Meet Trevor Rosenlof, Editor-in-Chief at Firecracker!

Posted by Ben Williams on Apr 9, 2014 7:12:02 AM

To kick off our series on the editors who author Firecracker's world-class content, we'd like to introduce you to Trevor Rosenlof, Editor-in-Chief!


From Ridgecrest, CA, Trevor is the third of five children. He always had a strong interest in math and science and originally wanted to get a PhD in physics. In 2010, Trevor earned his bachelor's degree in neuroscience from BYU. He is now studying at Tulane University School of Medicine while also overseeing the team of editors here at Firecracker!

A little more about Trevor:

  • Loves sports (but says he's better at watching them than playing...)
  • Served a mission trip for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tennessee, speaking Spanish
  • Married in 2010, and now has two children: a two year-old son and an eleven month-old daughter
  • Favorite movies: episodes 4-6 of Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Batman Begins
  • Favorite book: Ender's Shadow
  • Favorite food: supreme pizza
  • Best vacation: honeymoon in Hawaii


Trevor, 2nd grade. If he were not accepted into medical school, professional body-building was his backup plan.

We asked Trevor a few questions about Firecracker, medical school, and the field of medicine in general.

Q: When and how did you get involved with Firecracker?

A: I started using the product from day 1 of medical school and loved it from the start. I saw on the site that the company was looking for editors. I actually wasn't that interested, more just curious. I emailed them and right away was set up with a screening project. Everything about it was funner than I anticipated, and I have immensely enjoyed what I do with Firecracker ever since. It is truly a job that I am passionate about.

Q: What would you be doing if you were not in medical school?

A: Potentially physics, since that was my initial plan. When I learned Spanish as a missionary, I realized that I had a great love for languages. I took some German classes and strongly considered linguistics as well.

Q: What has been your favorite experience in medical school so far?

A: I'd have to say my surgery rotation. I went into 3rd year pretty sure that I would not like anything about surgery. But I had an AMAZING experience. The attending I was with was perfect for me. He pushed me, was always critical, but in a positive and constructive way. No matter how good or bad I did, I always felt a genuine desire to perform better the next day. He let me perform all kinds of procedures in the OR. I actually got to take out a gallbladder (it was literally under my control), I sutured all the time, and I was 1st assist on almost all the cases I scrubbed in on.

Q: If there was one thing you could change about medical education, what would it be?

A: This is a tough one, because there are a lot of things that could be better. Luckily, educators are putting forth sincere effort to make positive changes. I wish that students were allowed more freedom to study as they wish, when they wish, what they wish, etc. Students still should be required to take various standardized exams, but in my opinion, students should be allowed the latitude to learn in a way that is best for them but still gets them the knowledge they need.

Q: If there was one thing you could change about the field of medicine in general, what would it be?

A: There is currently intense interest in health care and how to optimize care while minimizing cost. And at the end of the day, it is a very complex issue, and I have yet to hear a plan that addresses all the needs. And I don't think it is possible to have a system in place unless there is greater personal accountability on all involved. If you look at many rules and regulations in place, they are often aimed at preventing fraud and misuse of the system. But it takes so many resources to enforce those rules, and then there are always going to be loop-holes. But if there was a way to incentivize honesty and integrity in all players in healthcare (patients, nurses, physicians, insurance, techs, etc.), then a lot of these issues would be much easier to solve.


Trevor and his son "imprisoned" in New Orleans

Keep checking the blog as we continue to profile our awesome editors!

- The Firecracker Team

Topics: Medical Education

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