Medical Education – FIRECRACKER

Hello – I’ve got a discount on Firecracker to share.


This post is useful for students in medicine, nursing, and other health sciences, preparing for their board licensing and or certificate examinations.

Hello – I’ve got a discount on Firecracker to share. It provides discounts on 1 year subscription, or 2 years and lots of other terms as well.

This will give you access to all USMLE Step 1, Step 2, and COMLEX content as well as the Q-bank and library of 15 practice exams!

“In a 2007 report by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) entitled “Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning”, the IES isolated a collection of principles from hundreds of studies on student and instructor behavior to inform the education community of actionable techniques that improve learning outcomes. Firecracker embodies these principles through a combinatorial approach of curriculum alignment, daily concept review, and higher-order assessment.”FIRECRACKER EFFICACY REPORT

Firecracker integrates content from Sketchy Micro, Pathoma and Wikipedia to provide Flash Cards that are tailored to meet your para-study needs as well as other fun stuff like group study, daily clinical vignette, timed study, inter-med school competition etc.


Other cool features:

Firecracker Board Bundles offers a more effective alternative to the traditional UFAP + Sketchy approach to board prep. They’ve combined a U-World inspired Qbank, thousands of First Aid-style topic summaries, and two companion content modules for Pathoma and Sketchy. All in a single package. All for less than 25% of what you’d pay for those others.

Study Something Specific allows you to study something other than what Firecracker recommends for you each day, it provides you with a way to tell Firecracker  what you’ve learned each week, and also, allows you to prioritize everything you’ve learned for review.

The Firecracker App is delightful to look at and easily navigable, it is available for download on the Apple App store for iOS and Google Play Store for Android operating systems.

Don’t forget to disable adblock on your browser before you sign up, the link expires after 24 hours but that’s okay, it is always here when you need it!

Click on this link to sign up today: 😉

Medical Education – LECTURIO

This post is useful for students in medicine, nursing, and other health sciences, preparing for their board licensing and or certificate examinations.

I want to introduce you to this new resource I have been using. It is called Lecturio and they have been helping me a lot with med school and board exam prep. Their aim is to spread knowledge and make high-quality medical education available to as many students as possible worldwide and I must say that I have looked around and they have the highest quality high-yield video lectures from Ivy League professors along with recall questions, updated articles, study materials, and information germane to Medical Education like this one. 

Download The Lecturio 99-Day USMLE® Step 1 Study Schedule designed to help you make the most of your subscription.


Sign up on for FREE and subscribe with a Study Plan that fits your needs, you have the option of choosing between 1 month, 3 months or 12 months of unlimited access to lecture videos from world-class instructors and also unlimited access to the new Lecturio Question Bank (QBank) that boasts of more than 1,000 high-yield and 1,600 recall questions..

LECTURIO is an online and offline audio-visual learning platform, LECTURIO App is available on Android and iOS, this is very important because you get to study on the go and save data you would’ve used if you were streaming all those important videos in your spare time, it essentially converts your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device into your mobile classroom. To know more about how this platform can help you in your medical school journey, visit here.

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Thank you. I wish everyone in this medical school journey all the best in their exam prep and future careers!



Sun-tzu, The Art of War

“Master Sun said:

The Skillful Warrior
            The potential energy;
            He does not hold his men
He deploys his men
            To their best
            But relies on
            The potential energy.

Relying on the energy,
            He sends his men into battle
            Like a man
            Rolling logs or boulders.
            By their nature,
            On level ground
            Logs and boulders
            Stay still;
            On steep ground
            They move;
            Square, they halt;
            Round, they roll.
            Skillfully deployed soldiers
            Are like round boulders
            Rolling down
            A mighty mountainside.

These are all matters
            Of potential energy.”

TRANSLATION: in examinations, do not forget the first rule of answering questions, tackle the easy ones first! Always ensure that you go through the questions before hurrying to provide answers. Going over the questions helps to restore confidence and diminish exam tension, hence, your round soldiers are deployed and your answer script becomes a mighty mountainside.

We’ve come to the end of the first series on the blog; ‘MED SCHOOL IS WAR’. Hope the analogies have been simple enough and relatable.

The Art of War is a great read, reading this book, I’ve come to discover that any challenge we face today in the various facets of life, can be addressed using some of the basic principles/art of waging war.

“Offering ancient wisdom on how to use skill, cunning, tactics and discipline to outwit your opponent,
this 2000-year-old military manual is still worshipped by soldiers on the battlefield and managers in the boardroom as the ultimate guide to winning.” – PENGUIN BOOKS