This is used to express interest in a position. It can initially be drafted as a general letter and adjustments can be made depending on the specific institution to which it is being sent.
A formal cover letter is a must when you are initially inquiring about a position opening. This can be included in the body of an email or as a separate attachment with your CV.
Length: About three short paragraphs indicating your interest in the position and a little about yourself and your practice interests (i.e., Neuro, MSK, pain, EDX, inpatient/outpatient, etc.).
It should be clear, concise, and fit on one page.
See also: NEJM Career Center—Cover Letters
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