Medical school is hard. Going to class and following your syllabus might have been enough in undergrad, but it’s nearly impossible to get through med school without tapping into an ecosystem of third-party resources like Qbanks, online lectures, and visual learning tools (like Sketchy!). 


While these resources are readily available to students, the hard part is learning how to fit them all into your real, human life. The sheer volume of stuff can feel like a mountain of work with no way to get started or track your progress. Enter Cram Fighter. 


Who is Cram Fighter?

Built by Blueprint (the leader in test prep and creator of the ONLY customizable online study planner), Cram Fighter is a specialized calendar and task-tracking tool that helps students organize their study resources and prepare for medical board exams. Used by thousands of med students each year, Cram Fighter helps you create personalized plans for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, COMLEX, Shelf exams, and more. 


If you're not using Cram Fighter already, we recommend trying it out as a way to put that mountain of tasks—your Sketchy, your Qbanks, your class work, and so on—into one manageable list. 


How does it work? 

Cram Fighter creates custom study plans tailored to your unique needs and timeline. Simply select the study resources you are using, the date of your upcoming exam, and any personal scheduling needs (such as days off), and Cram Fighter will present a detailed plan showing exactly what to study each day. Falling behind? Cram Fighter’s “Rebalance” feature will get you back on track with the click of a mouse.


Using Cram Fighter with Sketchy 

Adding Sketchy to Cram Fighter is fast and easy! Thousands of students do it every year, making Sketchy one of Cram Fighter users’ top 5 study resources. Let’s take a closer look at how you can incorporate Sketchy into your Cram Fighter study plan.


If you’re new to Cram Fighter, select the Sketchy materials you want to add to your study plan in the “Add Resources” step.  


If you already have a Cram Fighter study plan, click “Add More Resources” and choose the Sketchy materials you want to add. Once you’ve made your selections, follow the steps to “Rebalance” your plan and you’ll be ready to go! 


Cram Fighter divides Sketchy’s Medical program by academic year and subject, allowing you to add Preclinical lessons, Clinical lessons, or select only the specific subjects you want to study. Cram Fighter will even organize Sketchy lessons in your schedule alongside materials from other resources that cover the same topics, for a fully aligned studying experience!


Good luck, and stay Sketchy!


Meaghan Foster, MD
Family Medicine 
Jasmine D. Thompson, MD 
Emergency Medicine
Austin E. Carmack, MD
General Surgery 
Alessandra Petrillo, MD
Internal Medicine 
Future Plans: Heme/Onc Fellowship
Arjan Ahluwalia, MD
Internal Medicine 
Future Plans: GI Fellowship
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