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Accelerating medical and surgical mastery

AI-driven, Personalized Learning


Firefly develops AI-powered tools with team expertise and experience to produce tailored services for medical and surgical training programs.

Prescriptive Learning

Get timely and actionable performance feedback, with data-driven guidance for how to improve. Track entrustability with learning curves.

Automated Case Logging

Accurate and automated case logging, saving time and hassle.

Case Analytics

Compare your case experience and performance to your educational program requirements. See where you stand against national peers.

Targeted Content

Receive high-quality, curated, relevant educational material that is matched to your clinical schedule.

Providing EPA Evaluations and Entrustability Analytics

Firefly is already providing Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) evaluations for surgical subspecialties, and as soon as the American Board of Surgery (ABS) finalizes their set of EPA questions for general surgery, we're all set to provide EPA evaluations for general surgery residency programs, too.

Q: Does Firefly support the ABS' EPA initiative?
A: Yes, programs an use Firefly to collect EPA mico-assessments in an automated, EHR-integration fashion.
Q: How much does it cost to get Firefly at my program?
A: It's free. The Firefly platform is provided at no cost to all training programs by the Firefly Foundation.
Q: How much training is needed to use Firefly for the evaluations?
A: About 5-10 minutes. Most users get going right away. And to provide extra support when onboarding a new user or a new training program, we provide live walk-throughs and workshop sessions to help people practice using the platform, such as in opening and completing evaluations.
Q: Can people use the platform on their phones?
A: Yes. You can use Firefly on both your computer and your phone. The majority of faculty complete evaluations on their phones. Rather than a traditional native mobile app, Firefly uses a newer technology called a progressive web app. This has several advantages, including that users don't have to manually install it from an app store and keep updating it. The Firefly app can push security updates to user devices live, which is important for fixes and enhancements, and especially for ensuring HIPAA compliance when handling any patient data.
Q: How long does it take to complete an EPA micro-assessment?
A: The average time to complete an evaluation is under 30 seconds.
Q: What is the evaluation workflow?
A: Because Firefly integrates with hospital EHR systems, it syncs with the OR schedule and automatically requests the appropriate procedure-specific evaluations from teaching faculty after each case. The faculty member typically either fills out the evaluations immediately on their phones upon when walking out of the OR, or else at the end of the day when they have a chance to sit down at their computer. When they submit the evaluation, the Firefly system immediately notifies the resident and sends them a link to open the evaluation.
Q: If my program is already using another evaluation tool, can we still try Firefly?
A: Yes, of course. It's easy to try both and let people use whichever system they prefer. Firefly can even aggregate evaluation data across systems and show integrated analytics on your live dashboard.
Q: Does Firefly share my data?
A: No, not unless the user explicitly requests data sharing. We have been HIPAA-compliant since day one, and we take data security very seriously.
Q: How does Firefly use my data?
A: We anonymize the raw evaluation data and then use statistical models and deep learning to calculate learning curves. These curves track resident and fellow learning across hundreds of procedure types. All analytics are provided in a live dashboard back to trainees and program directors, in support of real-time optimization of learning plans. This frequent feedback cycle to trainees significantly accelerates the learning process, helping residents and fellows to become independent practicioners in their procedures much earlier.
Q: How do I get started?
A: It's easy. Just click the "Get Started" button below, and tell us you'd like to learn more. We have well-tested onboarding plans, both for single curious users and for entire training progams.

Generously Provided by the Firefly Foundation

We are in the final stages of launching the Firefly Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of tomorrow's doctors. We use technology and learning theory to accelerate medical and surgical learning, supporting both educators and learners. Focusing on grant support and academic collaboration, we donate the Firefly educational platform to all residency and fellowship training programs at no cost, with the aim of enabling as many learners as possible.

For Program Directors
Accelerate your residents' learning, and measure their progress.
For Residents and Fellows
Thrive with high-quality feedback, and automate your case logging.
For Teaching Faculty, Surgeons, and Physicians
Save time and improve efficiency with AI-powered technology
For Departments & Hospitals
Increase efficiency and prevent burnout across your staff
For Accreditation and Policy in Medical Education
Use much higher-quality data for research and policies

Patented and Proven

Firefly technology and methodology has been proven across many residency programs and teaching institutions. In order to reach all medical and surgical learners, we have patent protected several important concepts:

  • Assigning an extrustability score or autonomy score to a medical/surgical professional or trainee
  • An educational data management system (platform) for tracking medical, clinical, and procedural performance
  • Selecting appropriate evaluations based on clinical and surgical situations, including OR schedules
  • Aggregating evaluations and building learning curves
  • Using learning curves to create learning plans
  • Using learning curves to measure surgical and procedural skill, autonomy, and entrustability
  • Using statistical and deep learning models to apply a skill/entrustability score to a medical professional
  • Connecting an educational platform to an EHR system, especially an OR schedule or clinical schedule
  • Combining an educational platform with case logging, and connecting an educational platform to a case logging system

If you would like to collaborate and/or use these helpful concepts, please feel free to reach out to us. We welcome research, academic, and industry partners to work together for our common goal of optimizing medical education.

Improve learning across your department

Academic Research

At Firefly, we and our collaborators are committed to improving medical education. We have published several peer-reviewed articles and given talks at surgical conferences, showing how an integrated medical platform helps residents learn better and become independent in the O.R. earlier.

Overcoming Systems Factors in Case Logging with Artificial Intelligence Tools
Journal of Surgical Education
The Attending Meritocracy: Implementation of a Novel Team-Based Approach to Provide Effective Resident Feedback.
Journal of surgical education
Resident Case Logs: The Untold Story
Journal of the American College of Surgeons
233.5 (2021): e171
Use of a Secure Web-Based Data Management Platform to Track Resident Operative Performance and Program Educational Quality Over Time
Journal of surgical education
77(6), (2020) e187-e195
Novel educational information management platform improves the surgical skill evaluation process of surgical residents.
Journal of surgical education
75.6 (2018): e204-e211
Education Management Platform Enables Delivery and Comparison of Multiple Evaluation Types
Journal of surgical education
76.6 (2019): e209-e216
Large-Scale Integrated Platform for Comprehensive Tracking of Resident Operative Performance
Journal of the American College of Surgeons
229.4 (2019): S245
Novel surgery resident education management platform improves case logging
Journal of the American College of Surgeons
225.4 (2017): S179

Some of our Partners

We work with several surgical departments and partners to simplify their surgeons' workflows, improve surgical education, and facilitate research projects.

U Iowa Health
Intermountain Healthcare
Maine Med
Indiana School of Medicine
Denver Health
Duke Health
Baystate Health
UConn Health
George Washington Hospital
UNMC Health
Atrium Health
St. Joseph Health
St. Mary's
Queen's Health