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

10 Tips for making the most of your surgery clerkship

Posted by Van Krueger on Jun 25, 2015 12:00:00 PM

No matter what field you want to go into, you have to complete a surgery rotation.  And it can be the most painful experience of your life, or you can learn from it.  So no matter your future career, it’s worth making the best of it.  It will be more tolerable, even enjoyable, and you’ll learn more.

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Topics: Medical Education, Clinical Rotations

Using Firecracker During Clinical Rotations

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on May 11, 2015 6:37:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Medical Education, How to Use Firecracker, Clinical Rotations

Top Ten Tips to Succeed on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Apr 16, 2015 1:26:30 PM

For the last few years, the Firecracker team has collected verified USMLE and COMLEX score reports, as well as qualitative data from the students who sent us their scores. At the bottom of this post, we compiled our top ten tips for effectively using Firecracker from the students who performed most exceptionally on their major exams.

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Topics: Medical Education

Top Ten Tips to Succeed on USMLE Step 1

Posted by David Guertin on Apr 16, 2015 1:26:30 PM

For the last few years, the Firecracker team has collected verified USMLE and COMLEX score reports, as well as qualitative data from the students who sent us their scores. At the bottom of this post, we compiled our top ten tips for effectively using Firecracker from the students who performed most exceptionally on their major exams.

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 248 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Mar 17, 2015 5:55:59 AM

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Firecrackers! With the right resources and a strategy for success, you won't need the luck of the Irish to earn the Step 1 score of your dreams. Firecracker integrates well with other popular resources for medical students, and serves as a replacement for many of them. Most importantly, studying efficiently through Firecracker will give you more time to spend doing what you love with friends and family. Rob is a third-year medical student at the University of Virginia who used Firecracker alongside his classes during first and second year to gradually build up his base of knowledge, leading up to this fantastic Step 1 score report:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 248 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by David Guertin on Mar 17, 2015 5:55:59 AM

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Firecrackers! With the right resources and a strategy for success, you won't need the luck of the Irish to earn the Step 1 score of your dreams. Firecracker integrates well with other popular resources for medical students, and serves as a replacement for many of them. Most importantly, studying efficiently through Firecracker will give you more time to spend doing what you love with friends and family. Rob is a third-year medical student at the University of Virginia who used Firecracker alongside his classes during first and second year to gradually build up his base of knowledge, leading up to this fantastic Step 1 score report:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 253 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Mar 6, 2015 11:09:36 AM

Happy Friday, Firecrackers! We've recently posted a few testimonials from students at Caribbean medical schools who crushed USMLE Step 1 using Firecracker. Our membership at Caribbean medical schools has skyrocketed recently, in large part because Firecracker has proven so effective as a resource for exam preparation. Below are links to our recent Caribbean Firecracker guest-authored blog posts:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 253 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by David Guertin on Mar 6, 2015 11:09:36 AM

Happy Friday, Firecrackers! We've recently posted a few testimonials from students at Caribbean medical schools who crushed USMLE Step 1 using Firecracker. Our membership at Caribbean medical schools has skyrocketed recently, in large part because Firecracker has proven so effective as a resource for exam preparation. Below are links to our recent Caribbean Firecracker guest-authored blog posts:

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 246 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by davidguertin on Mar 3, 2015 12:09:38 PM

Firecracker members include premedical and medical students from the USA, Mexico, Canada, Australia, India, Israel, Japan, Europe, and the Caribbean. We recently posted a few success stories from Caribbean medical students who used Firecracker to earn fantastic Step 1 scores. Here's how one Ross University third-year scored a 257 on Step 1, and here's how Roland, a third-year at Saint George's University, scored a 265 on the same exam in 2014.

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Topics: Medical Education

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