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What I Wish I Knew About The Match: Doctors Share Their Advice
What I Wish I Knew About The Match: Doctors Share Their Advice

The journey to becoming a physician is challenging and filled with obstacles, with the Match process standing out as particularly anxiety-inducing. If you’re a med student approaching the Match, you may be wondering what it’s actually like to go through the process and land a residency program. To take some of the guesswork off your plate, we

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Which Are the Hardest Shelf Exams?
Which Are the Hardest Shelf Exams?

Clinical rotations are an exciting time that most medical students look forward to. With them comes the exhilaration of hands-on learning, patient interactions, and teamwork alongside residents and faculty.  Another, perhaps less enjoyable aspect of clinical rotations are the shelf exams that come at the end of each one. They can be particularly difficult for

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How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome: Medical School Edition
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome: Medical School Edition

Medical school is a challenging journey that inevitably comes with its own set of hurdles, and one of the most common is the notorious imposter syndrome. As a medical student, studying for exams and navigating through hospital rotations can be daunting, and imposter syndrome may rear its ugly head at the most unexpected times. In

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What to Consider When Ranking General Surgery Programs
What to Consider When Ranking General Surgery Programs

If you’re creating your rank list for general surgery residency programs, congratulations on making it to your final step before Match! In such a competitive specialty, you should be proud of yourself for making it this far in your journey—this path will surely open many doors for you as a medical professional. So, now that

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Open These Love Notes to Help You Through Med School 💙
Open These Love Notes to Help You Through Med School 💙

Happy Valentine’s Day from Blueprint Prep! The season of love has us thinking about how we can spread the love year-round, through all the ups and downs you face during med school. What better way than some good old-fashioned “open when” letters?Inside this envelope, you’ll find letters from Blueprint tutors to help you through difficult moments along

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The Ultimate Med Matchmaker: 6 Steps to the Residency Couples Match
The Ultimate Med Matchmaker: 6 Steps to the Residency Couples Match

Erin Elbel and Dr. Mike Ren contributed to this post. Ah, medical love: the phenomenon where, from across the lecture hall, your eye is drawn more to someone cute than it is to the acid-base lecture.  This is not an uncommon occurrence—according to a recent AMA survey, 40% of doctors are married to other doctors, probably due to

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How to Reach Your Goals in Medicine: Keep an Eye on Your “Why”
How to Reach Your Goals in Medicine: Keep an Eye on Your “Why”

Believe it or not, I’m a sucker for self-improvement and personal development. I imagine that in some ways, you are too. You’re probably on a decades-long journey to becoming the most phenomenal physician you can be. That requires working on your personal and professional development, seeking ways to improve your efficiency, gathering more knowledge, developing

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How to Make the Most of Your MS4 Spring
How to Make the Most of Your MS4 Spring

Congratulations! You made it! Application season is over and you’re awaiting Match Day with baited breath. At this point, you’re wrapping up graduation requirements and finishing your last hospital rotation. It’s been an incredible journey, and now the wide open calendar from February to June is like a whole new frontier. Hopefully you’re excited by

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