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 Use Flashcards to Prepare for Board Exams

Flashcards can be a great adjunct to your studying, but only if you know the right ways to use them. Read on to learn a few tips to make the most out of the time you spend working through flashcards. Flashcard Decks: Your Options Anki is well-known among medical students for its use of spaced

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Self-Care in Medical Education

Self-care is an individualized process of promoting one’s internal wellness. It  involves discovering one’s personal self-care activities, reducing stressors, maintaining realistic expectations and pursuing gratitude. We share four ways to implement self-care into busy experiences as a medical student or clinician. Many promote the same brand of self-care, which includes applying a face mask, eating

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The Most Popular USMLE Step 2 CK Resources for 2022

USMLE Step 2 CK, which stands for “Clinical Knowledge”, is tailored to test your ability to think like a clinician. Although cramming for Step 1 is relatively straightforward, Step 2 is somewhat trickier. It has also become more important now that USMLE Step 1 scores have been eliminated, because USMLE Step 2 CK performance is

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Top USMLE Step 1 Resources for 2022

Navigating the top picks for Step 1 studying At the end of every year, Cram Fighter tracks which resources students add to their Step 1 study schedules to reveal the most popular choices of the year. Based on thousands of students’ schedules in 2021, you can use this list to prepare for the upcoming changes

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How to Survive and Thrive in Your Core Clerkships

13 key tips to help you be successful (and avoid getting overwhelmed) in your clinical rotations. Introduction Clinical rotations are an incredibly formative experience—a precious and finite time dedicated to learning what it means to become a physician. Yet, the experience can be stressful and downright overwhelming. You will likely feel high pressure to impress

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Optimizing the Stress/Anxiety Curve

How to optimize your stress using the Yerkes-Dodson Law to perform better on the USMLE and Step 1 and Step 2 CK studying. As a student this late in the game, you’re familiar with stress. Frenemies, if you will. You know how Stress likes its eggs, you know where Stress goes when it needs to

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Best Qbanks for Step 2 CK

We breakdown the most popular qbanks for Step 2 CK studying. Step 2 CK is the second exam in the “Step” sequence administered by the USMLE. The CK stands for Clinical Knowledge, and accordingly, the exam covers medical students’ knowledge of the clinical sciences and their patient care skills. Most med students take the USMLE

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Comparing Step 3 Review Courses

For students looking for a Step 3 prep course, we breakdown some of the available options. Step 3 is the third “step” in the sequence of the USMLE exams. Passing it, along with Step 1 and Step 2 CK, is required to obtain a license to practice medicine without supervision in the United States. The

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