Keith Frankel

Chief Experience Officer at Firecracker & Host of CreativeMornings Boston. A recovering reality TV producer @MTV.
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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

Introducing Firecracker Board Bundles, a better way to UFAP.

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 29, 2017 4:30:17 PM

We get it: Sometimes the traditional way just seems easier. Use exactly what students have been using for years, don’t take a risk by trying something cutting edge, and trust the safe path to get you where you want to go. If only that path didn’t cost nearly $1000 each year, am I right? Well now, it doesn’t. Say hello to Firecracker’s new Step 1 & COMLEX L1 Board Bundles, more effective – cost and otherwise – alternatives to the traditional UFAP + Sketchy approach to board preparation. For 75% less than you’ll pay for UFAP + Sketchy, you can get the equivalent content in Firecracker, plus all of the features, functionality, and service that more than 150,000 medical students have trusted to improve their board scores by 16 points.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

New Today: Videos, Wiki, & PubMed articles in Firecracker!

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 24, 2017 7:13:11 PM

Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of a huge new addition to Firecracker: YouTube videos, PubMed articles, and Wikipedia entries, all dynamically pulled and automatically associated with all of the concepts within Firecracker. For every paying Firecracker student (womp - sorry temporary trialers), you can now access these immediately by clicking the new Resource icon (next to citations and notes) whenever you encounter a concept in Firecracker, whether that’s during a review session or while reading through Study Something Specific.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Content

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 4, 2017 5:22:50 PM

1 year of Firecracker for $180 through August.

At Firecracker, one of the goals of our product team is to release improvements to the platform as frequently as possible, with our ideal release cadence being every week or two. And rather than charge our users an additional fee for access to each new feature we improve or launch, we automatically grandfather all existing users into all new features. We figure since you committed to us, it’s the least we could do. So with that said, we’re excited to preview a few upcoming features which we’ll be launching this month.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Firecracker

Daily Study Times in Firecracker (Coming Soon)

Posted by Keith Frankel on Jun 28, 2017 1:22:27 PM

Wouldn’t it be cool if every time you came into Firecracker you could set a timer to help pace yourself and keep track of exactly how much time you had available to study that day? Well soon, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do. In early July, we’ll be launching Daily Study Timers, allowing you to set a daily timer directly from your task list on Today’s To-Dos (video demo below!) Not to be confused with our single review session Shot Clock, the Study Timer will countdown while you’re working through any Firecracker material, as well as pause whenever it notices a period of inactivity. Best yet, whenever you turn off the timer or it naturally comes to an end, you will immediately receive a pop up which gives you a summary of what you completed during the allotted time, such as number of questions answered, topics marked, and notes added.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

New Firecracker Products are Here

Posted by Keith Frankel on Feb 10, 2017 12:40:35 PM

Today we’re excited to announce the launch of a new suite of Firecracker products. Until now, all of our features and content were available in two subscriptions: Firecracker MD & DO. These contained everything we’ve ever built: complete topic coverage for Step 1, Step 2, and COMLEX exams, as well Clerkships, Dedicated Test Prep mode, and High Yield mode. Beginning today, though, we’re offering a set of these as standalone products. You can now purchase High Yield only mode as a standalone for Step 1, Step 2, or COMLEX Level 1 exams. These feature a smaller content set and a single board practice exam. In addition, you can also now purchase each of our Clerkships as standalone products, each containing only the relevant topics and a single shelf practice exam to help you as you’re running around the wards.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Clerkships, High Yield

Inclusivity and the Importance of Diversity in Healthcare

Posted by Keith Frankel on Feb 8, 2017 11:54:21 AM

Firecracker’s mission has always been to improve both the accessibility and quality of healthcare around the world, and our chosen path to doing so has been to better train the next generation of life-improving physicians. Over the course of the last seven years, more than 150,000 medical students – all from different ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds – have joined us on this mission. Without each of them, Firecracker would not be where it is today, and the future of healthcare around the world would be just a bit more bleak.

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Topics: Medicine & Healthcare, Diversity, Policy

Our Products: They Are A-Changin’

Posted by Keith Frankel on Feb 3, 2017 2:57:21 PM

For years we’ve considered unbundling the entire suite of Firecracker’s features and content so students could buy exactly what they need, exactly when they need it – all at price points that are fair and reflect those different degrees of access. And believe it or not, we’re finally ready to try it. So beginning next week, in addition to offering our current Firecracker MD & Firecracker DO full-suite products, we’re also going to be offering the following exam-specific standalone products for purchase: 

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Clerkships, High Yield

Join and Give

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 26, 2016 4:40:52 PM

The debates are tonight, but let’s come together and do some good.

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About Firecracker

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 23, 2016 4:52:00 PM
When we reminded users about our Q-bank a couple weeks ago we discovered that some students  didn't know we had a Q-bank. The platform has changed a lot in the past 12 months, so we put together this refresher about Firecracker.
  1. Firecracker is not just a flashcard app.

Many first year students ask us why they should buy Firecracker instead of one of many “other” flashcard apps. While we can understand the confusion (after all, Firecracker does believe in the power of active recall questions in ensuring long-term retention), we nevertheless view it akin to comparing apples and oranges. Firecracker contains a Q-Bank of thousands of board-style clinical vignettes, a dozen prebuilt practice exams,daily patient cases, readable summaries of all of the testable topic areas, a substantially more advanced algorithm, special modes for both High Yield-only studying and dedicated board prep period, integrated note taking capabilities, and automated remediation tasks to shore up any weak areas. That said, for those students who find success with straightforward flashcard apps, we recommend Anki as a great choice. But for students looking for a more comprehensive platform that can be used throughout medical school, Firecracker is a better choice. 

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Firecracker algorithm, Q-bank, High Yield

Welcome to Firecracker

Firecracker is an adaptive learning platform that uses amazing content coupled with spaced repetition to help medical students crush their exams. We offer programs for both individual students, and entire medical schools. If you'd like to learn more contact us at chat@firecracker.me.

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