The CV – Section IV: Service

This is the next part in a series of posts on editing, styling, and formatting curriculum vitae.

This week, we’re covering the last section of the CCOM CV: Service. Next week, I’ll have some final thoughts and general tips for faculty CVs. Another CV sample is provided with some examples of each type of listing in this section.

Section A, Memberships in Professional Organizations, should start with a subsection of general memberships, then a list of any offices held in these organizations. Note on the left the year you were granted membership, along with an end year if that membership has ended. Leave an open-ended hyphen after the start year if you’re still a member (no need to note “current.”) Then note the name of the organization in full. Don’t use an abbreviation.

There’s no need to note “member” with each listing of a standard or full membership, but be sure to note any higher level membership, such as Fellow.

In the next subsection, list any formal offices or positions held in professional organizations. These would include all formal roles such as president, section chair, treasurer, etc.

Editorships are any editor roles at journals, textbooks, practice guidelines, or any other academic publications, whether in print or online.

The subheading “Review panels” can be a bit confusing. This is where I distinguish faculty CVs between “Reviewerships” for journal manuscript reviewer roles, and “Review Panels” for formal activities in reviewing other documents, such as grants or conference abstracts.

The Committees section is another one that subcategorized, depending on the number of committees to list. As noted on the template, it’s sometimes helpful when you have numerous listings to note subsections for committee roles grouped by department, hospital, university, college, and beyond. Be sure to note separately leadership roles on any committees as well.

Relevant Community Involvement might include volunteer activities related to your field of expertise or professional interests, or philanthropic activities. Examples would be leading a team or participating in activities such as the annual Doc Dash or UI Dance Marathon, volunteering physician duties at a community medical clinic, or volunteer assistance in other states or countries.

Finally, in Section B, list clinic assignments since last promotion with time devoted to each; e.g., days per week. I also tend to advise faculty with changing clinical assignments to keep track of these details permanently—list clinical assignments by year(s), even when no longer active, just to keep a handy record.

I’ll wrap up this CV series next week with some final, general thoughts. As always, please feel free to contact me with any CV questions, at

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