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Ratings and Reviews
Great resource for board studying
I have used this nearly everyday since I started med school and I feel more prepared for my block exams as well as boards. I don’t find discrepancies or misinformation hardly ever. The only thing I would change is a max amount of questions per day. If you don’t stay on top of it, it can get overwhelming with the number of questions it wants you to do.
Decent, but not sure it’s as good as other resources
Overall, Firecracker is a good resource, but it comes off like someone who just graduated medical school and threw something together. It does have a lot of bugs and the sources aren’t always the best. While the customer service is quick to respond, they always respond with the same advice. They site Wikipedia which is a good resource for students sometimes, but I feel like when studying for a national test, they could and should have better more reliable sources. As a side note, they do put first aid references, but for the flash cards I have found they show Wikipedia/Google more than first aid graphics and diagrams. I do like having access on my phone and iPad, but the bugs are making those difficult.
Regarding the flash cards, they often include pictures, but often the pictures included are not entirely related to the answer. Ex) a foreign body is lodged in the piriform recess. This can cause damage to what nerve?
A: internal laryngeal nerve. But the diagram shows only muscles of the neck rather than the pathway of the nerve.
Best Review App - Suggested Improvements
I love firecracker and I'm confident that it will help me score at least a 270 on step 1.
Pros: The customer support is quick to respond and they give you personalized help. They review material is comprehensive and uses spaced repetition which is proven to facilitate memorization. They have an auto-snooze function which prevents you from spending too much time on questions. There's both quick recall style questions and vignette questions. The interface is BEAUTIFUL and easy to navigate. It is synced to the online version, but the app is actually better (the auto-snooze desktop site is screwy).
Cons: The histopathology slides leave a little to be desired - there isn't enough description to guide the user about what the histopath shows and how it came to be. The "additional resources" seem a little disorganized like there were just thrown in there as a gimmick.
- Firecracker Inc.
- 100.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 17+ for the following:
- Frequent/Intense Medical/Treatment Information
- Unrestricted Web Access
- © 2018 Firecracker Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- 1 Month Access $39.99
- 1 Year Access $199.99
- Monthly Access - Recurring $30.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.