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.

How to Succeed in Your Intern Year of Family Medicine
How to Succeed in Your Intern Year of Family Medicine

You probably found your way to this blog after matching into a family medicine residency, if so, congratulations! The next three years will be some of the most fun and challenging years in your medical career. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and work with experienced attendings and grow into your own style of practicing

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Interview with a PGY-4 Cardiology Fellow
Interview with a PGY-4 Cardiology Fellow

What was your path to cardiology? I was not sure what I wanted to do at all in medical school. I enjoyed internal medicine and decided to apply IM since it would allow for a lot of different options if I chose to specialize. And if I didn’t want to specialize, I knew that I

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Interview with a PGY1 Emergency Medicine Resident
Interview with a PGY1 Emergency Medicine Resident

What drew you to Emergency Medicine? The excitement! You really never know what is going to walk in through the door of the ED at any given moment, and you are never bored. I also appreciated how Emergency Medicine was all shift work. When you are off the clock you are OFF THE CLOCK. No

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Recommended (Summer!) Reading for Medical Students & Residents: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Recommended (Summer!) Reading for Medical Students & Residents: The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

In the midst of medical training, it can be easy to stop reading anything that isn’t a textbook, journal article, or UptoDate page. With all that you HAVE to read, it is hard to find the time to read for personal enjoyment, let alone to learn about the philosophical, historical, and ethical parts of medicine.

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Finding (or Rediscovering) Your Purpose in Medicine
Finding (or Rediscovering) Your Purpose in Medicine

Somewhere along the way, it’s easy to forget exactly why you chose this profession. The call shifts, sleepless nights, and time sequestered away from your loved ones can become demoralizing. At some point, you might even start asking yourself, “What am I really doing here?” During your medical school interviews, you expressed your sincere desire

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Medical School – Is Now the Right Time for Me?
Medical School – Is Now the Right Time for Me?

Nowadays, the “nontraditional” medical school matriculant is almost the rule, more than the exception. Whether one jumps straight from college to medical school, takes an accelerated BA/MD, or takes a decade off in between for a career switch, the decision to go to medical school is a weighty one. Every doctor had to make it

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How to Use Cram Fighter to Create a Study Schedule for All Your Med School Exams
How to Use Cram Fighter to Create a Study Schedule for All Your Med School Exams

Finally, you’re done! You spent hours on Excel creating a study plan, and you’re letting out a sigh of relief. But your joy is short-lived: your professor adds another suggested book to your reviewing list, a friend insists a lecture series is a must-have based on their experiences prepping for Step, or you get an

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How to Become a Family Medicine Physician
How to Become a Family Medicine Physician

Family Medicine is a unique field in which you can make the most of your interests and skill set. Imagine your typical work day: your first patient is a well woman who seeks an IUD placement. She is followed by someone who needs a joint injection for chronic knee pain. The next patient is a

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