During orientations, medicine students may be asked to bring their laptops to the school’s IT group for evaluation. If the laptops do not conform to requirements, the students will then be recommended to buy new ones. The specifications that would be recommended would be good for online exams in the curriculum and tests within the clerkship managed by the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Computer industries are constantly rolling out new features and models. Selecting which computer to purchase can be a complicated process, but it would be an easier task if you can list some models and specifications that are most portable and have large-screen configuration.
So what computers are fit for students of medicine? Both Apple Macintosh and Windows-compatible computers are equally right for utility in medical schools. Apple computers allow the installation of Windows, if opted. Chromebooks and notebook computers don’t meet the minimum standards. A laptop computer is more recommended than a desktop computer. Laptops are quite handy for taking notes, and they can be easily carried to the library or to any remote clerkship location. The use of laptops is required in many of the class exercises.
However, you have to make sure that your laptop computer has a Video Graphics Array (VGA) adapter, which is an optional accessory, since you will be asked to plug your laptop in projectors and large displays to show your work. You will also be required to have a 21-inch or larger external display so a 1TB backup drive can support your studies of expansive online documents for your courses.
Be sure that your laptop has an Ethernet jack, with an 802.11 b/g/n wireless capacity. While staying in your private home, you can link to your university’s network services like online, web, and remotely accessed reference systems. You can opt for a high-speed DSL or cable modem for multimedia files to load fast.