Send to: Chair of the Department AND to PID Division Chief
I am writing in response to [detail the specific job announcement]
I am writing to enquire about a potential junior faculty position at your institution.
Currently I’m a second/third year fellow at [Institution] with completion of my fellowship scheduled for [date]. Prior to coming to [Institution] for my fellowship, I received my [degree] in [field] from [college], graduated from medical school] in [date], and completed my pediatric residency at [Institution] [date]. [include any additional training, work experiences, extended travel experiences.]
While a PID fellow at [Institution], I developed an interest in [specific area] and [state any special training]. [State how you wish to pursue this as you move forward in your career and why the place you are writing to is a good place to do this].
While a PID fellow at [Institution], I enjoyed all aspects of pediatric infectious diseases [give examples of particular aspects you enjoy] [state why the place you are writing to is a good place to do this].
During my fellowship, my research project/scholarly activity focused on [state the general topic and then provide key details of what you did and the importance of the findings to you and to the world]. [Mention any research grants, awards, special recognition you have received.] My research mentor was [name] and [state how that person provided a great experience for you in doing your project]. [State if you wish to pursue this line of investigation, or another line, and why the place you are writing to is a good place to do this. Mention potential research mentors there.]
As a fellow, I particularly enjoyed [detail the enjoyable aspects of clinical care] [name some clinical challenges you conquered]. As a faculty member, I hope to [detail the clinical care activities—inpatient, outpatient, special patient populations—you seek to pursue]. [State why the place you are writing to is a good place to do this]. [State any clinical committees etc. you have been on while a fellow]
[Address any additional anticipated areas of responsibility in your future job.]
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State anything else special about you that will be of value to the leaders of the organizations you are applying to.
[Summarize your strengths and interests that should make you an outstanding faculty member.] [Itemize what you will bring to the institution, i.e. enthusiasm, excellent training, a love of teaching, fascination with the field of infectious diseases, intellectual curiosity, willingness to complete the task, ability to work in a team, both as a leader and a team member].
I look forward to your reply. [Do NOT thank the reader for his/her time].
My best regards,