2017 Family Medicine Shelf Analysis

Posted by Elliott Bartsch on Aug 9, 2017 11:59:39 AM

We've made an analysis of Firecracker's effect on Family Medicine NBME shelf scores.1 We compared the Family Medicine NBME shelf scores of these Firecracker users against the nation average and found Firecracker users score an average of 7 points higher.

Distribution of Scores:

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Topics: Clinical Rotations, Clerkships, Family Medicine, Data Science

Enhancing your Efficiency to Ramp up Retention

Posted by David Guertin on Jun 23, 2017 4:52:45 PM

Although Firecracker is a very comprehensive resource offering thousands of all-original board-style practice clinical vignettes, tens of thousands of direct recall questions and in-depth topics with citations for everything you need to know, most students actually report saving time when they use Firecracker for their studies. We've optimized our mobile app for speed, and recently implemented some new features on the web, including the ever-popular Shot Clock, to help you crush questions quickly. Here, we'll break down best practices for studying efficiently with Firecracker, which is available at an excellent sale price this month:

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Topics: USMLE, Big Data, How to Use Firecracker, Clinical Rotations, Mobile Apps, Customer Support, Content

More Clerkships from Firecracker: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN and Surgery

Posted by Nate Green on Feb 21, 2017 11:05:30 AM

As promised, our team of editors has continued work to produce more clerkship modules for Firecracker members. We now offer seven clerkship modules: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Family Medicine. You can sign up for one at a time - or get all of them with Firecracker MD and Firecracker DO.

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, Clinical Rotations, Clerkships

Pediatrics and Psychiatry Clerkships on Firecracker

Posted by Nate Green on Dec 16, 2016 4:46:32 PM

Firecracker has embarked on a new project: creating new modules for all the major Clerkships. Last month we released the Family Medicine Clerkship, and today we’re excited to launch Pediatrics and Psychiatry Clerkships. In addition to getting these as part of any Step 2 CK Firecracker membership, you can also buy them separately for only $40 for a month of access. You can access these new modules from Study Something Specific by choosing them directly from the dropdown at the top of the page.

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, Clinical Rotations, Clerkships

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

How this Firecracker aced all the Shelfs and scored a 271 on USMLE Step 2 CK

Posted by David Guertin on Oct 6, 2016 4:36:29 PM

For years, Firecracker has proven extremely effective as a resource for preclinical classes and USMLE Step 1 preparation. Thousands of third-year medical students are now also using Firecracker alongside their clinical rotations, and to prepare for major exams including USMLE Step 2 CK, Shelfs, COMLEX Level 2, and COMATs. Suat, a fourth-year medical student who picked up Firecracker as a primary resource during clerkships, graciously shares some wise words of experience here:

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Topics: USMLE, USMLE Step 2 CK, Clinical Rotations

Firecracker from Step 1 to Step 2

Posted by David Guertin on Jul 12, 2016 4:27:54 PM

Firecracker members have consistently crushed their boards since day one, and in recent years we have made huge strides in developing world-class content for clinical rotations, USMLE Step 2, and Shelf exams. You can use the same Firecracker account to conveniently transition into your clinical year studies after completing Step 1, and here's how: 

1. Go to your Account and Settings page via the navigation panel on the left side of Firecracker's webpage. Scroll down to the "Path to Success" section, and select the new Test you are preparing for from the dropdown menu. Adjust your Goal score and Exam date as needed, and make sure you click the "Save Study Plan Changes" button: 

2. Firecracker will automatically adjust your Today's To-Do's recommendations according to whichever Test you are preparing for. When browsing content on the Study Something Specific page, you'll find that Step 2 materials are now the default there as well. You can still easily access our pre-clinical content for review.

3. On the Take an Exam page, you'll find timed practice exams in our board-style exam interface to help you prepare for your Shelf Exams and USMLE Step 2: 

4. Firecracker's authors and editors wrote up this guide on how to make the most of our platform during your clinical rotations, and I recorded this in-depth video demonstration for clinical year success strategies.

5. In the last 30-90 days before your Step 2 test date, activate Dedicated Test Prep Mode in Firecracker. We released this upgrade only two months ago, and about 500 medical students are currently using our Dedicated Test Prep Mode for USMLE Step 2.

I hope you found this guide helpful for transitioning to your clinical years with Firecracker, and as always, please don't be shy to ask us any questions you have. All the best,

David J. Guertin

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, How to Use Firecracker, Firecracker, Clinical Rotations

Firecracker for Your Clinical Years - Demo

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Jun 7, 2016 9:24:36 AM

On June 6th David Guertin led a demonstration of how to use Firecracker's Step 2 module to prepare for rotations:

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, How to Use Firecracker, Clinical Rotations

Update: Using Firecracker During Clinical Rotations

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on May 25, 2016 11:02:50 AM

This is an updated version of the guide we published last year, updated to reflect the new Firecracker MD/DO and Q-bank integration on Firecracker. Thanks to Firecracker editor Dhara Kinariwala for making this update!

Third year has finally arrived. You get to do what you’ve always wanted to do: see patients. Step 1 is long gone, and you’ve hopefully had some time to rest and relax before starting clinical rotations.

So how can you study effectively during your clinical years?

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, How to Use Firecracker, Clinical Rotations, Clerkships

Preparing for Your Family Medicine Rotation

Posted by Van Krueger on Nov 4, 2015 1:54:46 PM

Preparing for your Family Medicine Rotation

Your family medicine clerkship is a rotation unlike any other in terms of the day to day experience (and, unfortunately, the final exam- more on than later).  Unlike other rotations, in family medicine rotations you are paired up with a family practitioner and spend all day, every day of the rotation working right alongside her/him.  Odds are you will spend more time with that attending then all other attendings of your core clerkships combined.  In most schools, you are matched with physicians in surrounding rural areas and might even end up living there during the week.  This is a unique opportunity to experience rural medicine. 

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Topics: Clinical Rotations, Clerkships, Family Medicine

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