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.
For a new device purchase (up to $2,000) to be eligible for financial aid, it must be purchased after July 1 by the student. Using a parent's credit card will invalidate the aid.
Discounts on computer purchases are available from the KU Bookstore Tech Shop. One of the models at the Bookstore, the HP Revolve, comes with a warranty including a loaner if your device ever needs service. These Revolve laptops come in a 128GB or 256GB models that are sufficient for our program.
|Processor||Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4GB (Recommended 8GB)|
|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.
|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:
Students will be responsible for having a working device that meets the minimum requirements. Our curriculum incorporates the following tasks:
*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.