Medical School Cover Letter Template

Sample Medical Cover Letter and Resume

Notice how this writer highlights her volunteer experience in her documents. Although she wasn't paid for doing these things, nevertheless, she developed skills in these situations that are relevant to the position she seeks. Her resume itself is organized more like a functional resume than a skills resume, since volunteer experience is substituted for paid experience. Thus, she has included the word "volunteer" in the subheading describing her experience. Also notice how the writer has included more than just her university coursework in her education segment.

554 Essen Ln.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809

December 1, 1999

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
Associate Member and Director
Professional Oncology Education Program
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
332 North Lauderdale, Room C-1113A
Memphis, TN 38105-2794

Dear Ms. Gronemeyer:

I am writing you in order to attain an internship at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Professional Oncology Education Program, at the suggestion of Spencer Hebert.  My interest in research and the medical field prompted my desire to attain this position.

Currently, I am attending Louisiana State University and will be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in human movement in May of 2001.  My GPA is 3.8 in my major on a 4.0 scale.

Before attending college, I volunteered at St. Charles Nursing Home helping the elderly in eating, playing games, and talking to them  At Thanksgiving, I was cooking dinners for the homeless in St. Charles Parish.  At my high school I volunteer at the front desk doing daily check-in and check-out procedures and tracking attendance for 1,500 students. In marching band I was a section leader for a clarinet section consisting of 70 people.  I also was a Fellowship of Christian Athlete huddle leader.  While attending college, I have volunteered at various Physical Therapy clinics working and observing children with Cerebral Palsy.  In addition, I was doing laundry, organizing and copying files, and communicating with patients with various injures.  I also have done research in a laboratory for 4 different classes.  I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority where I hold the office of Service Chair.  At Louisiana State University I am maintaining a high GPA in my major through my time management skills. I feel through my volunteer and lab experience that I will be a great asset to your program.  I would like to gain the necessary experience to be able to sell myself to prospective employers upon my graduation from graduate school.  This whole paragraph just sounds like a stream of consciousness list of everything you can think of.  Go back and revise this, and do more to show how these things match the job  requirements.

I would like to schedule an interview with you at your earliest convenience.  Please contact me at (225) 555-0329 or e-mail me at

Sincerely,
 
 

Karen Black
 


 Karen Black
554 Essen Ln.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
(225) 555-0329

Career Objective:
An internship with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the Professional Oncology Education Program.

Education:
� Louisiana State University:  Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology , concentration in human movement, May 2001
� GPA in major 3.8/4.0
� Relevant courses:
          Biology for Science Majors/Lab                  Basic Chemistry/Lab
          Introductory Zoology /Lab                          General Physics/Lab
          Human Physiology                                        Elementary Latin
          Anatomy                                                         Public Speaking

CPR certification 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Volunteer Experience:
    June 1999  to present
    Baton Rouge Physical Therapy
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      --did laundry, organized and copied files, communicated with patients

     January 1999 to June 1999
      Children Development Center
      Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      Worked with children with Cerebral Palsy

    August 1996 to May 1997
      Hahnville High School
      Paradis, Louisiana
      Recorded attendance for 1,500 students

Honors and Activities:
� Zeta Tau Alpha sorority Service Chair
    -Helped host Race for the Cure (5K run/walk)
� Received the TOPS (Tuition Opportunity Program) Scholarship
� Fellowship Christian Athlete huddle leader
� Marching band clarinet section leader (responsible for 70 people)

 

Once you have completed your training to become a medical assistant, it is time to find your dream job. Although most areas have an abundance of open positions, there can be very stiff competition for the best jobs. To give yourself an edge over other applicants, it is vital that you have an impeccable resume and cover letter. If your submission does not immediately grab the attention of human resource officers, there is little chance that they will take the time to read about your qualifications. Here are some tips, resources, and examples to help you create a cover letter and resume that will command attention.

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Tips for Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

Your cover letter is the heart of your resume. According to a nationwide survey, over 75% of hiring managers state that the cover letter is more important than the resume itself. Your cover letter should be specifically written to address the needs of the employer to which you are applying. The qualities and skills needed in a podiatrist’s office are much different than those needed in a cardiologist’s office. Be sure you relate your skills in a way that shows that you can meet the needs of each specific employer. Here are some more tips for writing a cover letter than commands attention:

  • Build a strong introduction. Do not fall into the trap of creating a lengthy introduction. In all likelihood, a hiring manager will never make it past a rambling intro and will simply toss the resume aside. Instead, write a succinct introduction that includes your name, education, certifications, and experience as well as the position for which you are applying.
  • Create a list. Lists provide a powerful way of drawing the eye and keeping attention. Consider your strongest skills and qualifications and include them in list format immediately following the introduction.
  • Make yourself accessible. Of course you know to include your contact information. However, many people do not include enough information to make it easy for potential employers to contact them. Include your contact information in your closing paragraph and include a phone number and email address at minimum with the best times to reach you.
  • Close gracefully. End your cover letter by thanking the reader for his or her time and expressing the hope that you will be in touch with them soon.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread – Even the most finely crafted cover letter can be destroyed by careless grammar and spelling mistakes. Once you finish your letter, read over it several times for wording, flow, spelling, and grammar. If you have trusted friends or family members, have a couple of them to read over it as well. By making sure you have not overlooked any mistakes, you can avoid the embarrassment of appearing incompetent to hiring managers.

