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Study Jams: A New Year's Update

Posted by davidguertin on Jan 15, 2016 12:28:57 PM

Leading up to 2016, the Firecracker team had been brainstorming how best to engage our community in a more direct and personal level. After much consideration and discussions with our passionate community of students, we've created what we think are a great way of doing this on campus and in person: Firecracker Study Jams.

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Topics: Students, USMLE, Medical Education, Study Jams

Top Ten Tips to Succeed on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Apr 16, 2015 1:26:30 PM

For the last few years, the Firecracker team has collected verified USMLE and COMLEX score reports, as well as qualitative data from the students who sent us their scores. At the bottom of this post, we compiled our top ten tips for effectively using Firecracker from the students who performed most exceptionally on their major exams.

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 248 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Mar 17, 2015 5:55:59 AM

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Firecrackers! With the right resources and a strategy for success, you won't need the luck of the Irish to earn the Step 1 score of your dreams. Firecracker integrates well with other popular resources for medical students, and serves as a replacement for many of them. Most importantly, studying efficiently through Firecracker will give you more time to spend doing what you love with friends and family. Rob is a third-year medical student at the University of Virginia who used Firecracker alongside his classes during first and second year to gradually build up his base of knowledge, leading up to this fantastic Step 1 score report:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 253 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Mar 6, 2015 11:09:36 AM

Happy Friday, Firecrackers! We've recently posted a few testimonials from students at Caribbean medical schools who crushed USMLE Step 1 using Firecracker. Our membership at Caribbean medical schools has skyrocketed recently, in large part because Firecracker has proven so effective as a resource for exam preparation. Below are links to our recent Caribbean Firecracker guest-authored blog posts:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 246 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Mar 3, 2015 12:09:38 PM

Firecracker members include premedical and medical students from the USA, Mexico, Canada, Australia, India, Israel, Japan, Europe, and the Caribbean. We recently posted a few success stories from Caribbean medical students who used Firecracker to earn fantastic Step 1 scores. Here's how one Ross University third-year scored a 257 on Step 1, and here's how Roland, a third-year at Saint George's University, scored a 265 on the same exam in 2014.

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 255 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Feb 20, 2015 6:27:07 AM

Firecracker’s over 15,000 members come from various backgrounds, including international medical graduates, post-bacc students, students in MD/PhD and MD/MBA programs, premedical and medical students from the USA, Caribbean, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and the UK. Most of our students who crush their standardized exams also use Firecracker to supplement what they’re learning in classes and clerkships. This fourth-year medical student from the University of California-Irvine shares the experiences that led to the following score report arriving in the mail:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 264 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Feb 15, 2015 7:17:13 AM

Firecracker comprehensively covers all of the testable facts and concepts for the MCAT, USMLE, and COMLEX, as well as the NBME Shelf exams. Most of the students who used this software to destroy Step 1 of the USMLE have continued on with Firecracker for Step 2 preparation and clinical clerkships. Dave, a third-year medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, details how he integrates Firecracker into his studies below:

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Topics: Medical Education

NEW - Upgraded Step 2 Topics (Week of February 9)

Posted by davidguertin on Feb 13, 2015 10:56:56 AM

Hi Firecrackers! Our team of authors and editors has done phenomenal work lately on Step 2 content updates. We plan to adhere to the same rigorous standards of quality for all Step 2 material as we do for MCAT and Step 1. Track the most recent edits occurring in real-time via the "Insights" tab on the website, by selecting See More Updates. Below you'll find our very newest updated topics:

Additionally, you can use the "Practice Exams" tab to do our hundreds of brand new USMLE-style questions for practice for both Step 1 and Step 2. Firecracker is designed to stamp the facts and concepts into your long-term memory; do practice questions to synthesize all of the medical material you've learned in a simulated clinical setting.

Clinical Neurology

Internal Medicine

Pediatrics

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For more high-quality Step 2 topics and questions, check out other recent updates in Firecracker:

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20 Week 21 Week 22 Week 23

Happy crackin!

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 265 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Feb 6, 2015 12:56:16 PM

The most crucial exam for medical students who wish to practice medicine in the USA is Step 1 of the USMLE. A high score on Step 1 is hugely important for matching into the competitive specialty of you choice, and this truth is amplified for medical students from international schools. Roland is a third-year medical student at St. George’s University in the Caribbean, who destroyed Step 1 with a consistent approach to preparing with Firecracker. He details his experience here for you:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 257 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Feb 2, 2015 12:31:37 PM

One in four medical students in the United States currently uses Firecracker, with new members joining every day. Thousands of Firecracker members also come from different backgrounds, including international medical graduates, Australian and Caribbean medical students. Students who attend medical school outside the United States have even more reason to use reliable resources like Firecracker, as their Step 1 scores carry increased weight when it comes time to match into their preferred specialties. This third-year medical student at Ross University in the Caribbean used Firecracker consistently throughout medical school, and ultimately annihilated Step 1 of the USMLE:

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Topics: Medical Education

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