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Minimum Technology Recommendations

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, Chromebook, iPad, or phone as a primary computing device. Surface tablets are acceptable devices to use during medical school. Although iPads and similar Android devices have been used successfully by some students for day-to-day use, you will NOT be able to test and utilize Examsoft if you have an Android tablet, Chromebook, netbook, or iPad. 

Please note that, aside from these requirements and recommendations, your choice of laptop is an individual matter, and should be made at your discretion. Please be aware that regardless of whether you choose a Macintosh or Windows PC, sometimes there will be minor compatibility issues if your professors or classmates are using a different platform. The School of Medicine strives to be as platform-neutral as possible in its selection of technologies for medical student education, but certain software may not be available on different devices.

First and second year students in the School of Medicine are eligible for a one time financial aid budget 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

Component Minimum
Processor Intel Core i5
RAM 8GB required (16GB recommended)
Hard Disk 300GB (256GB + KUMC OneDrive, 1TB) 
Display 1080p
Graphics Memory 1 GB
Networking Wireless 802.11n/ac
Warranty 3 years or more
Operating System Windows 10 or for Mac OS 10.15 Catalina (or later)
Internet Broadband internet access, minimum download 7Mbps


Software

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.

Type Software Availability
Productivity Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft 365
Class Participation
(required)
Poll Everywhere Fee assessed (downloaded during Orientation)
Anti-virus Windows Defender for MS Windows; ClamXav for MacOS Free from Microsoft; Cost Clamxav.com (~$30.00)
Anti-Malware MalwareBytes MalwareBytes site. Free version cleans, but does not pre-emptively block
Web Browsers Edge, Chrome, or Firefox Some web applications run better with certain web browsers. Please make sure to install FirefoxChrome is optional.
Media Player Windows Media Player; VLC Media Player, free from Microsoft
VLC media player
PDF Reader Adobe Reader Adobe
Optional Software Software Availability
Digital Pathology
(optional) 

ImageScope (Windows only)*

QuPath

OpenSlide

Choose the best application for you, but some options**:

Free, Leica Website (PC only)

Free, QuPath (Mac and PC) QuPath Tutorial

Free, OpenSlide (Mac and PC)

*ImageScope is currently the only supported viewer at KUMC 

**Utilizing a digital pathology viewer is optional, students will be provided with still images

CT Image Viewer Mac*
(optional)
OsirixLite (Mac)

Free, Santesoft Lite  (instructions, access to images in July, requires login)

*Utilizing a DICOM viewer is optional, students will be provided with still images

CT Image Viewer PC*
(optional)
SanteSoft DICOM viewer (PC) Free, myKUMC (instructions, access to images in July, requires login)

*Utilizing a DICOM viewer is optional, students will be provided with still images

Support

Students can receive assistance for their basic computing issues related to their academic work from the Jayhawk Tech Clinics, available on the 3rd floor of Eleanor Taylor building. The Clinics offer:

  • Advice and consultation sessions about any IT issue you're having
  • Setting up email/calendars on your mobile device
  • Wifi setup and troubleshooting
  • Installation of Microsoft 365 and KUMC sanctions software

In addition you can contact Christina Magnifico with questions related to technology.


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 collaborative assignment files (documents, presentations, videos, etc.)
  • Taking Quizzes and Exams
  • Participating in remote/online educational activities
  • Accessing resources through different browsers
  • Taking notes/annotating resources
  • Presenting student created files/media through AirMedia. Our lecture halls and classrooms are equipped with Windows PCs for use by presenters

It is the student's responsibility to maintain a backup of all work. We strongly suggest utilizing the 1TB of free storage available through OneDrive via Microsoft 365. 

Last modified: Mar 05, 2021
Need some help?

Christina Magnifico is the Program Director for Medical Education Technology. Keiran Beadnell is the M1 Medical Education Technologist, and Nick Edwards is the M2 Medical Education Technologist for the Office of Medical Education. Their office is at 3045 Robinson.

Search the ServiceNow knowledge base or open an online ticket. You may also call the Jayhawk Tech Clinics at 913-945-9999, option 2.

Wichita students should contact the Wichita Help Desk at 316-293-2605 or email Wichita IT

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