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’s the Best Med School Study Planner?

Matriculating into medical school is an exceptional feat, and all who manage it should feel an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment. Once you enter those hallowed halls of preclinical lectures, small group sessions, physical exam essentials, and patient interactions, many students wonder one thing: “How do I succeed on Step 1 and Step 2?”

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How Long Should You Study for Step 1?

“Your Step 1 score is the most important part of your application.” For many medical students, this was the message we heard throughout our preclinical years. According to a 2021 NRMP survey, residency program directors cited USMLE Step 1 scores as the number one factor in granting an interview. Now, you may be wondering: if

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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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