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 Happens if I Fail Step 1 (Now That It’s Pass/Fail)?

Dr. Tzvi Doron, Dr. Daniel Good, and Lauryn Falcone, MD, PhD also contributed to this post. A failed Step 1 score can be completely devastating. You spent two years learning as much medical knowledgeas possible and lots of valuable time and money preparing for this one big exam. Not surprisingly, many students who fail Step 1 feel

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Does Step 3 Matter?

As you adapt to being an intern, it’s easy to push Step 3 out of your mind. Some residencies don’t require you to take it until your third year, which can be tempting, but not the best idea! Your upper-level residents will tell you, “Don’t worry about it. No one cares about Step 3, and

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How to Prepare for Step 2: A Few Questions to Ask Yourself So You Don’t Become Overwhelmed

Your road to Step 2 is full of challenges: first, you go through clinical rotations and take Shelf exams, and then you start the demanding process of preparing for USMLE Step 2 CK. You’ll be advancing in your medical career while growing into the role of a professional. You’ll also be wearing at least two

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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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How to Study for Step 3

Your intern year has started. You’ve been working as a clinician for a good number of months, and you feel like you are getting on your feet. But here comes USMLE Step 3 to throw a wrench into your spokes…. Why Step 3 doesn’t necessarily spell doom for your life Step 1 and 2 were

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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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