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When crafting the 'leadership and extracurricular achievements' section of your PMCV resume, it’s common for final-year students to encounter challenges. Understanding what to include, how to format it, and the level of detail required can feel overwhelming. Fear not —here’s a structured approach to help you navigate these questions effectively and showcase your unique capabilities.

What to include:

This section is your opportunity to shine outside of your academic achievements. You have the freedom to express your personality and give potential employers insight into who you are beyond being a medical student. Consider including:

  • Leadership roles: Academic, non-academic, community, or professional.
  • Teaching and mentoring: Both formal and informal roles.
  • Other roles: This could be entrepreneurial activities, involvement in sports, cultural, artistic, or business endeavors, and social enterprises.
  • Professional development: Non-academic courses, certifications, accreditations, or conferences.
  • Extracurricular involvement: Any notable participation in sports, music, community projects, or other areas.

Organising the content:

First, gather all potential content and categorise it into subgroups such as leadership roles, professional development, etc. Organising content into these subgroups helps in maintaining a clean, structured resume layout. Here are some steps to consider:

  1. Use subheadings: Clearly separate different categories using subheadings. This makes your resume easier to scan and allows readers to quickly grasp your diverse experiences.
  2. Reverse chronological order: List your experiences from most recent to oldest, providing context and showing your growth over time.
  3. Highlight achievements: Under each role, list one or two key achievements. This not only outlines what you have accomplished but also the impact of your involvement.

Formatting tips:

  • Bold and merge rows for subheadings: Make subheadings stand out by bolding them and possibly shading the row.
  • Detail each role separately: Assign each role its own row to keep the resume neat and organised.

Example for clarity:

(Role Title) - (Location) | (Dates) Achievements:

Managed a team of X, achieving Y.

Developed Z initiative, enhancing [specific outcome].

What this might look like in the final version:


While these formatting tips are geared towards Word or PDF versions of your resume, it's important to note that when uploading to the PMCV APS online form, the original formatting won't carry over. However, the organisational structure suggested here remains crucial and should be adhered to, even in the online form.

This section of your resume is a powerful tool to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Use it wisely to reflect your individuality, skills, and the value you can bring to a potential employer. Good luck!