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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What to Consider When Ranking Family Medicine Residency Programs

By now, you’ve probably stumbled upon countless blogs and videos with generic advice on how to create your residency rank list. In fact, here’s a post I wrote about choosing a residency program! In my “catch-all” post, you’ll find tips for assessing a residency program based on a broad array of factors, such as its

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Going Back to In-Person Residency Interviews: How to Prepare & What to Expect

You’ve worked hard and prepared well, gathering recommendation letters, building your resume and drafting your personal statement. You polished your ERAS application and triple-checked it for any mistakes. Then you applied to the programs you want to attend for residency, and even sent out your signals to the ones you like most. And now, finally,

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Take This (Free!) Residency Mock Interview With an Expert Residency Counselor

If you’re approaching residency interview season, here’s one piece of advice that all of our counselors can agree on: completing a mock residency interview beforehand is a must. Every detail counts when it comes to making a first impression with your dream program—and the best first impressions are the ones that you intentionally prepare for.

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Choosing the Preliminary Year Residency Position That’s Right For You

Choosing the right path in your medical career is a critical decision that requires careful consideration. One option that often raises questions among medical students are about preliminary year residency programs, which serve as a year to build a solid foundation within various specialties (such as radiology, dermatology, anesthesiology, and more) before starting residency as

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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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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 Explain Educational Gaps on Your Residency Application

Educational gaps for medical students are often periods of time during their training when they take a break from formal studies to engage in other forms of learning or take on new professional activities. Occasionally, there may be a hiccup in their trajectory and they need time off to address personal issues. Breaks can offer

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Navigating the ERAS Residency Application: The Ultimate Guide

Dr. Annette Gawron, Dr. Brian Radvansky, and Dr. Michael Stephens contributed to this article. Can you believe it? It’s already that time of the year. ERAS residency applications are just around the corner! Soon, thousands of medical students from across the country and around the globe will submit applications seeking PGY-1 residency positions for the

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