SketchyMicro and Pathoma Companions

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Nov 19, 2017 12:31:34 PM

This Friday we released two new PDF books to members: SketchyMicro and Pathoma companions. Like our other textbooks, these are complete renderings of Firecracker’s SketchyMicro and Pathoma topic coverage, complete with images, tables and charts. Each chapter links back to the relevant topic inside Firecracker so that you can kick off a flash card or test-question session directly.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Textbooks

Firecracker for your coursework

Posted by David Guertin on Nov 17, 2017 3:28:59 PM

The following is a guest-authored blog post from John, a second-year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, one of Firecracker's more than twenty official partner institutions:

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Topics: USMLE, Tales from the front line, Learning & Memory Science, Spaced Learning, Practice Exams, Course Connect

Update to our Family Medicine Clerkship Product

Posted by Nate Green on Nov 13, 2017 9:35:00 AM

We recently added three additional topics to the Family Medicine Clerkship product:

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, How to Use Firecracker, Family Medicine

New: Re-do questions from your Daily Review

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 20, 2017 5:04:13 PM

Wouldn't it be cool if, after the completion of your daily flashcards, you were able to re-do specifics cards again without having to work through the entire task a second time? For example if you wanted to just focus on the cards you rated a 1 or 2, or re-review flashcards from Urgent topics regardless of rating. Well, now you can!

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

How this Firecracker scored a 263 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Oct 13, 2017 2:51:53 PM

With a lot of dedication and the help of Firecracker, a member at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently scored a 263 on their USMLE Step 1 exam. The student began using Firecracker as a primary source of flashcard and Q bank-style question review during the beginning of their second year of medical school, and attribute their great score to the detail-oriented nature of Firecracker's content. During their first year, they began their studying by creating personal flashcards from materials found in First Aid and other study resources, but once they stumbled upon Firecracker, they dedicated most of their board preparation to the platform. Check out how this user went about their board preparation:

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Topics: Big Data, Learning & Memory Science, USMLE Step 1, Exams

‘Get Ahead’ on Your Daily Patient Cases

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 6, 2017 4:00:58 PM

As you likely know, each day Firecracker assigns you a single Daily Patient Case from our Q-bank which we think you have a 50% chance of answering correctly based on your past progress and performance. The goal of these cases is simple: get you comfortable answering board-style questions as early into your medical education as possible. Well today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a big update: you can now do as many of these cases as you’d like each day via our new Daily Patient Case ‘Get Ahead’ task!

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Q-bank, Daily Patient Cases

Progress Tracking in Study Something Specific

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 5, 2017 5:52:10 PM

Until today, in Study Something Specific, you could review your progress and performance across each of the testable subject areas for your board exams. Some of the stats we showed were the number and percentage of topics you’ve marked, flashcards you’ve reviewed, and clinical vignettes you’ve answered. Today, though, we’re excited to announce the launch an update to Study Something Specific. Now, not only will you be able to see even more progress stats, including the amount of content which is at risk of being forgotten from each of your content modules, but you’ll also find it much easier to navigate and drill into specific modules.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

It's the End of Back to School at Firecracker

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Sep 28, 2017 4:21:29 PM

We're wrapping up our annual Back to School sale, for new students Firecracker is $300 for 2 years through Saturday at 8 p.m.

If you join now - this is what's on the immediate horizon for Firecracker. Coming to Firecracker in October:

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Topics: Medical Education

"Winning" in Medical School

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 27, 2017 2:06:16 PM

Over the past 8 years, more than 150,000 medical students have used Firecracker, and on average, they score 16 points higher on their USMLE Step 1 board exams, regardless of incoming MCAT score. We recently asked a group of our most successful past students what advice they’d give new med students regarding how to “win” at medical school. Here are four tips that we've gathered, from their experiences.

The end of our Back to School seasonal sale is this Saturday - 'til then, you can get Firecracker MD and DO - all flash cards, q-bank, and practice exams - for $300 for 2 years (or any other term you need). Here.

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Topics: Medical Education, How to Use Firecracker

Pronunciations and Definitions on Firecracker

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 20, 2017 5:52:41 PM

Ever had to pronounce 'choledocolithiasis’ in class? We can guess how that went…

Well kiss all of those embarrassing moments goodbye. Today, we’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Merriam Webster to bring definitions and pronunciations for nearly 60,000 medical terms to Firecracker. 

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

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