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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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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When and How to Schedule Your Step 2 CK Exam

When and how to schedule USMLE Step 2 CK now and after Step 1 goes pass/fail to best prepare for ERAS residency applications. Ah, a calendar year. There’s your birthday, the fresh blooms of spring, the anticipation of summer. There’s that time of year you spend with family or friends. There’s the test day of

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A New Look at Your USMLE Step 2 Score

USMLE Step 1 change to pass/fail and how it might affect Step 2 score reporting. Here’s how to prepare for residence and specialty matching given the change. For a moment, let’s imagine it’s a beautiful sunlit day somewhere very far from your computer screen. You decide to engage in a friendly game with a street

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How To Use Cram Fighter’s USMLE Sample Schedules

Every year, we post PDF and Excel sample study schedules for the boards. Here’s how you can use our sample schedules to create your own personalized study plan. If you’re building a study plan for your USMLE Step 1 exam, you know how daunting the process can be. Not only do you need to first

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How Studying for the USMLE Step 1 Is Different in 2021

Changes to Step 1 are coming this year. Here are some trends we’ve noticed so far. This year, taking Step 1 may seem different than in most recent years for a couple of reasons. To begin with, 2021 marks the final year that medical students taking the USMLE Step 1 exam will receive a score.

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Should DO Students Take Both USMLE and COMLEX?

Here’s what med students are saying. You’re making your way to being a doctor, and those infamous board exams are looming on the horizon. As a med student at an osteopathic college of medicine, you’ve probably heard about taking the COMLEX-USA Levels (as they are known) for graduation and admittance into residency programs. The COMLEX

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What’s Next After USMLE Step 1?

Here’s how the next big exam for M3s, Step 2 CK, differs from the USMLE Step 1. So, you’ve made your way through the USMLE Step 1, and now it’s on to your Step 2 CK exam. The Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) exam naturally follows Step 1 and tests your knowledge of the additional

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How to Build a USMLE Step 1 Study Schedule as an IMG: Tara Jamieson Interview Part 1

We asked musician and med student Tara Jamieson, who attends the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, how she constructed a plan to study for the USMLE Step 1 as an IMG. What are some challenges of studying for Step 1 as an IMG, and how do you handle them? As an IMG, we have

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