in Washington, DC, so that employees can provide feedback.

“We’re listening: what you share is informing our policy and our messages,” he said.

In his email, Blinken provided an overview of his trip to the Middle East and Asia last week, saying that the US’ “overarching objective remains the same: to bring this terrible conflict to a close as quickly as possible, while standing by Israel’s right and obligation, in full accordance with international humanitarian law, to ensure a terrorist attack like October 7th never happens again.”

He reiterated that “far too many Palestinian civilians have died” and “much more can and should be done to reduce their suffering.” “As I said in private and in public, we believe Palestinian people’s voices must be at the center of post-crisis governance in Gaza,” Blinken wrote. “We believe in Palestinian-led governance of Gaza, with Gaza unified with the West Bank. Gaza’s reconstruction must be supported with a sustained mechanism.”

HuffPost was the first to report on Monday’s email.

At a State Department briefing Monday , spokesperson Matt Miller noted that “the State Department, like every organization, not just in government but around the world, contains people with a diversity of views.” 

“One of our strengths as an organization is that we have that diversity of views and that we welcome people to make those views known,” Miller said. He said that Blinken has met with a number of people "from all ranks of the department, from different bureaus in the department, to hear exactly what they think about our policy, both with respect to Israel and its conflict with Hamas, and with respect to other matters, including very controversial matters.”

"Hospitals must be protected," Biden says amid Israel's focus on medical facilities in Gaza

President Joe Biden answers questions from the press at the White House on Monday.

US President Joe Biden has expressed concern for hospitals in Gaza amid Israeli allegations that Hamas is using them to coordinate attacks.

Earlier on Monday, a US official with knowledge of American intelligence said Hamas has a command node under the  Al-Shifa hospital , echoing the Israel Defense Forces' accusations that the militant group is directing rocket attacks and commanding operations from bunkers underneath the building.

"When medical facilities are used for terror purposes, they are liable to lose their protection from attack in accordance with international law," an IDF spokesperson said two weeks ago, appearing to suggest such hospitals are on Israel’s target list. 

Biden on Monday expressed concern about the enclave's hospitals.

Some background: On Sunday, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, said hostilities around Al-Shifa “ have not stopped ,” with constant bombardment preventing evacuations and making it too dangerous for ambulance journeys.

A freelance journalist told CNN  the situation is dire , with medics working by candlelight, food being rationed, and other resources dwindling.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an  interview with CNN there's "no reason" patients can't be evacuated from Al-Shifa. Israel opened an evacuation corridor there Sunday, but the International Committee of the Red Cross said  no one left through it . The hospital director says people are  afraid to step outside .

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