SketchyMicro and Pathoma Companions

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Nov 19, 2017 12:31:34 PM

This Friday we released two new PDF books to members: SketchyMicro and Pathoma companions. Like our other textbooks, these are complete renderings of Firecracker’s SketchyMicro and Pathoma topic coverage, complete with images, tables and charts. Each chapter links back to the relevant topic inside Firecracker so that you can kick off a flash card or test-question session directly.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Textbooks

Update to our Family Medicine Clerkship Product

Posted by Nate Green on Nov 13, 2017 9:35:00 AM

We recently added three additional topics to the Family Medicine Clerkship product:

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, How to Use Firecracker, Family Medicine

New: Re-do questions from your Daily Review

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 20, 2017 5:04:13 PM

Wouldn't it be cool if, after the completion of your daily flashcards, you were able to re-do specifics cards again without having to work through the entire task a second time? For example if you wanted to just focus on the cards you rated a 1 or 2, or re-review flashcards from Urgent topics regardless of rating. Well, now you can!

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

‘Get Ahead’ on Your Daily Patient Cases

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 6, 2017 4:00:58 PM

As you likely know, each day Firecracker assigns you a single Daily Patient Case from our Q-bank which we think you have a 50% chance of answering correctly based on your past progress and performance. The goal of these cases is simple: get you comfortable answering board-style questions as early into your medical education as possible. Well today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a big update: you can now do as many of these cases as you’d like each day via our new Daily Patient Case ‘Get Ahead’ task!

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Q-bank, Daily Patient Cases

Progress Tracking in Study Something Specific

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 5, 2017 5:52:10 PM

Until today, in Study Something Specific, you could review your progress and performance across each of the testable subject areas for your board exams. Some of the stats we showed were the number and percentage of topics you’ve marked, flashcards you’ve reviewed, and clinical vignettes you’ve answered. Today, though, we’re excited to announce the launch an update to Study Something Specific. Now, not only will you be able to see even more progress stats, including the amount of content which is at risk of being forgotten from each of your content modules, but you’ll also find it much easier to navigate and drill into specific modules.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

"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

Pronunciations and Definitions on Firecracker

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 20, 2017 5:52:41 PM

Ever had to pronounce 'choledocolithiasis’ in class? We can guess how that went…

Well kiss all of those embarrassing moments goodbye. Today, we’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Merriam Webster to bring definitions and pronunciations for nearly 60,000 medical terms to Firecracker. 

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

Introducing Firecracker Board Bundles, a better way to UFAP.

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 29, 2017 4:30:17 PM

We get it: Sometimes the traditional way just seems easier. Use exactly what students have been using for years, don’t take a risk by trying something cutting edge, and trust the safe path to get you where you want to go. If only that path didn’t cost nearly $1000 each year, am I right? Well now, it doesn’t. Say hello to Firecracker’s new Step 1 & COMLEX L1 Board Bundles, more effective – cost and otherwise – alternatives to the traditional UFAP + Sketchy approach to board preparation. For 75% less than you’ll pay for UFAP + Sketchy, you can get the equivalent content in Firecracker, plus all of the features, functionality, and service that more than 150,000 medical students have trusted to improve their board scores by 16 points.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

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

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 24, 2017 7:13:11 PM

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.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Content

Study Groups are LIVE in Firecracker

Posted by Jason Zopf on Aug 21, 2017 2:06:20 PM

Group study can help students keep themselves on track by limiting procrastination, forcing a schedule and leveraging the perspectives and knowledge of other students. Like maybe Biochemistry isn’t your best subject, but another student may have tips and tactics that shore up your knowledge.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Study Groups

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