Medical Officer Resume & Writing Guide

The first thing you must have is your best, interview- acquiring resume ready to go with any new job. For being a medical officer, this rule is no exception. Our guide to creating the perfect resume for a Medical Officer job will have you answering calls faster than it takes you to fill out a prescription.

Right, let's get stuck into it. Below is our guideline on how to create a Medical Officer Resume.

21 Medical Officer Resume Examples

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Medical Officer Resume Writing Guide

Resume Sections

  1. Contact information
  2. Profile Summary
  3. Work History
  4. Achievements
  5. Education
  6. Skill Section
  7. Certification & Licensing
  8. Extras: Languages/Awards/Publications/Volunteering/hobbies
  9. > Professional information

1. Contact information

  • First Name and Last Name
  • Email
  • Physical Address
  • Telephone number
  • LinkedIn Profile

What to Highlight in a Medical Officer Resume

Typically, resumes are quite short, being only a page or two long at most. This means you'll have to be super concise and only provide the most relevant info applicable to the job (skills, experience, qualifications, etc.)

There are particular features you should highlight in your resume:

The first thing is providing clarity about your work setting. There are many environments you can work in, from private practices to academic environments to large hospitals. Don't make the recruiter guess.

  • Hospitals

This is the most obvious opportunity right here, and the possibilities are endless! Explain where in the hospital you gained your experience.

  • Emergency Departments

This is the environment for the people who thrive in fast-paced, adrenaline-soaked settings. It's a high risk, high reward, and if you've worked in an emergency department, remember to include your skills for keeping calm in your soft skills section later on.

  • Rural Health Care Facilities

These facilities are typically the only access to healthcare for rural communities for miles around. Simply because not many people enjoy being in the middle of nowhere, these job posts don't get much attention. If you're willing to apply for jobs like this, it will increase your chances of landing a job in a big way. If you've worked in this environment before, be sure to list everything you've had to do to treat people, even in the face of minimal supplies, in your accomplishment sections later.

Another thing to highlight is if you've specialized in anything, for example, PA, pediatrics, family practice, or surgical subspecialties such as trauma or plastic surgery.

Explaining how you have created long-lasting and positive relationships with your patients would be a clever thing to do. A great way to show these skills would be to include them in a soft skills matrix in your skills section, which we'll explain later.

This industry is vast! The demand is growing, but so is the competition. So, highlighting your work experience, your job duties, accomplishments in your previous jobs, your education, and your skills will help you to stand out from the other candidates lining up for the same job!

The worst part is that you have a grand total of 7 seconds to get the recruiter to read your resume more thoroughly. Yup, on average, it takes them shorter to scan your resume than it takes your patient to tell you where the pain is.

Below is a list of how to format your resume correctly so the recruiter will want to read all about you:

  • Your contact info must be correct from the beginning. Believe us when we say that people still get this wrong, so please don't be that person that screws up their email/ number.
  • Side note, make sure your social media platforms are professional. People will check you out in this industry, and not always in the sexy doctor way, so keep it clean.
  • You should use the reverse-chronological format for your resume. It's professional, easy to read, and puts all your relevant stuff first. It's also picked up easily by the Applicant Tracking Systems used by recruiters.
  • Keep your font simple, professional, and easy to read.
  • Unless stated otherwise on the job advert, save your resume as a PDF. It's more compatible across all devices.

Resume Summary & Objective

If you think you as a medical officer are busy, then spare a thought for the hospital administrator. That poor person must go through all resumes on top of their usual workload. As a result, they don't read resumes. They skim through them.

The best way to grab their attention from the beginning and make them want to spend extra time on your resume is by writing a smashing resume summary/ objective.

This is a small paragraph at the beginning of your resume of about 4- 6 sentences long. It highlights your work experience, best skills, accomplishments, and education in a very concise manner.

If the recruiter likes what they read in your summary/ objective, they may want to spend more time reading more thoroughly through your resume. So, make sure your sentences are punchy, and the words you use have the “wow” factor to impress them so hard they'll go to bed thinking about you!

When you write your summary/ objective, read through the job advert. You'd be wise to use the same keywords and phrases from the advert in your summary.

But now you're thinking, “Which one must I do?”

It goes like this: if you have more than a few years of experience in the game, write up a summary. Describe yourself in a punchy way, followed by your years of experience. Then provide your best skill or two and an accomplishment, ending with your highest level of education.

If you're new to the game, having just graduated, or only have a year or so under the belt, an objective statement will be better for you. For the objective, describe yourself in the same way as the summary, followed by your career aspirations, skills, college achievements, and education. Below are some examples we have given you to see what we are talking about:


Medical Officer Summary 1

Proficient and esteemed Medical Officer with 15+ years' medical and academic experience. Recognized aptitude for training and instructing students of every level in academic and medical settings, with a 94% satisfaction level in each. Medical Officer of the month five months in a row by patients at Hartley Medical. Looking to apply medical skills and expertise at 1Care.

Medical Officer Summary 2

Flexible, patient-focused Medical Officer with 7+ years experience in family medicine. Excellent at collaborating with Physicians to ensure the facilitation of patients' recovery. Presently studying for a doctorate in Pediatric Medicine.

