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.

Scrub Up: Tips for Your First Time in the OR
Scrub Up: Tips for Your First Time in the OR

Scrub up! If these words strike fear into your heart, you’re in good company. For most medical students, the first time they enter an operating room (OR) is during third-year clerkships. Nothing will quite prepare you for that moment, but some familiarity with the different roles, order of operations, etiquette, and expectations for medical students

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How to Use Deliberate Practice to Prep for Your Medical School Exams
How to Use Deliberate Practice to Prep for Your Medical School Exams

The equation is simple: solid preparation = successful exam performance. Whether you’re getting ready to take the USMLE or COMLEX, dedicating a large chunk of time exclusively to test prep is how to ensure you’ll crush it on exam day. If you don’t put the time in, you’re going to be disappointed—period. So do yourself

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Going Back to In-Person Residency Interviews: How to Prepare & What to Expect
Going Back to In-Person Residency Interviews: How to Prepare & What to Expect

You’ve worked hard and prepared well, gathering recommendation letters, building your resume and drafting your personal statement. You polished your ERAS application and triple-checked it for any mistakes. Then you applied to the programs you want to attend for residency, and even sent out your signals to the ones you like most. And now, finally,

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How We Made the New Step 2 & Shelf Exams Qbank from Blueprint Test Prep
How We Made the New Step 2 & Shelf Exams Qbank from Blueprint Test Prep

Updated January 2024 As a third-year medical student, you no doubt spend a lot of time going through your Step 2 & Shelf Exams Qbank getting ready for your M3 exams. At some point during your study period, you’ve probably asked yourself how your Qbank provider came up with the questions. Who is making sure

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Take This (Free!) Residency Mock Interview With an Expert Residency Counselor
Take This (Free!) Residency Mock Interview With an Expert Residency Counselor

If you’re approaching residency interview season, here’s one piece of advice that all of our counselors can agree on: completing a mock residency interview beforehand is a must. Every detail counts when it comes to making a first impression with your dream program—and the best first impressions are the ones that you intentionally prepare for.

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Making Friends in Med School: How to Find Your People
Making Friends in Med School: How to Find Your People

Starting medical school can be both exciting and daunting. Med students have the opportunity to experience a time of immense academic and personal growth along with the pressures that come with it. Perhaps more so than during other periods in life, this will be a time when you’ll benefit most from a robust support system.

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How I Balanced My Clinical Rotations with Shelf Exam Studying
How I Balanced My Clinical Rotations with Shelf Exam Studying

During my third year of medical school, the first half of my general surgery clerkship was spent on the hepatobiliary and transplant surgery service. One day, as we were completing the running subcuticular stitch on skin after a Whipple procedure, the fellow looked up at me and asked, “Are you interested in going on a

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Med School Burnout: Know the Signs, Causes, & How to Manage It
Med School Burnout: Know the Signs, Causes, & How to Manage It

Burnout is a serious issue for medical students. The extensive periods of studying for exam after exam, the looming stack of write-ups and patient notes awaiting completion, and the ever-growing landscape of the medical curriculum can cumulatively generate an overwhelming burden that compounds over the four years of medical school. Empirical studies have found that

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