Sample Medical Assistant Cover Letter

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[Your Full Name]

[Address]

[Date]

Dear [Name]:

I am pleased to submit my resume for consideration for the Medical Assistant position at Wyatt Clinic. I feel that my Medical Assistant Certification from Henry University has fully prepared me to meet the challenges involved in meeting the clinic’s mission and standard of care.

As indicated through the enclosed resume, my training at Henry University has provided me with an extensive set of skills and training on cutting-edge medical equipment. I am well-trained in:

  • Administering injections
  • Taking patient histories and vital signs
  • Recording EKGs
  • Assisting in minor surgical procedures
  • Medical office accounting
  • Charting and documentation
  • Insurance billing
  • Patient scheduling
  • Medical coding

In addition to my theoretical training, I completed an externship with the prestigious Moore Hospital that allowed me to apply my knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.

As a fresh and passionate Medical Assistant, I would be appreciative for a chance to discuss in person how my education, experience, and skills would be an asset to Wyatt Clinic. You may contact me at (555)555-5555 or through email at (ireallyneedthisjob@seriously.com) to plan a meeting time that will best fit your schedule. I will contact you by phone to follow-up on this application next week. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

(Signature)

[Your Name]


Medical Assistant Cover Letter Resources

The above example is just one way to write an impressive cover letter. There are many effective ways to stand out from the crowd and get the interview you really need. If you are looking for additional ideas and sample letters, check out Job Search Jimmy, Chron, and Job Bank USA. You can also find some great tips and expert advice for customizing your cover letter to meet your needs at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab, Monster, and Creighton University.

Tips for Writing the Perfect Resume

Once you have caught the hiring manager’s attention with your cover letter, you must reel them in with your resume. Since medical assisting is such a skill-oriented profession, you must make sure that your resume highlights your skills and how they will make you a valuable employee. Here are tips for writing a medical assistant resume that will get you that interview:

  • Make sure your contact information is highly visible. At the very top of your resume, make sure to list your name, address, phone number, and email address. For the best impact, use a larger font and boldface. You can also center your name on the top of the resume to grab attention and to make your resume memorable.
  • Tailor your resume to the company. Take the time to research the organization to which you are applying. Find the ways that your values, ideas, and skills match those of the company and the open position. Make sure to use keywords that are important to the company when describing your qualifications to emphasize what a good match you are for the organization.
  • Create a solid objective. Start your resume with a solidly written objective that shows your medical knowledge and that clearly states your goals for employment. For example, “I wish to use my skills and knowledge of administrative procedures and direct patient knowledge to provide excellent patient care and support” is more effective than “I would like a position as a medical assistant in your clinic.”
  • Emphasize both clinical and administrative skills. Since you will be expected to perform a variety of tasks effectively, break down clinical and administrative skills into separate categories. Be sure to use action language in describing your knowledge.
  • List experience, education, and credentials. Include information about where and when you completed your training as well as any externship and other experience you have in the field. Highlight credentials such as Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Phlebotomist, and more.
  • Give the contact information for 2-3 solid professional references. If available, include references from healthcare facilities. You may also use past instructors and references from volunteer work you have completed within the field.

Sample Medical Assistant Resume

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[Your Full Name]

[Address]

[Date]

[Phone + Email if applicable]

Objective

Seeking a position as a medical assistant in a clinic where I can use my skills, knowledge, and experience to provide excellent, compassionate family healthcare.

Certifications

  • CPR certified, expires December 10, 2013
  • Certified Medical Assistant from the American Association of Medical Assistants, May 2012
  • Registered Phlebotomy Technician, July 2012

Administrative Skills

  • HIPAA Certificate
  • Medical Terminology
  • Filing Charts
  • Insurance Billing
  • Medical Coding
  • Customer Service
  • Telephone Reception
  • Powepoint, Word, and Excel
  • Inventory Management

Clinical Skills

  • CPR Certified
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Instrument Sterilization
  • Phlebotomy
  • Vital Signs
  • Taking EKGs
  • Patient Care
  • Urinalysis
  • Surgical Set-Up
  • Autoclaving
  • Limited Scope X-Ray

Education

  • Diploma in Medical Assisting from Henry University, March 2012
  • Graduated from Martinville High School, May 2011

Experience

Moore Hospital (Martinville, NY), Externship (January 2013 – March 2013)

Responsible for insurance filing. Took blood samples and recorded vital signs from patients. Assisted in minor surgical procedures. Expedited stocking of supplies.

References

  • Martin Long – Personnel Supervisor, Moore Hospital – 555-555-5555
  • Dr. Anita Reynolds – Chief of Surgery, Moore Hospital – 555-555-5555
  • Dr. Neal Roberts – Department Head, Henry University – 555-555-5555

Medical Assistant Resume Resources

Your resume will be as unique as you are and will change depending upon the employer and the type of position for which you are applying. Luckily, there are many excellent samples and resources available to help you craft the perfect professional resume. For tips on creating a strong resume, visit HealthCare Crossing, and Daily Rosetta. You can also view some excellent sample resumes at sites like Monster, Career Igniter, and Career Center.

It is true that you only get one chance to make a first impression. When you are trying to land your dream medical assisting job, your resume and cover letter are your best chance for getting the attention of the hiring manager and for making yourself attractive as a potential hire. By following these tips and examples, you can create an application packet that will command attention and that will open doors of opportunity to you.

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