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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Medical School – Is Now the Right Time for Me?

Nowadays, the “nontraditional” medical school matriculant is almost the rule, more than the exception. Whether one jumps straight from college to medical school, takes an accelerated BA/MD, or takes a decade off in between for a career switch, the decision to go to medical school is a weighty one. Every doctor had to make it

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How to Become a Pediatrician

If you’re hoping to become a pediatrician, congratulations on choosing a rewarding profession with a great deal of variety! As a pediatrician, you’ll provide medical care for infants, children, and adolescents in a range of clinical settings, including inpatient units and outpatient clinics. You can either choose to work as a generalist and provide comprehensive

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Medical Students: Which Specialty is Best for Work-Life Balance?

If you’re a medical student, you might be wondering if you’ll ever find a healthy work-life balance as a physician. In short, the answer is a definite yes—despite the misconceptions about long hours without any time off, you can (and should) structure your future career to include your personal life and other hobbies to prevent

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How to Make the Most of Remote Learning in 2022

Although the beginning of 2022 is a time of fresh starts and renewed perspectives, some aspects of pandemic life will remain with us. One of them is remote learning. Many medical schools around the country and world are returning preclinical lectures and small group sessions back to Zoom. Do not lose hope! We offer some

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Advice for M1 Students Starting Med School

A guest post from National co-Sponsorship Director for APAMSA Kathleen Dinh. To all the M1s starting medical school this fall, a huge congratulations to you!! You rightfully earned your spot in this crazy field of medicine, and it’s going to be a long, yet rewarding, journey. We enter this field during a time when many

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How One “Average Underdog” Aced His Board Exams

Inspired by his post on Reddit, we reached out to learn how this student aced USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1. In his Reddit post, Kevin Dell’Aquila at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine described himself as an “arguably average underdog” with an “underwhelming college GPA/MCAT and about 50th percentile class

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How To Prepare for the MCAT: One Student’s Advice

We spoke with Claire Sinai, a student at Brandeis University, who told us how creating the right study plan got her the score she wanted on the MCAT. Having an MCAT Study Schedule is Critical Unlike class tests in undergrad that individually don’t have much GPA risk, the MCAT is a single exam with high

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5 Stress Reduction Tips for Med Students – Guest Post by Health Writer Issy Fuller

Here’s some suggestions for managing stress from health writer Issy Fuller. The various pressures of medical school can have a significant impact on the mental health of students. In fact, med students report increased levels of psychological distress than peers of the same age upon leaving medical school, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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