It's the End of Back to School at Firecracker

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Sep 28, 2017 4:21:29 PM

We're wrapping up our annual Back to School sale, for new students Firecracker is $300 for 2 years through Saturday at 8 p.m.

If you join now - this is what's on the immediate horizon for Firecracker. Coming to Firecracker in October:

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Topics: Medical Education

"Winning" in Medical School

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 27, 2017 2:06:16 PM

Over the past 8 years, more than 150,000 medical students have used Firecracker, and on average, they score 16 points higher on their USMLE Step 1 board exams, regardless of incoming MCAT score. We recently asked a group of our most successful past students what advice they’d give new med students regarding how to “win” at medical school. Here are four tips that we've gathered, from their experiences.

The end of our Back to School seasonal sale is this Saturday - 'til then, you can get Firecracker MD and DO - all flash cards, q-bank, and practice exams - for $300 for 2 years (or any other term you need). Here.

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Topics: Medical Education, How to Use Firecracker

FIMRC: Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children

Posted by Emily Baillieul on May 3, 2017 4:54:36 PM

Way back in time, in the distant days of 2006, Firecracker's CEO Ben Williams was getting his start as the head of an organization called FIMRC. FIMRC is the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, a non-profit that runs sites and clinics all over the world to provide families with access to medical care. 

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Topics: Pre-Medical Education, Medical Education, FIMRC

How this Firecracker scored a 267 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by David Guertin on Oct 24, 2016 3:27:58 PM

Developing smart and consistent study habits separates successful med students from the rest of the pack. Sarah is a third-year at Rutgers-NJMS who began using Firecracker about a year ago. Through reviewing first-year materials alongside her second-year coursework, she stamped a very comprehensive knowledgebase into her long-term memory. Sarah's studies resulted in stupendous success on Step 1, and her study strategies are now second-nature for her clinical clerkships. She's written this summary of how she did it for you:

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Topics: Medical Education, USMLE Step 1, Clinical Rotations

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

Substantiated Summer Study Strategies for Success

Posted by David Guertin on Apr 25, 2016 3:47:50 PM

"How should I use Firecracker over the summer?" 

It's a question we've started receiving quite a bit. Over time, we’ve compiled dozens of in-depth study plans, tens of thousands of verified score reports, and a few hundred million questions completed to provide accurate recommendations for best practices. Still, some of the most illustrative insights into effective study strategies are best directly provided by our valued users. Below are some personal experiences that some of the most successful Firecracker members have shared regarding how to use Firecracker over the summer:

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Topics: USMLE, Medical Education, How to Use Firecracker, COMLEX, Testimonial, Q-bank

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

Firecracker’s First Study Jam

Posted by David Guertin on Nov 17, 2015 8:42:02 PM

Last week we held our first ever study jam. Study Jams are monthly in-person and on-campus gatherings hosted by Firecracker tutors to help students discuss medical education, study methods, and study. A Study Jam can be almost anything, from working on case studies and questions together, to discussing the logistics of preparing for the USMLE when you’re already a full time, working doctor. The intent is to help students meet, share knowledge and best practices, and support each other as they’re completing their medical degree or licensure.

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Topics: USMLE, Medical Education, Study Jams

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 New Age "Gunner"

Posted by Adnan Khera on Jul 22, 2015 1:00:00 PM

It's no longer enough to just be a doctor.

This sentiment echoes loudly throughout the corridors of medicine today. At one point, you could just be a clinician. This has changed. Doctors are no longer able or expected to know everything. Atul Gawande has (rightfully) expressed how the medical culture must shift away from a culture of lone rangers to a pit crew model to limit costs and improve outcomes. With strong data in favor of this model, it is shown that medicine needs technicians, not thinkers.

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Topics: Medical Education

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