A Curriculum vitae, or CV, is an overview of your life’s accomplishments, specifically those that are relevant to your academic career.

The CV is a living document which also reflects new developments in your career and thus should be updated frequently.The CV is a critical document in the reappointment and promotion review process.

Senior division faculty, A&P Committees in the department and school, and the provost’s office give significant consideration to the CV in the promotional evaluation process. If information is missing or inaccurate, a recommendation for promotion may not occur.

You are responsible for ensuring that all details on the CV are current and accurate (i.e. dates of appointments, appointment titles, activities, bibliographic information) and that you have submitted an updated CV each year to your division.

School of Medicine CV format

As a faculty member in the School of Medicine, you are required to construct your CV in the format established by the School of Medicine. Current CVs are submitted each year to the division and department, usually in January/February.

Tips for preparing your CV

Clinician/Teachers: emphasize teaching and program development

Physician/Scientists: provide details on grant funding (similar to biosketch format)


  • Use the SOM CV format
  • Look at a sample CV if you have questions
  • Present information in chronological order (oldest to newest)
  • Put your name in all caps and in bold (1 -2 font sizes larger than the rest of the CV)
  • Use a simple, easy-to-read font, such as Times New Roman or Arial 12 point, with 1 inch margins
  • Put current date in upper right corner of first page
  • Do not include high school - unless you had a significant achievement, i.e. at a national level
  • Do not include social security number
  • Consider eliminating CV “relics”  such as marital status, spouse name, children’s names and birthdates
  • Paginate – your name and page number should be on bottom of each page
  • Avoid acronyms such as UWMC – instead it should be University of Washington Medical Center
  • Indicate type of publication in brackets at end of each reference in the bibliography (e.g., [original work], [review], [collaboration], etc.)
  • Double check all information
  • Ask others to review it
  • Print out one copy to ensure that headings are not left hanging
  • Keep old copies