School of Medicine Laptop Requirement

Wayne State School of Medicine (WSU SOM) requires all incoming medical students to have a laptop computer that meets or exceeds specific technical specifications. Several computer programs and web-based applications are required for medical education. To use these applications, students must ensure that their personal laptops meet these specifications.

WSU SOM does not require a specific brand of laptop computer. Both Windows and Apple computers are acceptable; however, iPads, Chromebooks and non-Pro versions of Surface tablets are NOT supported as performance instability can occur within applications on devices that don't meet the specifications.


Computer (Laptop) Technical Specifications

Form Factor: Laptop
Operating System: Windows 10 (Home, Pro, Education, or Enterprise) or MacOS 10.15 Catalina (or supported preceding version)
Screen Size: 12 inches (13 inches or larger Optimum Configuration)
Processor: Intel core i3 or comparable AMD processor (i5 or superior Optimum Configuration)
Memory: 8GB (16GB Optimum Configuration)
Storage: 128GB (256GB SSD or better Optimum Configuration)
Wireless Capability (Required): 802.11ac (or superior Optimum Configuration)
Web Browsers: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari - Apple (Current Release)
https://www.whatismybrowser.com/guides/how-to-update-your-browser/
Internet Accessible (Required): The internet will be used for information access, instructional applications, and official communications - in class and at home.
Internet Speed (Recommended): A minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps is recommended for admission, which is commonly the speed associated with a basic DSL or a cellular/satellite connection. A faster connection, such as cable or fiber service, will further enhance your online experience.
https://www.speedtest.net/
Webcam with Microphone (Required): Built-in or external
Software must have current security patches installed in a timely manner (New security vulnerabilities are identified every 90 minutes).
WSU Computing & Information Technology (C&IT) does not provide an antivirus software for personal use, however the C&IT Help Desk strongly recommends and offers support for Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials.

 

WSU-SOM Curriculum Applications & Resources

Application / Resource:

URL Address:

Preferred Browser:

Aquifer https://aquifer.org/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Canvas https://canvas.wayne.edu/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Citrix https://www.citrix.com/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Examplify from Examsoft (Web-based Quizzes & Exams) https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/Examplify-Downloading-for-Windows-Mac Examplify: Minimum System Requirements for Windows Examplify: Minimum System Requirements for Mac OS
NBME Self-Assessments (Browser Based) https://www.nbme.org/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
OnlineMedEd https://onlinemeded.org/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Osmosis https://www.osmosis.org/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Participoll https://www.participoll.com Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Qualtrics https://qualtrics.wayne.edu/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Respondus – Lock Down Browser https://web.respondus.com/he/lockdownbrowser/ LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Both the Windows edition and the Mac edition of the browser are based on Chromium, Google's open source framework. Students do NOT need Google's Chrome browser installed; nor will this version affect a Chrome browser that's already installed.
Service Learning, Community Engagement, and IPTV Portal https://servicelearning.med.wayne.edu
https://communityengagement.med.wayne.edu
https://iptv.med.wayne.edu
Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
SymptomMedia | Mental Health Education and Training Films https://symptommedia.com Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
U-World https://www.uworld.com/ Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Virtual Microscopy https://webslide.med.wayne.edu/ Current Release Web Browser: Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)
Zoom https://zoom.us/

Current Release Web Browser: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge; Mozilla Firefox, Safari (Apple)


Curriculum Application Information, Training & Support Resources

https://www.mesg.med.wayne.edu/training

  • Canvas Training
  • Examplify from Examsoft use and download instructions
  • Zoom Training
  • Speedtest

     

Educational Computer Discounts

https://tech.wayne.edu/software-hardware/computer-discounts

  • Apple
  • Dell
  • Best Buy (Accessories and Peripherals)

 

WSU Free / Discounted Software

https://tech.wayne.edu/software-hardware/discounted-software

  • Microsoft365 Suite
  • SPSS Statistics
  • Thomson EndNote

 

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