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.
|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.