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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Tips for Studying On-the-Go During Med School

Stop me if this sounds familiar: To keep on track with your study plan, you’ve got 1000 Anki cards, 100 practice questions, and 10 videos to finish this week. On top of that, you’re required to be present and prepared for your clinical rotations and you have to plan your study goals around your class

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Help, My USMLE Study Plan Isn’t Working! How to Get Back on Track

If you have gotten to the point in your medical training journey to be preparing for your medical licensing exams, the USMLEs, congratulations! You are on a path that many have found immensely rewarding as well as terribly stressful. Being a medical student, you are used to exams whether it be the SAT, ACT, MCAT,

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What’s the Best Med School Study Planner?

Matriculating into medical school is an exceptional feat, and all who manage it should feel an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment. Once you enter those hallowed halls of preclinical lectures, small group sessions, physical exam essentials, and patient interactions, many students wonder one thing: “How do I succeed on Step 1 and Step 2?”

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How Long Should You Study for Step 1?

“Your Step 1 score is the most important part of your application.” For many medical students, this was the message we heard throughout our preclinical years. According to a 2021 NRMP survey, residency program directors cited USMLE Step 1 scores as the number one factor in granting an interview. Now, you may be wondering: if

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What Happens if I Fail Step 1 (Now That It’s Pass/Fail)?

Dr. Tzvi Doron, Dr. Daniel Good, and Lauryn Falcone, MD, PhD also contributed to this post. A failed Step 1 score can be completely devastating. You spent two years learning as much medical knowledge as possible and lots of valuable time and money preparing for this one big exam. Not surprisingly, many students who fail Step 1

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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Preclinicals

So, you’re starting medical school preclinicals. Those were the days! This is one of the periods of training that I look back upon fondly. On the long road of medical training, you rarely have the type of freedom you’ll find as a preclinical medical student. The sheer amount of independent study time and flexibility to

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How to Make the Best Out of Your Second Year in Med School

The second year of medical school continues your medical journey, but offers you more free time than the first year. As an MS2, you get a chance to be more involved in extracurriculars, and I encourage you to find interest groups that align with your career goals. Schools have groups dedicated to different specialties as

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Self-Care in Medical Education

Self-care is an individualized process of promoting one’s internal wellness. It  involves discovering one’s personal self-care activities, reducing stressors, maintaining realistic expectations and pursuing gratitude. We share four ways to implement self-care into busy experiences as a medical student or clinician. Many promote the same brand of self-care, which includes applying a face mask, eating

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