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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Finding Your Calling: A Guide to Choosing a Specialty Beyond Competition

I did everything they told me to do. The brilliant, high-achieving upperclassmen who were matching into competitive specialties because of their sky-high USMLE scores had given me the non-secret of how to ace boards. Turns out, it was the same guidance that any “How to score high on USMLE Step 1” Google search would have

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7 Secrets to Success I Learned from My Greatest Med School Mentor

Someone who comes to mind when I ask myself “What does it mean to succeed in medicine?” is one of my medical school mentors, Dr. E. His work ethic and throughput were so astonishing that he has been the subject of many a blog post that I’ve written. During our years together, I learned how

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Building Your Medical CV: Tips for Medical Students

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) is a document that summarizes all of your professional achievements in an efficient and easily accessible manner. It’s an essential component of your residency application and something that program directors will take a good look at, so you want to be sure it’s up to their standards.  Due to the importance

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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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Staying Professional on Social Media as a Medical Student

The Internet has created unprecedented avenues for medical students and physicians to communicate rapidly, share information, and connect with countless individuals via a few clicks and keystrokes. Engaging on social media platforms not only supports personal expression, it empowers individuals to establish a professional online presence. Social media can be used to foster camaraderie within

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Maximizing Your Dedicated Step 2 CK Study Period

Wait, so Step 2 CK matters? Yes, yes it does! I think by now, most medical students know USMLE Step 1 is a pass/fail exam. Thus, the primary objective measure on our application for residency is the USMLE Step 2 CK score. It wasn’t always this way, of course. I remember many of my attendings

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Mentorship in Medicine: Finding and Nurturing Supportive Relationships as a Medical Student

As medical students, we strive not only to acquire knowledge and clinical skills but also to become compassionate and competent physicians. A great resource that can help us navigate this diverse set of challenges is mentorship. Mentors play a pivotal role in medical education by offering guidance, support, and career advice. They are an invaluable

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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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