Physician Cover Letter Sample 1:
I am writing this letter to present myself as a candidate for the Physician position within your organization. I am very excited about the opportunity to work in this capacity for your company, and believe this position would be a perfect fit for someone with my unique skills, interests, and professional expertise. My extensive experiences in primary and continuing medical care management, coupled with strong academic background and relevant certifications, have equipped me with the critical abilities enabling me to contribute immediately in the fast-paced environment within your firm.
The positions that I have held, as listed in my attached resume, have given me the experience that would make me a strong candidate for this position with your company. Throughout my experience as a Medical Doctor and a Staff Physician professional, I have successfully provided strong and effective leadership, guidance and direction to team members while demonstrating efficient and innovative solutions to the complex issues facing the research projects and laboratory facility. In addition, I helped ensure that each function and operational aspect was conducted in a highly professional manner and adhered to corporate standards, industry regulations, and professional ethics. While conducting various hospital and clinical functions, I faced and overcame numerous challenges. My organization and analytical skills, combined with my professional attitude, have allowed me to successfully complete any work-related tasks to which I have been assigned.
During my tenure at each organization, I gained valuable insight into health program coordination, individualized patient care, health and physical examinations, clinical processes, hospital operations, patient needs assessment and education, and healthcare management. All of these experiences, among many others afforded me invaluable opportunities to develop and enhance my leadership and collaboration skills.
Crucial to my success in these positions has been my ability to succeed in an environment where decision-making, self-motivation, a commitment to integrity and excellent communication skills are held at a premium. I truly believe that my skills, experience and character will enable me to offer as much to this position and your company as I’m sure it can offer to me. I sincerely thank you for your consideration of me for this exciting opportunity.
Physician Cover Letter Sample 2:
This letter is to express my interest in the Orthopedic Physician job opportunity with your esteemed Wellbeing Hospital in Dallas, TX.
I understand from your listed job requirements that you are looking for a physician who has prior experience in combat/non-combat casualty care in inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and ICU environments. I am pleased to inform you that I not only meet this requirement, but am also someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with challenging cases.
At present I am employed with Sunshine Hospital in Dallas. My key responsibilities include, among others, the following:
- Leading a team of six technicians and four physician assistants
- Providing outstanding inpatient and outpatient care
- Evaluating and admitting patients
- Streamlining the desk operations
- Managing scheduling, brace shop, and cast room services and personnel
- Serving as first call for severe injuries
As noted on my resume, my key areas of expertise are: orthopedics, surgical first assist, process improvements, trauma care, medical evaluation/admission, labs interpretation/radiographic studies, and sports medicine.
I have a friendly and compassionate nature, and enjoy a good working relationship with colleagues and staff. These two inherent qualities and a strong spirit of cooperation allows me to provide the highest quality care to patients and support and contribute to the organization’s growth and prosperity.
In addition to my extensive experience, I offer you strong time-management and people-management skills. Given my intensive experience, strong qualifications, and a proven record as an Orthopedic Physician, I am sure I will be able to form a mutually-beneficial and long-lasting working relationship with your establishment.
Attached with this application is my resume. I am highly interested in joining a large and esteemed establishment such as yours and hope that you give me application due consideration.
Physician Cover Letter Sample 3:
I am writing in response to your advertisement for a Staff Physician that appeared in the Herald Daily Newspaper. The details of your requirements as listed in the ad have given me enough reasons to believe that I am a suitable candidate for this position. I am a Diplomate in Internal Medicine and have over seven years of experience in both hospital and clinic settings.
My education, training, and experience have given me an opportunity to develop a strong background in the field of Internal Medicine. Currently I am working as a Physician with Helping Hands Medical Centre’s Department of Medicine. In my present role of Physician-in-Charge for 2 clinics, I have had solid exposure to a range of disease states and health disorders, including a high volume of hepatitis, substance abuse, and HIV cases, as well as an above-average percentage of oncology, pulmonary, diabetes, and cardiac patients.
My key job responsibilities include the following:
- Providing direct medical services to patients
- Contributing in interdepartmental consultations
- Supervising resident physicians, medical students, and mid-level staff
- Participating in the development of medical services, including standard procedures, management of activities related to patient care, and standard procedures
- Contributing towards the improvement of the efficiency of my department
In addition to the relevant skills so important for a Staff Physician job, I offer you a proven and unparalleled commitment to high-quality health care, first-class training and treatment skills, and an indubitable desire to continually improve the quality of life of the patients and my skills as a physician.
I have attached my resume with this application for your consideration. I am very much interested in becoming a part of your reputed establishment and hope that you would provide me with an opportunity to discuss my candidacy for the listed position further in a personal interview.
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Career Resources Editor’s Note: 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.
Writing tips and sample letters. Writing Help-Central, at www.writinghelp-central.com, provides tips for writing clear, concise cover letters and other documents. The American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (www.aafp.org) 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.
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