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, Chromebook, iPad, or phone as a primary computing device. Surface tablets are acceptable devices to use during medical school. You will NOT be able to test and utilize Examsoft if you have an Android tablet, Chromebook, netbook, or iPad.
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.
|Processor||Intel Core i5|
|Graphics Memory||1 GB|
|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 upgrades are available free of charge as well.
|Productivity||MS Office 2016||Free, myKUMC|
|Digital Pathology||ImageScope (Windows only)||Free, myKUMC (Mac users will need to use Webscope)|
|CT Image Viewer Mac||Osirix (Mac)||Free - instructions|
|CT Image Viewer PC||SanteSoft DICOM viewer (PC)||Free, myKUMC - instructions|
|Class Participation||REEF Polling/Poll Everywhere||Fee assessed|
|Anti-virus||Windows Defender for MS Windows; ClamXav for MacOS||Free from Microsoft; Free from Clamxav.com|
|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; VLC||Media Player, free from Microsoft
VLC media player
|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:
Students will be responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements. Our curriculum incorporates the following tasks:
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.