Minimum Technology Recommendations

The University of Kansas, School of Medicine (KUSoM) uses a technology rich curriculum. The following recommendations are made with student success in mind.


The School of Medicine supports either Windows or Mac computers but does not recommend using a tablet, netbook, or phone as a primary computing device. Microsoft Surface tablets are acceptable devices to use during medical school.

First and second year students in the School of Medicine are eligible for a one time financial aid bugdet adjustment to cover the purchase of a computer. Contact the financial aid office for more information on the Computer Purchase/Electronic Purchase program.

Discounts on computer purchases are available from the KU Bookstore Tech Shop

Component Minimum
Processor Intel Core i5
RAM 4GB (Recommended 8GB)
Hard Disk 300GB
Display 1024x768
Graphics Memory 256mb
Networking Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Warranty 3 years or more
Operating System Windows 7 or for Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion (Mavericks preferred)


Much of the software required is available free of charge for students in myKUMC, the institutional portal. Note that Windows 7 and 8 operating systems are available free of charge as well.

Type Software Availability
Productivity MS Office 2010 or 2013 Free, myKUMC
Digital Pathology ImageScope (Windows only) Free, myKUMC (only integrates through IE - Mac users will need Parallels installed)
CT Image Viewer Mac Osirix (Mac) Free - instructions
CT Image Viewer PC SanteSoft DICOM viewer (PC) Free, myKUMC - instructions
Class Participation i>clicker GO Fee assessed, distributed during orientation
Anti-virus Avast! Free Antivirus Free, from Avast
Anti-Malware MalwareBytes MalwareBytes site. Free version cleans, but does not pre-emptively block
Web Browsers IE, Chrome, or Firefox Some web applications run better with certain web browsers. Please make sure to install Firefox and IE.  Chrome is optional.
Media Player Windows Media Player, Quicktime Media Player, free from Microsoft
Quicktime, free from Apple
PDF Reader Adobe Reader Adobe


Students can receive assistance for their basic computing issues related to their academic work from the Jayhawk Tech Clinics, available in two locations: 3rd floor of Eleanor Taylor building, and the 2nd floor of Dykes library. The Clinics offer:

  • Advice and consultation sessions about any IT issue you're having
  • Virus and malware clean-up
  • Performance tuning your device
  • Setting up email/calendars on your mobile device

In addition you can contact Dr. Mark Eaton or Christina Magnifico with questions related to technology.

Student Responsibilities

Students will be responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements. Our curriculum incorporates the following tasks:

  • Accessing and downloading course files (documents, presentations, videos, etc.)
  • Uploading assignment files (documents, presentations, videos, etc.)
  • Taking Quizzes and Exams
  • Posting to Discussion Boards
  • Accessing resources through different browsers
  • Taking notes/annotating resources *
  • Presenting student created files/media through a data projector. Our lecture halls and classrooms are equipped with Windows PCs for use by presenters.

*Our faculty and students use OneNote® from the Microsoft Office Suite for annotating presentations and images. OneNote® is available in the Mac Office Suite, but at this time does not have the same features as the Windows version. Mac users will need to install Parallels on their Mac and use the Windows version of OneNote. Students may wish to purchase a touch screen Windows laptop with a stylus to take advantage of this software. Alternatively, students may purchase a Pen and Touch tablet (See Wacom Bamboo for an example) in order to add hand written annotations to their notes.

It is the student's responsibility to maintain a backup of all work. We strongly suggest purchasing an external hard drive or using an online backup service.

Last modified: Jul 17, 2016