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.

Introducing Cram Fighter 2.0: The Ultimate USMLE and COMLEX Study Planner
Introducing Cram Fighter 2.0: The Ultimate USMLE and COMLEX Study Planner

Blueprint Test Prep Launches the New Cram Fighter Study Planner: Updated. Enhanced. Still Unmatched. Medical students, 2022 is going to be your year! Blueprint Test Prep—the company that’s helped thousands of students crush the MCAT to get into med school—is now setting its sights on helping students get through medical school. After months of intense development

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What Does USMLE Step 1 Going Pass/Fail Mean for You?
What Does USMLE Step 1 Going Pass/Fail Mean for You?

I was quite shocked when I first heard the USMLE Step 1 exam was considering changing to a pass/fail scoring system. I knew what a big deal the exam was, and how much time and effort I had put into studying to obtain my goal score. After doing so, I began tutoring students for the

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Time Management Strategies for Med Students
Time Management Strategies for Med Students

Level up your time management skills and improve your ability to balance competing demands and tasks. If you’re a pre-medical or medical student, improving your time management strategies won’t just help you balance your life right now as a student, but also as a future physician managing various demands and tasks at any given time.

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Top USMLE Step 1 Resources for 2022
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
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 to Survive and Thrive in Your Core Clerkships
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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How Med Students Are Using First Aid in 2021
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
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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