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. 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.
|Processor||Intel Core i5|
|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.
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||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|
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:
If you are a Wichita student, you may access support through:
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.
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.