Cover Letter Health Informatics

Mr. Oren Davidson
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, NY

Dear Mr. Davidson,

I am writing to express my interest in the summer internship position within the Support Services and Patient Centered Care Department at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. I am currently a first year student at the Yale School of Public Health concentrating in Health Management. As part of my program, I have completed core public health courses as well as Accounting, Sourcing and Managing Funds, and Operations at the Yale School of Management.

My goal upon graduation next spring is to secure a fellowship in hospital administration. I believe that a summer internship at New York-Presbyterian will be invaluable in helping me develop a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics that drive the financing and delivery of care in a large academic medical center.

Prior to enrolling in graduate school, I worked for three years as the Director of Meeting Planning for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. This position provided me with the opportunity to collaborate with doctors, allied health professionals and patients in developing educational programs that raised awareness about PH with the goal of earlier diagnosis, better disease management and improved patient prognosis. My experience in aligning the motivations of various stakeholders and executing projects in high-stress situations has helped me to foster a strong skill set that will translate well in a hospital operations role. I am eager to apply the lessons I’ve learned in project management to improving clinical quality and the patient experience within the hospital delivery system. 

I believe that the combination of my academic and professional experiences has provided me with the organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills that will enable me to make a significant contribution to the Support Services and Patient Centered Care Department at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Enclosed please find a copy of my resume, which provides additional information on my background and work experience. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Beth Gerardi

Tips for Writing an Effective Cover Letter

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by Erin Kennedy in Featured, Resumes and Letters

Why are cover letters so difficult for people? What makes a good cover letter, and how can you get yours to stand out?

Cover letters can be fun to write. There really aren’t many ‘rules’ to writing them so you can let your personality shine through. They allow you to positively present your skills, accomplishments, and credentials in a way that will encourage the reader to want to read even more about you (and then move on to the resume).

Here are some easy tips to remember when writing your cover letter:

  • Make sure you state your intention. In other words, what is the job you are applying for? Clearly state it. Don’t make the reader guess. You could say something like, “…and this is why my qualifications make me a perfect match for the Clinical Informatics position.”
  • Showcase your top achievements. Don’t repeat everything you wrote in the resume, just summarize some of your top accomplishments. Wow them with what you have done.
  • Don’t forget your relevant skills or qualifications. Let the reader know what you excel at, what you are capable of, and what your brand is (what you are known for). This is a great place to talk about any extra credentials or training you’ve had that relate to the position.
  • Write toward the position you are applying for. When preparing the cover letter, keep in mind the requirements of the position and add your qualifications that match them.
  • Tell them why you like their company. This is your first attempt to woo the company, so tell them what you like about them. Is it the reputation, products/services, company culture? Let them know why you chose them (“I really need a job” doesn’t work here). “I’ve been following SmithHealth’s rapid growth and expansion for some time and am excited to be considered for the Clinical Implementation Specialist position”
  • Remember, you are NOT writing your autobiography. Keep it short, simple and factual. You don’t need to go into why your old didn’t work out, “…my boss had unrealistic expectations of the staff, so I decided to check out my options…” Don’t air your dirty laundry or obvious dislike of your most recent employer. Keep it professional.
  • Go through and double check the entire document for accuracy, errors, and syntax. You don’t want to miss a great opportunity because you wrote, “Dear Hiring Manger”.

You may even want to save that cover letter, copy and paste it onto a new document, and tweak it for another type of position you may be interested in.  I encourage clients to have several “focused” cover letters for different positions they might have in mind. This way, if an opportunity presents itself, you are ready!

Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.

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