2016 Year in Review Survey

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Jul 31, 2016 1:02:44 PM

Every year, we survey medical students and doctors about their experiences in school, studying, and working. Our goal is to learn what helps medical students and doctors be successful, how they’re feeling about their vocation and, more broadly, about life in medicine. We’re excited to announce that we’ve just opened our 2016 survey.

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Topics: Medical Education, Life Outside Medicine, Survey

The 2015 Year in Review Survey

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Aug 5, 2015 11:27:22 AM

We’ve just launched our annual Year in Review Survey. Last year we were able to gather thousands of survey responses from medical students that provided insights into the fascinating lifestyles of medical school students. This year, we hope to do more, learning about life for both medical students and recent medical school graduates: From the ways you manage your time to the study resources you use, we will extrapolate interesting findings from the survey and publish summary statistics later this summer.

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Topics: For Fun, Medical Education, Life Outside Medicine

The Value of Individuality in Medicine to Medicine

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jul 16, 2015 1:52:51 PM

Dr. John J Bonica is proclaimed the founding father of pain medicine. Long before and well into his career in medicine, however, he lived a secretive double life as a circus performer and professional wrestler. As a performer and athlete, few knew that he was a physician because his image as a vicious mongrel would be jeopardized. And in his physician life, few knew about his extracurricular endeavors because he feared being seen as a brute with no brains. What an ironic state of partial existence to experience where he couldn't be all of what he was anywhere except in his own mind.

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

Tips for Starting a Service Project

Posted by Steven Tersigni on Jul 1, 2015 12:02:00 PM

Many people in the process of medical training have a desire to help the underserved. Whether you're in medical school and want to do more to help those that need a little extra help, or are a pre-med looking to expand your exposure to medicine while you help the less fortunate, there are opportunities almost everywhere. However, oftentimes there isn't a program set up already that caters to what you would like to do. Fret not! With a little bit of work and determination, you can oftentimes create your own opportunities and programs that can have lasting effects.

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

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

How to Be Competitive Without Research

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jun 27, 2015 1:00:00 PM

I have never published a research paper or abstract. I have never presented a poster. I have no extra graduate degrees. I didn't take any time off before or during medical school. I have done no mission trips. I have average exam scores. And I'm not even that good looking. Nevertheless, I have managed to successfully carve through the medical training system. How? By being interesting. 

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

In Support of Marriage Equality

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jun 26, 2015 3:15:19 PM

 In honor of the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, we are proud to voice our support with the Firecracker "Pride" logo! At Firecracker we support the right for all couples to marry regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

 

Special thanks to Keith Frankel, Chief Experience Officer, and Jonah Stuart, our Senior UX Designer, for their timely response to this occasion.  

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

Deciding to Have a Baby in Medical School

Posted by Megan Lord on May 21, 2015 7:08:00 AM

Hey everyone! For those who don’t know me (which is probably most of you), I’m Megan Lord, one of the editors here at Firecracker, and I’ve been asked to take a minute to talk to you about one of the most unique aspects of my medical school experience: having a baby in medical school.

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

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