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Uses for a Concise Resume

University of Georgia Premedical, Pre-dental and Pre-optometry students often ask valid questions about approaching college faculty, research scientists, and physicians, dentists and optometrists for:

(1) letters of evaluation.
(2) interaction with physicians, dentists and optometrists as they interact with patients.
(3) participating in laboratory research studies.

The preparation by the student of a concise highlighted resume of background, credentials and past experiences to share with the faculty and clinicians listed above should prove quite useful. Contents can include information such as name, address, date of birth, date of graduation from high school, evidence of academic performance and extracurricular activities in high school including service to others, exposure to medical settings as with patients and their health care providers (as well as a similar posting for college academic and extracurricular activities). Evidence of positive character traits, ability, leadership (more than holding an inactive officer position), and motivation can be demonstrated.

It is likely wise to add paragraphs on:
(1) how one has reached the decision to seek to become a physician, dentist or optometrist.
(2) where, how, and why the student hopes to be involved in patient care one day at age 40 and/or later.

The credentials listed should be significant and not appear to be a list of "look what I did." Example: a student might well list his/her class rank upon graduation from high school, but would not necessarily list membership in the Beta Club and/or National Honor Society, unless such organizations generated significant community service to others, such as building Habitat for Humanity Houses or visited nursing home patients or assisted at Boys & Girls Clubs, for example.

A current college academic transcript, issued to the student and copied, plus a "well-mannered" photograph of the student can be attached to the resume.

Premedical students often seek to volunteer in hospitals and other medical (or dental or optometric) settings after participating in hospital volunteer orientations which may help satisfy some legal concerns as patient confidentiality/privacy issues and risks as exposure to patients and their potential contagious diseases (or possibly infectious bodily fluids) or their possibility of generating violent or inappropriate behavior, for example. Medical (and similar school) admission committee members may well look for evidence of such 'shadowing' of patient/doctor interactions when voting to accept a given applicant. [Evidence that the applicant has some idea of the daily (and nightly) activities of a physician in patient care and that the applicant feels comfortable with concept of her/him providing patient care one day.]

The resume, along with a letter requesting a chance to "shadow" a physician (that a student volunteer may meet in a hospital or other health care setting) can be sent to the physician to ask for the experience. If the physician knows that the student has participated in and received some orientation and training provided by the hospital and can recall a positive interaction with the student, then it is possible that the physician may be more likely to grant access to a shadowing experience with patients, if approached by postal mail, and with the materials mentioned above, and not by telephone or direct, spontaneous, face-to-face questioning. Students apply for such experiences as individuals, and not as representatives of the University of Georgia. The student and the physician are then apt to discuss the protocol for the student to observe, as well as risks to all present in a health care setting, and expectation of future activities, dress, speech, and behavior.

The UGA Premed Office is not aware of the University of Georgia collecting premiums for payment for liability insurance (nor providing such insurance) on or for students in UGA bachelor degree programs. The UGA Premedical Studies Office is not aware of any undergraduate major here that requires exposure to patients as a requirement to graduate. The UGA Premedical Studies Office does not provide training or instruction for experiences in health care settings, nor does it perform background checks in areas to document "good behavior" or positive character traits. Some health care providers might want a statement from the UGA units on campus dealing with academic dishonesty and judicial matters documenting that a particular student has not had dealings with either of these offices. The student may need to seek evidence from the UGA Registrar on the status of enrollment and academic standing.

There may be certain credentials that the student wishes the faculty member to know, but does not wish to "brag" by commenting verbally on previously generated academic and extracurricular activities The preparation of the resume, along with the transcript and the comments noted in the suggested paragraphs above, may well be received positively by the faculty member.

Such credentials can also be used, along with a letter of application, for a faculty research science position, when requesting positions in laboratories for research experiences. An additional paragraph to a research scientist should be added expressing the student's interest and reasons for selecting to participate in the work being accomplished in a specific laboratory.

It may be wise for the concise highlighted resume generated to be typed and limited in volume to the front and back of a single sheet of paper. Of course, to keep the resume current with recent activities is wise. The UGA Career Center provides information on resumes, often for students applying for employment upon graduation, and several counselors there are familiar with process for credentialing applicants for health professions schools. Please make an appointment well before the desired date that you seek the services of the Career Center counselors.