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.

Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Surgery Rotation
Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Surgery Rotation

Surgery is not for everybody. I can say with certainty that it wasn’t my favorite rotation. Our introduction to surgery was the surgical clerkship director stating that we should only “go into surgery only if you can’t see yourself doing absolutely anything else.” That was sound advice.  Regardless of which field you enter, you must

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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Clinicals
Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Clinicals

Congratulations on making it to clinicals! It’s been a challenging road thus far. You’ve endured hours of lectures, anatomy labs, and the colossal hurdle of Step 1. Now, you have the opportunity to take everything you’ve learned over the past two years and apply it to “the real world,” so to speak. I remember the

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Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Preclinicals
Day in the Life of a Medical Student: Preclinicals

So, you’re starting medical school preclinicals. Those were the days! This is one of the periods of training that I look back upon fondly. On the long road of medical training, you rarely have the type of freedom you’ll find as a preclinical medical student. The sheer amount of independent study time and flexibility to

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Are We Obligated to be Cordial in Medicine?
Are We Obligated to be Cordial in Medicine?

It was a day like any other in “the heart room.” I was a relatively newly minted attending anesthesiologist, inducing a patient with some level of mitral stenosis. The echo read “atrial mass causing pseudo-mitral stenosis.” Sounded innocuous. Rather than exercise a “trust by verify” mindset by double checking the echo images with my own

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Brainstorming Your ERAS Personal Statement
Brainstorming Your ERAS Personal Statement

So, you’re sitting in front of a blank Word document with no idea how to start. You are not alone. The ERAS personal statement is the hardest part of the residency application. No one likes to write about themselves, and it feels like a painful exercise to try to sound impressive but not arrogant. If

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How to Thrive as a Family Medicine PGY-2 Resident
How to Thrive as a Family Medicine PGY-2 Resident

Intern year is finally over. You have learned more medicine and worked more hours than you thought possible. Now, you’re ready to officially become an upper level in the program, which brings new responsibilities and challenges. As a seasoned resident, you will spend most of second year learning about sub-specialties relevant to your future practice

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Don’t Miss Out On This Powerful Medical School Lesson
Don’t Miss Out On This Powerful Medical School Lesson

I’m struggling. When caring for a morbidly obese, dialysis-dependent cancer patient, nothing comes easy. Especially IV access. Despite being on peritoneal dialysis, affording us the use of both arms, I’m getting nowhere. I’ve got 2 blown IVs, one in each arm, and the one that he came in with from the floor is not functional

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New Resources Supported in Cram Fighter | July 2022 Edition
New Resources Supported in Cram Fighter | July 2022 Edition

We’re back with the latest round up of new med school resources supported by the Cram Fighter Study Planner. Check out the latest below: Lectures Med School Bootcamp (Step 1 – Preclinical & Anatomy) Textbooks Clinical Pharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple Laposata’s Laboratory Medicine Diagnosis of Disease in Clinical Laboratory Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology Moore’s Clinically

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