Minimum Technology Recommendations 2014-15

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

Hardware

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. If using a Mac, we strongly recommend purchasing and installing Parallels and Windows which will allow you to switch to a Windows-based OS for certain computing tasks and will also allow you to use Internet Explorer which is mandatory for one of our programs. 

For a new device purchase (up to $2,000) to be eligible for financial aid, it must be purchased after July 1, 2014 by the student. Using a parent's credit card will invalidate the aid.

Discounts on computer purchases are available from the KU Bookstore.  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 as long as an external HD is purchased and used for backup purposes.  Your Hard Disk space should add up to 300GB through the device and external harddrive space added together.

Component Minimum
Processor Intel Core i5
RAM 4GB
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


We strongly encourage students to purchase an external hard drive for backups or use an online service such as Crash Plan.

Software

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 WebClicker 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

Support

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

If you are a Wichita student, you may access support through:

  • Wichita Help Desk
  • 316-293-2605
  • itswichita@kumc.edu
  • Located in the basement right beside the elevators.

In addition, Ann Alexander is the instructional technologist for the School of Medicine and can work one on one with you on any technology issue you're having.

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 23, 2014
Need some help?

Mark Eaton is the program director for medical education technology.

Contact the Jayhawk Tech Clinics at 913-588-7995 or open an online ticket.

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