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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The Most Competitive Medical Specialties & How to Prepare

This post was originally published in March 2020 and was updated April 2024. Dr. Navin Prasad also contributed to this post. Have you recently discovered your passion for one of the most competitive medical specialties, and are wondering what you need to do to match? Then this blog is for you! Drawing from personal experiences

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Meet ResidencyCAS, the New OB/GYN Residency Application System

As a recent residency graduate, I can attest to how stressful the application process can be. Luckily, a lot has changed for the better since I applied for OB/GYN residency in 2018 (which now seems like ancient history)! You’ve probably heard by now that the specialty of OB/GYN will be changing the application process for

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Resident vs Attending: What’s the Difference? Role, Responsibility, Salary, & More

While undergoing the long hours of study, clerkships, retracting in the OR, and building a stellar resume for residency applications, it’s sometimes difficult to truly understand what it means to be an “attending physician.” Basically, they’re the “big kahuna” of the medical team who’s completed their training and now teaches, has patients under their direct

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Didn’t Match? Learn All About the 2024 SOAP

​​On Monday, in mid-March, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will send out Match emails to eager, awaiting medical students. Most will be overjoyed that they matched, securing a spot in a coveted US residency program. However, some receive a less auspicious email. Although not matching can be disappointing at first, it’s important to keep

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6 Stress Management Tips for Residency Match Week

As we approach Match Week 2024, the stakes are becoming more and more real. Surviving residency interviews was hard enough, but the anticipation of receiving your match results can be agonizing.  Don’t let the pressure eat away at you. Read on for tips to deal with this stress, mentally prepare for Match Week, and know

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What I Wish I Knew About The Match: Doctors Share Their Advice

The journey to becoming a physician is challenging and filled with obstacles, with the Match process standing out as particularly anxiety-inducing. If you’re a med student approaching the Match, you may be wondering what it’s actually like to go through the process and land a residency program. To take some of the guesswork off your plate, we

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What to Consider When Ranking General Surgery Programs

If you’re creating your rank list for general surgery residency programs, congratulations on making it to your final step before Match! In such a competitive specialty, you should be proud of yourself for making it this far in your journey—this path will surely open many doors for you as a medical professional. So, now that

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The Ultimate Med Matchmaker: 6 Steps to the Residency Couples Match

Erin Elbel and Dr. Mike Ren contributed to this post. Ah, medical love: the phenomenon where, from across the lecture hall, your eye is drawn more to someone cute than it is to the acid-base lecture.  This is not an uncommon occurrence—according to a recent AMA survey, 40% of doctors are married to other doctors, probably due to

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