Blueprint Med School Blog (formerly Cram Fighter)

The blog for Blueprint Medical, supporting your MedEd journey with our exam study planner, tutoring, residency consulting, and advanced boards.

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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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Choosing Step 1 Resources: Comparing USMLE-Rx vs. Boards and Beyond

We discuss two popular lecture series for prepareing for the USMLE Step 1. When it’s time to start studying for Step 1 you may be deciding on whether to use USMLE-Rx or Boards and Beyond. Maybe even both. We’re here to give you the rundown on how well the two resources have helped some students

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Updated Top Step 1 Resources as of December 2020

At Cram Fighter, we keep an eye on how the popularity of Step 1 resources changes over time. Let’s discuss the most recent trends! It’s that time of year again, so we’re covering the most popular resources that Cram Fighter students have been adding to their study schedules to prepare for USMLE Step 1. This

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Top Books for USMLE Step 2 CK Prep

We list the most important study resources for M3s as they get ready for the USMLE Step 2 CK. We find that med students often rely on the tried and true advice of upperclassmen. So we asked Joselyn M., class of 2021 at VCOM and one of our Campus Heroes, to share some pointers for

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