Blueprint Med School Blog (formerly Cram Fighter & Med School Tutors)

The blog for Blueprint Medical, supporting your MedEd journey with our exam study planner, tutoring, residency consulting, and advanced boards.

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How to Study For Shelf Exams: A Tutor’s Guide

As you progress through medical school and the structure of your educational curriculum evolves, how you learn will also change. The most dramatic transition happens when you start your clinical rotations. In the process, you move from classroom-based or online learning with content developed by your medical school (e.g., lectures, online modules, and labs) to

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The Ultimate ICU Patient Presentation Template for Med Students

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is quite a unique environment in the hospital, one where seconds and minutes can mean the difference between life and death. If you’re on an ICU rotation, it may feel overwhelming. While you can typically help in some bedside procedures like placing an arterial line, one way to really shine

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The Ultimate Patient Case Presentation Template for Med Students

Knowing how to deliver a patient presentation is one of the most important skills to learn on your journey to becoming a physician. After all, when you’re on a medical team, you’ll need to convey all the critical information about a patient in an organized manner without any gaps in knowledge transfer. One big caveat:

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Quiz: Which “Scrubs” Character Are You in Your Clinical Rotations?

Scrubs is consistently described as the most accurate (and fun) medical show out there. If you’re a fan of the series, then kick back and take this quiz to find out which character you mirror the most during your clinical rotations! Looking for help studying for shelf exams during your rotations? Meet the combined Step 2

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7 Tips to Help You Avoid Fainting in the OR

I was very excited for my first day in an operating room, but woefully unprepared for what to expect. Part of that was not understanding the flow of an OR and worrying I would embarrass myself in the unfamiliar environment. (For a run down on what to expect, I recommend you read my last article

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Scrub Up: Tips for Your First Time in the OR

Scrub up! If these words strike fear into your heart, you’re in good company. For most medical students, the first time they enter an operating room (OR) is during third-year clerkships. Nothing will quite prepare you for that moment, but some familiarity with the different roles, order of operations, etiquette, and expectations for medical students

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How I Balanced My Clinical Rotations with Shelf Exam Studying

During my third year of medical school, the first half of my general surgery clerkship was spent on the hepatobiliary and transplant surgery service. One day, as we were completing the running subcuticular stitch on skin after a Whipple procedure, the fellow looked up at me and asked, “Are you interested in going on a

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Transition from M2 to M3: Learning from Books to Learning from Patients

When I was preparing for USMLE Step 1, I distinctly remember my anxiety building as the exam approached. This anxiety, though unpleasant, was met and balanced by another powerful emotion: excitement. I was excited by the prospect of finally putting the exam in my rearview mirror, and by the idea that, once it was over

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