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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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 Maximize Your USMLE Exam Day Performance

Essentials for going into your USMLE exam day feeling confident and prepared. Introduction Reaching the final stretch of your USMLE exam preparation is a big milestone, and understandably your emotions may range widely from nervousness to eagerness. You’ve worked really hard to get to this point and now, it’s time for that commitment to pay

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How Med Students Are Using First Aid in 2021

A first hand look at how medical students are using the classic USMLE prep textbook in 2021. The holy grail of medical school texts is, without a doubt, First Aid for the USMLE. Personally, it wasn’t until I was on the verge of failing my first term of medical school (eek!) that the book was

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Med Student Mental Health Check In

Take a minute for a mental health check in with some of our top posts about avoiding (and sometimes making the most of!) stress, study burnout, and more! Sometimes the “journey” to becoming a doctor can feel more like running through an endless minefield. High stakes exams, student loans, and crushing workloads – not to

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Test Taking Strategies for the USMLE

How to approach a USMLE question and basic test taking strategies for the exam. When it comes to something as complex as the USMLE, anything that helps demystify the process can be a game changer. And yes, we mean anything! Even something that may seem as intuitive as how to approach a question. Of course,

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High Yield Guide for USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK

How to prioritize high yield topics to raise your score on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK. Wouldn’t life be much easier if it came with a guide that told you exactly what to focus on? If a little voice in your head periodically chimed in to let you know:  “Hey, don’t worry about

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Find and Use Your USMLE Qbank

A guide to USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Qbanks like UWorld and Kaplan: which is best and how to use them. It seems like the moment you pull out your wallet to make a purchase, you’re overwhelmed with options to the point that picking a simple toothbrush can feel like a quiz; and

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