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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5 FAQs About Using Anki for USMLE Prep

Maybe you’ve read Blueprint articles about Anki cards like “What is Anki?” and “Which USMLE Subjects Are Best for Anki?” but still have questions about this popular study resource. If so, no worries—we’ve got you covered! In this article we’ll go over some FAQs medical students have about Anki cards. I’ll show you how to

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Which USMLE Subjects Are Best for Anki?

You can hardly set foot in any United States medical school without hearing about the popular flashcard tool called “Anki.” Anki is loved (and feared) by many, but is it a good fit for you? Compare these strengths and weaknesses of using Anki for your USMLE prep! What is Anki? Let’s start with the basics:

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Studying During the Holidays

As the semester comes to a close, you may be faced with the conundrum of how to use your time off. Maybe you’ll choose to take a well-deserved break after three straight months of classes. Or, you may want to get a headstart on studying for your exams and keep up the momentum from last

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How to Use Deliberate Practice to Prep for Your Medical School Exams

The equation is simple: solid preparation = successful exam performance. Whether you’re getting ready to take the USMLE or COMLEX, dedicating a large chunk of time exclusively to test prep is how to ensure you’ll crush it on exam day. If you don’t put the time in, you’re going to be disappointed—period. So do yourself

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How to Use Blueprint’s Med School Study Planner to Prep for All Your Med School Exams

Finally, you’re done! You spent hours on Excel creating a study plan, and you’re letting out a sigh of relief. But your joy is short-lived: your professor adds another suggested book to your reviewing list, a friend insists a lecture series is a must-have based on their experiences prepping for Step, or you get an

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How to Stay Motivated While Studying for Medical Board Exams

As medical students, we’ve all been there—buried under piles of books, drowning in information, and questioning our sanity. (Trust me, I’ve been through it, too.) Of course, staying motivated during this grueling process is the key to success. But how can you do this, given how much there is to know, and how much you

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How to Succeed & Prevent Burnout in Your Second Year of Medical School

The second year of medical school (MS2) is an exciting time. Most students will have completed the more basic science courses like biochemistry and physiology and move on to more clinical material such as pathology and pharmacology. For this reason, the second year of medical school can be a time for immense academic growth. However,

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ID the Dx: Can You Diagnose This Condition?

Can You Diagnose This Condition? July A 38-year-old woman presents to the emergency department with an eyelid laceration sustained during a bar fight. The laceration is shown above. She has normal visual acuity, no corneal abrasions noted on fluorescein staining, and normal intraocular pressures. Her extraocular muscles are intact as well. What is the appropriate

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