Requirement By Year
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As one of the curricular tools, a school-required laptop will be preordered for each student and distributed during orientation. The requirement is in place to ensure that all students are using a standardized laptop that meets all of the software requirements for medical school at the University of Connecticut. The laptops also come pre-loaded with curricular software chosen by the faculty.
Medical school exams are administered using electronic testing software. The school required laptop has been tested using the electronic exam software and meets the specified requirements. This will ensure that all students have uniformity in testing environments and that no one is at an advantage or disadvantage due to the type of laptop that they are using during the exam.
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine uses virtual microscopy as part of the curriculum. Virtual microscopy allows all students to simultaneously view microscope images right on their laptop screens. The microscope images can be zoomed in and out of to offer for high levels of detail. The virtual microscope software also allows instructors and students to run digital slide conferences. This gives the conference leader the ability to display and highlight virtual slides on all participants’ screens. Because of this curriculum requirement, the carefully selected required laptop contains the hardware specifications of memory, processor, and graphics card needed to run this software efficiently.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The school required laptop is itemized on student tuition and fee bills. If a student receives financial aid, the cost of the laptop is included in the budget prepared by the Financial Aid Office.
Operating System UpgradesFollowing discussions within our IT department, it was decided that UCHC does not have the resources to upgrade operating systems on existing laptops. Here are some reasons why:
- Time: It takes approximately 5 hours to install and encrypt a new operating system on each individual laptop.
- Backups: Students would need to back up their own files and programs which on average takes 2 hours. It then takes the same amount of time to restore the files to the upgraded operating system.
- Compatibility: Existing files and applications may not be compatible with a new operating system.