Medical Officer Summary 3

Highly skilled Medical Officer with 11+ years' experience delivering care in high-end practices. Expert and friendly, patients and Medical Officers alike enjoy working with. Experienced in medicine, dentistry, and Psychology, and utilizes broad knowledge and skills to help all ages. Brilliant with teamwork and always striving to guarantee patients are as relaxed and comfortable as possible.

Medical Officer Summary 4

Driven and patient-focused medical graduate applying for a residency position. Skilled in diagnostics, documentation, and HIPAA compliance. Exceptional work ethic and time management skills. Looking to apply skills and develop them further by working in a recognized hospital. Made Dean's List.

Employment History

Medical Officers, also called Chief Medical Officers, are physicians usually in charge of hospitals. Medical Officers advise on health problems, illness control. They deliver medical support, uncover, and investigate medical inconsistencies. They can also get work managing clinical programs and trials to help recruiter participants for these trials.

This section plays a massive part in determining your success in landing that job you want! A great job description will stick in the minds of the recruiter! A bad one will see your resume gathering dust like all the hundreds of pens they get from medical sales reps.

This is how we suggest you lay it down:

  • Use reverse-chronological order and begin with your most recent work. Follow it up with your prior positions.
  • Provide the job title, company name, dates you worked there, and max six bullets highlighting your medical responsibilities and accomplishments.
  • Packing your job description full of action verbs will help a lot.  
  • Quantify when you can. It highlights your worth.
  • Tailor every resume you send out to match the requests from the job ads. Only highlight what's applicable.


Medical Officer at Lowely Medical

(Dec 2018- Dec 2022)

Performed diagnostics and patient examinations as well as planned healthcare therapies and treatment plans.

  • Supervised and upheld 60+ patients a day with an 89% patient satisfaction rate.
  • Added to a 40% increase in recorded and analyzed rare bacteria and virus strains statewide.
  • Assisted increase in profits by $60K by renegotiating deals with pharmaceutical and insurance companies.

Medical Officer at Pearl Health Clinic

(Sept 2019- Dec 2022)

Medical Officer in an esteemed regional medical hospital. Delivered tailored service to amplify patient outcomes and satisfaction.

  • Referred patients to specialists when the situation demanded it, resulting in a 45% decrease in costs of unnecessary referrals.  
  • Advising patients on self-care and lifestyle changes to improve quality of life led to a 19% drop in patients with recurring cases.
  • Prescribed medication and treatments to treat diagnosed and recorded conditions.

Job Descriptions and Examples

In this field, you'll need a comprehensive set of skills. It includes hard skills, admin skills, and soft skills. Utilize the keywords from the job advert in this section to guarantee the best chance of winning that interview. Below is a list of a few Medical Officer job duties you may use as-is, or tailor to suit whatever your resume needs:  

Medical Officer Job Description:

  • Liable for the clinic's daily work, treating prevalent illnesses for staff, and decreasing staff time was attending a Medical Officer during work hours.
  • Providing emergency treatment for employees injured on the job and staff that accidentally contract illnesses, escorting them to the hospital until they receive standard treatment.  
  • Providing staff with precautionary examinations against prevalent illnesses.
  • Examining and approving staff's specific illness treatment when/ which is over a particular cost amount.
  • Drawing up sick retirement suggestion forms for staff.
  • Examining employees' compensation invoices after seeing a Medical Officer outside.
  • Drafting plans for the clinic's purchasing of medicine.
  • Accountable for creating employees' healthy archives.
  • Collaborating with and appreciating colleagues to surpass the sum of individual performance and build a positive working culture.
  • Supervising, as allocated, medical services staff includes the obligation for work assignments, staffing, training, and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting with planning and developing cost-effective procedures and programs for endorsing overall health maintenance and administering health services.
  • Responding to an array of work situations.
  • Complying with quality reassurance for all medical matters and assisting in solving all medical complications.
  • Communicating and working with medical staff to guarantee coordinated efforts in providing high-quality medical treatment and client service.
  • Performing Medical Response Team Leader duties.
  • Handling every piece of Medical Equipment correctly, including Ambulance Buggy, and its maintenance, ensuring it all functions correctly.
  • Maintaining standard levels of medications stock/ first aid supplies, which includes restocking island First Aid kits.
  • The Resort's Medical Officer will comply with “Guest Medical Consultation” to create and post medical bills and costs for guests.
  • Assisting in planning training courses on anatomy and physiology for interns and apprentices.
  • Providing advice on medical care, which includes vaccinations for those people traveling overseas.  


Hiring managers seldom have the time to read every resume from top to bottom, giving them a reason to read yours by hooking them with the right stuff!

In this section, accomplishment statements serve as proof of your skills in action. It gives the recruiters an objective measure of your proficiency. The key to a killer accomplishment statement is quantification. Giving number values like timeframes, volumes, ranking, frequencies, scores, and percentages provides the means for measurement and will improve your chances of receiving that interview call.

It seems daunting but doesn't worry. Begin with writing down all your accomplishments, recommendations, contributions, and patient reviews from previous jobs that make you most proud. Then pick out the best 5-6 of them to include in your resume.

