New Today: Videos, Wiki, & PubMed articles in Firecracker!

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 24, 2017 7:13:11 PM
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Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of a huge new addition to Firecracker: YouTube videos, PubMed articles, and Wikipedia entries, all dynamically pulled and automatically associated with all of the concepts within Firecracker. For every paying Firecracker student (womp - sorry temporary trialers), you can now access these immediately by clicking the new Resource icon (next to citations and notes) whenever you encounter a concept in Firecracker, whether that’s during a review session or while reading through Study Something Specific.


These new resources were added using the US National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings database (whew!). By using this official database of medical terms and keywords, we were able to automatically pull the relevant open-source educational resources for each of our concepts in Firecracker. As always, there are a few pros and cons to this. First, the pros: By pulling resources dynamically rather than manually curating them, we were able to quickly compile and release this new content for your use. Even more, we can ensure that we’re always pulling the most recently published resources since we won’t have to manually edit and replace them in the future. Now for the con: Sometimes you might find that a laugh-worthy resource has sneakily made its way into the mix (such as the one below). In the short term, just chuckle and skip on by (free Firecracker swag to the funniest one screenshotted and tweeted to @firecrackerinc). That said, we will soon be adding Reddit-style voting to each of these resources, allowing you to partner with your Firecracker peers and help us curate the most valuable resources. We’re pretty confident this will take care of all of those outliers, and overall, we think the pros drastically outweigh this pesky little con.


Another important note: This is the first of three major content updates coming to Firecracker before the end of August. While we will announce the other two ASAP, we do want to give you a head’s up now: Given the size and value of the upcoming updates, we will be raising the price of Firecracker MD starting on Monday, August 28th when all of these additions go live. So, if you’d like to lock in Firecracker and all of the upcoming updates at our currently discounted price of $250 for 2 years, you should join Firecracker right away!

That’s all for now. As always, if you have any suggestions for which resources you’d like to see us add next, please feel free to let us know. Otherwise, we’ll keep doing our best to make Firecracker the single most valuable resource available.


Keith Frankel

Chief Product Officer

Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Content

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