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 Build Resilience in Medical School

As I am about to embark on the final semester of medical school in the midst of residency interviews, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my medical school journey. In many ways, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Maybe that was a good thing! Nonetheless, it’s been an

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Soft Skills in Medicine: Communication, Empathy, and Teamwork

While learning physiology, pathology, and pharmacology are a major part of medical school, another equally important aspect is developing your skills in providing compassionate care and working effectively in a team setting. These latter competencies, known as “soft skills,” broadly describe our ability to communicate, demonstrate empathy, adapt to different situations, and solve problems. Soft

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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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Transition from M2 to M3: Learning from Books to Learning from Patients

When I was preparing for USMLE Step 1, I distinctly remember my anxiety building as the exam approached. This anxiety, though unpleasant, was met and balanced by another powerful emotion: excitement. I was excited by the prospect of finally putting the exam in my rearview mirror, and by the idea that, once it was over

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Clerkship Pitfalls: What Is Situational Awareness in Healthcare?

Situational awareness is defined as conscious knowledge of the immediate environment and the events that are occurring in it—or, as stated in Endsley’s situational awareness models, “the perception of the elements in the environment within a volume of time and space, the comprehension of their meaning, and the projection of their status in the near

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Taking a Gap Year During Medical School: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re tinkering with the idea of taking a gap year after medical school (or even forced to take one), then this is the article for you. This post aims to explore considerations, strategies, and suggestions prior to pursuing a gap year before residency. With this information and a game plan in place, you can

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EKG Tips for Med Students

Electrocardiograms (EKGs) are a vital diagnostic tool used to assess the electrical activity of the heart. Despite their importance, EKGs are often among the most dreaded topics to learn in medical school. Many students find EKG interpretation challenging, as it requires a comprehensive understanding of cardiac physiology, complex arrhythmias, and pattern recognition.  I found EKGs

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What is Internal Medicine (and Where Does It Lead)?

So, you wanna be an internist? You’ve come to the right place! Internists work everywhere from the clinic to the ICU, in global health and public policy, with rural and urban communities, as generalists and specialists, and in every other work style imaginable! The versatility of internal medicine training is its best attribute, but it

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