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.

Advice for M1 Students Starting Med School
Advice for M1 Students Starting Med School

A guest post from National co-Sponsorship Director for APAMSA Kathleen Dinh. To all the M1s starting medical school this fall, a huge congratulations to you!! You rightfully earned your spot in this crazy field of medicine, and it’s going to be a long, yet rewarding, journey. We enter this field during a time when many

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Optimizing the Stress/Anxiety Curve
Optimizing the Stress/Anxiety Curve

How to optimize your stress using the Yerkes-Dodson Law to perform better on the USMLE and Step 1 and Step 2 CK studying. As a student this late in the game, you’re familiar with stress. Frenemies, if you will. You know how Stress likes its eggs, you know where Stress goes when it needs to

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Test Taking Strategies for the USMLE
Test Taking Strategies for the USMLE

How to approach a USMLE question and basic test taking strategies for the exam. When it comes to something as complex as the USMLE, anything that helps demystify the process can be a game changer. And yes, we mean anything! Even something that may seem as intuitive as how to approach a question. Of course,

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Top 3 Reasons to Use Cram Fighter
Top 3 Reasons to Use Cram Fighter

Why thousands of medical students love Cram Fighter Over the years we’ve surveyed and interviewed hundreds of Cram Fighter users to see why they love using Cram Fighter. Based on our research, we present to you the Top 3 Reasons to Use Cram Fighter! 1. We’ve already done the work of dividing up the resources

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The Spreadsheet Trap (and How to Avoid It)
The Spreadsheet Trap (and How to Avoid It)

Don’t fall into The Spreadsheet Trap and derail your board exam prep! What is ‘The Spreadsheet Trap’? You know you need a plan to prep for your board exams, and you’ve checked out Cram Fighter, but maybe you’re thinking about just using Excel or Google Sheets instead. After all – they’re free, right? The question

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High Yield Guide for USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK
High Yield Guide for USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK

How to prioritize high yield topics to raise your score on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK. Wouldn’t life be much easier if it came with a guide that told you exactly what to focus on? If a little voice in your head periodically chimed in to let you know:  “Hey, don’t worry about

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Cram Fighter Joins the Blueprint Test Prep Family
Cram Fighter Joins the Blueprint Test Prep Family

Cram Fighter and Blueprint are joining forces to better support you through your journey to the career of your dreams! We are excited to announce that Cram Fighter has joined the Blueprint Test Prep family! Cram Fighter was created with the goal of helping med school students achieve board exam success by helping them create

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How One “Average Underdog” Aced His Board Exams
How One “Average Underdog” Aced His Board Exams

Inspired by his post on Reddit, we reached out to learn how this student aced USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1. In his Reddit post, Kevin Dell’Aquila at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine described himself as an “arguably average underdog” with an “underwhelming college GPA/MCAT and about 50th percentile class

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