Firecracker for Continuous Quality Improvement

Posted by Ben Williams on Jun 28, 2017 6:10:34 PM

Firecracker's evolution from student study aid to programmatic assessment system for health science schools.

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Topics: Accreditation

Evidence-based learning strategies

Posted by Sean Horgan on May 17, 2017 9:54:09 AM

Firecracker’s platform supports schools who wish to integrate proven learning strategies throughout their programs in a pedagogically robust manner. The table below lists just a few studies highlighting the impact to student outcomes that these proven techniques enable.

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science, Spaced Learning, Evidence-based

Intersection of FERPA and Medical School Accreditation

Posted by Ben Williams on May 3, 2017 4:26:51 PM

We occasionally get questions on FERPA compliance so I thought I'd share some of our thoughts from working through these questions with our 20+ school partners. 

If we (Firecracker or any other service/product provider) are an institutional affiliate, schools can share Personally Identifiable Information (PII) with the service/product provider. This is usually well understood by our partners and common practice in the industry. 

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Topics: LCME, COCA, FERPA, Accredidation

Summer Study Programs

Posted by Joana Murphy on Apr 13, 2017 5:58:07 PM

Many of our school partners ask us how they can utilize Firecracker to help support some students that fell behind a specific course or a few courses during their first year in medical school. Some students can be asked to re-do their first year, but in certain cases where a student only struggled in one course they would like the student to remediate just that specific course. Due to staff constraints and inflexibility of traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS), many schools can't easily leverage the original course material and have no way of monitoring their progress for whatever work they need to complete. 

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Topics: Summer Study Plan, remediation

Firecracker Question Design, Development, and Data

Posted by Nate Green on Mar 22, 2017 12:47:53 PM

If you’ve ever wondered, there’s a lot that goes on behind making a Firecracker question. Here’s a glance into some of the details that go unnoticed. You’ll see how serious (and picky) we are with the process.

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Identifying and remediating at-risk students

Posted by Sean Horgan on Jan 10, 2017 9:35:34 AM

As we turn the corner into 2017, many students and faculty at medical schools shift their focus toward planning for licensing exams. For schools that integrate preparation for these exams into their curriculum, they probably know which students are at risk of underperforming. Here is a screenshot of the dashboard we provide to our partners:

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Topics: USMLE Step 1, At-risk, LCME, Institution Dashboard

Holiday reading list: JAMA Medical Education issue

Posted by Sean Horgan on Dec 23, 2016 10:43:27 AM

In the event that you are looking for some reading over the holidays, we highly recommend the annual Medical Education issue (12/6/2016) of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). You can listen to the Editor's Audio Summary by Robert M. Golub, MD, Deputy Editor of JAMA or read full articles using the online JAMA reader app.

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Topics: Medical Education, JAMA

11 most common "Noncompliance" findings by LCME

Posted by Sean Horgan on Nov 12, 2016 6:00:01 PM

Firecracker is here at AAMC 2016 and we'll be posting some insights from many of the great sessions. One of these sessions was LCME Accreditation: A Tool for Improvement, presented by the following faculty and staff:

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Topics: AAMC, LCME

Come visit Firecracker at the 2016 AAMC Conference in Seattle

Posted by Sean Horgan on Nov 11, 2016 8:56:23 AM

We're excited to launch our new Institution Dashboard at this year's AAMC Conference. Swing by our booth (#429) which is strategically located right across from the food and beverage area. Our team is already on the ground and we'll be there through Tuesday 11/15. You can learn more about our new dashboard and how best to connect with us by visiting our dashboard page:

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Topics: AAMC

The Growing Importance of the Step 2CK

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jul 13, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Source: National Resident Matching Program

The Step 2CK is the second part of the USMLE board exam and is used to assess a medical student’s clinical knowledge. Despite comprising a third of the entire USMLE board exam, the Step 2CK is often regarded as less important than the Step 1, requiring significantly less effort and preparation. I spoke with a residency director who told me that while a strong Step 1 score is important for matching with top-tier residency programs, the need for strong Step 2CK scores is evident. Rising Step 1 scores, combined with ever-increasing competition for a limited number of residency berths, are making the step 2CK more important for all medical students.

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, Firecracker for Schools

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