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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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Surgery Rotation

Surgery is not for everybody. I can say with certainty that it wasn’t my favorite rotation. Our introduction to surgery was the surgical clerkship director stating that we should only “go into surgery only if you can’t see yourself doing absolutely anything else.” That was sound advice.  Regardless of which field you enter, you must

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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Clinicals

Congratulations on making it to clinicals! It’s been a challenging road thus far. You’ve endured hours of lectures, anatomy labs, and the colossal hurdle of Step 1. Now, you have the opportunity to take everything you’ve learned over the past two years and apply it to “the real world,” so to speak. I remember the

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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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Are We Obligated to be Cordial in Medicine?

It was a day like any other in “the heart room.” I was a relatively newly minted attending anesthesiologist, inducing a patient with some level of mitral stenosis. The echo read “atrial mass causing pseudo-mitral stenosis.” Sounded innocuous. Rather than exercise a “trust by verify” mindset by double checking the echo images with my own

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