The questions below will help you get started:

  • On average, how many patients did you see daily?
  • How long do your procedures last?
  • What number of claims are accepted and paid out monthly?
  • Are you a professional at certain procedures? If so, how many have you done, and what was the success rate?

First, what NOT to do:

  • Played a part in boosting HCAHPS scores due to efficient communication between administrative and nursing staff.
  • Aided with reducing expenses for staffing and supplies thanks to using of lean medical principles.
  • Sustained an exceptional success rate for patients' goal attainment as measured by yearly follow-up surveys.
  • Worked together with nurses and admin staff to cut hours spent on paperwork.

Now, look at how these statements are boosted with metrics:

  • Played a part in boosting HCAHPS scores by 27% due to efficient communication between administrative and nursing staff.
  • Aided with reducing expenses for staffing and supplies by 19% thanks to using lean medical principles.
  • Sustained an exceptional success rate of 88% for patients' goal attainment as measured by yearly follow-up surveys.
  • Worked together with nurses and admin staff to cut hours spent on paperwork by 7 hours a week.


You busted your ass working like a demon to get this medical degree, so please don't waste it now because you didn't write it down properly! That would be like using one of the hospital's Medtronic Bennett ventilators to fill birthday balloons.

In reverse-chronological order, provide a detailed account of all your academics, including any academic achievements. If you have more than three years of working experience, give only your degree details, not your school details. If you've only just graduated, you may provide your school details and GPA, but only if it's higher than 3.5.

The accepted layout is like this: dates you studied, degree's full name, institution's full name, and the location of your institution.

Examples below:

2011- 2013 Residency in Department of Pathology. Keck School of Medicine, Miami University, Miami, CA.

2011- 2017 Medical Officer of Medicine. Keck School of Medicine, Miami University, Miami, CA.

2016- 2018 B.Sc. in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. Keck School of Medicine, Miami University, Miami, CA.

Relevant Coursework: Contemporary Issues in Health Care Delivery, Clinical Pharmacology, Research Writing for Health Professionals, Population Health, and Principles and Practices of Clinical Prevention.


The most important thing you can do here is to read the job ad and match the skills they are looking for to the skills you include in this section. The computer programs that weed out the first couple rounds of resumes trash those without these keywords.

Your hard/ technical skills are important, but since you're working with people all day, your soft skills must be outstanding as well! These are your personality traits and interpersonal skills. You can separate them into their own skills matrix as shown below:

Technical skills

Family MedicineInternal MedicineDifferential Diagnosis
Critical CareAnesthesia

Soft Skills

Leadership SkillsCommunication SkillsTime Management
CompassionWork EthicActive Listening
Business-MindedTime ManagementEfficient

Just make sure that you've sprinkled your skills throughout the whole resume, particularly in your experience section and your accomplishment statements. It just reinforces your proficiency and makes you look more professional.

Qualifications/Certifications associated with Medical Officers

Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) ExamNational Entry Level Medical Officer (NELDA)Impressions (IM) Exam
Certified Orthodontic Assistant (COA)Certified Preventive Functions Medical Officer (CPFDA)Orthodontic Assisting (OA) Exam
NCCPA Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) — Cardiovascular & Thoracic SurgeryInfection Control (ICE) ExamTemporaries (TMP) Exam
NCCPA Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) — Orthopaedic SurgeryAssociates Degree in Pharmaceutical TechnologiesCertified Medical Officer
NCCPA Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) — Emergency MedicineAmerican Academy of Medical Officers (AAPA)APTA

Optional Extras for Medical Officer Resumes

We suggest you use this section to show the recruiters the kind of human being you are. It helps them hire you if they have a better sense of who you are if you're nice to work with.

Add extras like:

Volunteer Work– if you've done some pro bono type work, it's a great option to list it as it looks good and helps to beef up a resume that's a little green.

Second Languages on a Resume– speaking another language will grab the recruiters' attention, particularly if the patients in their hospital/ area speak that language.

Conferences or Publications– If you've given talks, been to conferences, or written research papers, then list them all here. It's another great way to list your badass medical skills.

Memberships in Professional Organizations– providing which association you're with shows the recruiters you're a great choice as it puts their minds at ease about many legally related requirements. Some examples include:

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society of Internal Medicine
  • National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • College of American Pathologists

Professional Information of Medical Officers

Sectors: Medical, Dental, Cosmetic, Healthcare, Clinical, Surgical
Career Type:  Professional Care, Specialized Care, General Care, Post Op Recovery, Preventative Care, Health Education, Assistant, Healthcare Worker,
Person Type: Doctor, Surgeon, First Responder, Medical Advisor, Professional
Education Levels: Certified Medical Practitioner Status and upwards
Salary Indication: $ 173 166 per annum on average (ZipRecruiter)
Labor market: 32% growth expected between 2019 – 2029 (BLS)
Organizations: Hospitals, Private Practices, Medical Facilities, Corporate, Old Age Homes, School Clinics, Military, Schools, Public Health Care Educational Institutions, NPO's, Government, Nursing Homes, Step Down Facilities, Hospices, Volunteer Organizations, Community Facilities

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