Trevor Rosenlof

Trevor Rosenlof is Firecracker’s Director of Content. He’s also a graduate of Tulane Medical School, heading off to start his Transitional Year residency in Knoxville, followed by ophthalmology in Columbia, Missouri.

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Update: Using Firecracker During Clinical Rotations

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on May 25, 2016 11:02:50 AM

This is an updated version of the guide we published last year, updated to reflect the new Firecracker MD/DO and Q-bank integration on Firecracker. Thanks to Firecracker editor Dhara Kinariwala for making this update!

Third year has finally arrived. You get to do what you’ve always wanted to do: see patients. Step 1 is long gone, and you’ve hopefully had some time to rest and relax before starting clinical rotations.

So how can you study effectively during your clinical years?

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, How to Use Firecracker, Clinical Rotations, Clerkships

Clinical Vignettes: Powering Firecracker Exams

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Nov 23, 2015 9:27:44 PM

If you're not yet a Firecracker member you can sign up for free - instant access to over 2000 clinical vignettes to help you practice and prepare for USMLE Step 1. https://med.firecracker.me/signup 

The team here at Firecracker is super excited to announce the introduction practice exams as part of our core product!  And as part of this introduction, I’d like to explain a bit about our clinical vignettes (CVs), including the history of our CVs, how many we have, where they came from, who writes and edits them, what makes a good CV, how to integrate them into your studies, and much more.  There is an insane amount that can be said about CVs, way more than can be written in a single post.  So this is the first of many to come.

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Topics: USMLE, Practice Exams, Exams

New Practice Anatomy Exam

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Oct 29, 2015 12:16:03 PM

Did you ever join some kind of club and have to be initiated into that club?  Well for medical school, anatomy is kind of like your initiation.  Everyone has to go through it.   It happens at the beginning of your first year.  There are many unpleasant experiences associated with anatomy.  For the most part, students are pretty excited when it’s over.

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Topics: Practice Exams

How to Balance Family and Medical School

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Jun 29, 2015 12:17:23 PM

It had been a rough day. My attending was in a horrible mood. I blew up the balloon for the foley catheter before it was fully inserted in a patient we were doing surgery on.  I forgot to follow-up on some labs for a patient I was seeing, and was reprimanded in front of the entire medical team.  I was too busy for lunch, and my stomach had been alternating between pain and nausea.  My surgery shelf exam was coming up, and I was woefully behind on my studies. On top of it all I had been getting about 4 hours of sleep a night for the past few weeks. I asked myself, “So why did I decide to go into medicine?”

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

Using Firecracker Between Year 1 and Year 2

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Jun 12, 2015 3:41:00 PM

It’s summer time!  Congratulations on surviving your 1st year of medical school.  You are likely done with the smell of formaldehyde.  You’re ready for a well-deserved break.  It’s time to catch up on sleep, visit family and friends, travel, or maybe even do a research project.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Summer Study Plan

Medical Students Chart the Darndest Things

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Jun 11, 2015 2:57:10 PM
When I started my rotations in third year, it was on a regular basis that I said or wrote something that was… well… embarrassing.  Perhaps it was simply inaccurate.  Or maybe it wasn’t the correct way to word whatever it was I was trying to communicate.  My initial reaction was to try and hide my inadequacies by not speaking up.  I didn’t want to expose myself.  But I quickly learned that the vast majority of doctors and residents I worked with didn’t care if I made a mistake as long as I tried and was willing to learn.  What would make them upset was a lack of effort on my part.  In fact, physicians liked me more and trusted me more if I was willing to be vocal with my thoughts and ideas, no matter how off they were.  Doing so let them know where I was at in terms of my understanding.  It also gave them a chance to teach me, which is the whole purpose of medical school.

I also learned that I wasn’t alone in making myself look like a fool.  My classmates were in the same boat as me and made mistakes as well.  And our mistakes were often quite funny.  It’s healthy to laugh at ourselves, individually and collectively.  And with that in mind, here is a list of comical things that have been written in patient charts over the years.

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Topics: For Fun, Residency

Using Firecracker During Clinical Rotations

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on May 11, 2015 6:37:00 PM

Third year has finally arrived. You get to do what you’ve always wanted to do: see patients. Step 1 is long gone, and you’ve hopefully had some time to rest and relax before starting clinical rotations.

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Topics: Medical Education, How to Use Firecracker, Clinical Rotations

Matching Into Ophthalmology: A “How to”, Part 2

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on May 1, 2015 7:00:00 AM

In part 1 of Matching Into Ophthalmology we covered the credentials and scores that you need to get into an ophthalmology residency. What follows is anecdotal information/advice. But having gone through the application and match process, I think it holds merit because there were some definite patterns I saw.

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Topics: Residency, Matching, Specialties

Matching Into Ophthalmology: A “How to”, Part I

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Apr 15, 2015 8:46:41 PM

“What are my chances of matching ophthalmology? Am I going to make it? Do I even have a shot, or is it just wishful thinking?”

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Topics: Residency

Using Firecracker During Your Dedicated Step 1 Prep

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Apr 2, 2015 9:50:13 PM

“I just wish I had started Firecracker earlier!”

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Topics: Tales from the front line, USMLE Step 1, Firecracker

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