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 Explain Educational Gaps on Your Residency Application

Educational gaps for medical students are often periods of time during their training when they take a break from formal studies to engage in other forms of learning or take on new professional activities. Occasionally, there may be a hiccup in their trajectory and they need time off to address personal issues. Breaks can offer

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Navigating the ERAS Residency Application: The Ultimate Guide

Dr. Annette Gawron, Dr. Brian Radvansky, and Dr. Michael Stephens contributed to this article. Can you believe it? It’s already that time of the year. ERAS residency applications are just around the corner! Soon, thousands of medical students from across the country and around the globe will submit applications seeking PGY-1 residency positions for the

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What to Know About the New ERAS Program Signaling Feature

The new “MyERAS” program signaling has been designed to streamline and enhance the residency application process, providing a more efficient way for aspiring medical professionals to signal their interest and intent to residency programs. This implementation has been very beneficial, as there are more medical school graduates and residency applicants than in previous years. With

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What to Know About the New 2024 MyERAS Application

As the academic year progresses, the journey of aspiring medical professionals reaches a critical juncture—the process of applying to residency programs. Each year, the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) undergoes updates to enhance the application experience for hopeful applicants and streamline the selection process for residency programs’ staff members. This year, there have been changes

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How to Make a Statement with Your ERAS Personal Statement

Dr. Leila Javidi, Taylor Purvis, and Dr. Brian Radvansky contributed to this article. Starting your residency application can feel like an overwhelming task, especially when it comes to writing your ERAS personal statement. It’s not clear why essays of this nature are so intimidating—maybe it’s because not all medical students are well-versed in language arts,

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From Unmatched to Matched: My Success Story

As medical students, we have years of hard work behind us. We’ve logged countless hours in libraries reading endlessly, volunteering, participating in clubs, and conducting research, all while trying to continue our favorite hobbies and maintain a modicum of sanity. And then, at the end of the journey, there is the Match. The most anxiety-provoking

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Dual Applying for Residency: Is It Right For Me?

In the journey of every medical student, the residency application process stands as a significant milestone. One approach to this rite of passage is the practice of dual applying, or applying to more than one specialty. While in theory this approach may seem appealing, it requires careful, strategic planning and is not without its drawbacks.

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How to Be Competitive as a Residency Match Reapplicant

Residency programs are competitive and require applicants to display excellence in academic performance, clinical know-how, and personal qualities such as communication, leadership, and professionalism. With an increasing number of qualified applicants each year, it’s difficult for program directors to select applicants for their incoming class. Despite their best efforts, some applicants may not match into

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