Computer Requirements for Incoming Medical Students

All entering medical students are required to have a laptop computer. 

All notes and handouts are electronic, and all written exams are given electronically using ExamSoft. Either a Mac or a Window-based laptop is REQUIRED to run ExamSoft.

The recommended configurations are based on University at Buffalo’s recommendations for all students as modified by the medical school's Office of Medical Computing.

Minimum Recommendations: Windows Laptop Computers

  Current Computer Buy a New Computer
Memory Minimum 8 GB 8 GB; 16 GB or higher preferred. More is better
Hard Drive 500 GB 256 GB Solid-state drive
Network Port Ethernet port or adapter 100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port or adapter
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 g/n
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Screen Resolution 1024 x 768 or higher 1920 x 1080 or higher
Webcam Required Required

Minimum Recommendations: Apple Laptop Computers

  Current Computer Buy a New Computer
Memory 8 GB 8 GB; 16 GB or higher preferred. More is better
Hard Drive 500 GB 250 GB (Flash Storage) minimum, 500 GB recommended
Network Port Ethernet port/adapter Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Gigabyte Ethernet Adapter
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 g/n
OS Mac OS 10. 14 (Mojave) Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina)
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 or higher 2500 x 1600 or higher
Webcam Required Included on new Macs

Tablets

Some current members of the first year (Class of 2023) use iPads for displaying and taking notes during class. A very few other students use Android-based tablets in class, but tablets cannot be used with ExamSoft.

Tablets can only be used in addition to a standard laptop device. You might consider the Microsoft Surface (or a PC-tablet combo device) if you want to have a laptop that will also function as a touch screen tablet.

The Surface Pro 1, 2, 3, and 4 are compatible with ExamSoft. A keyboard and an Ethernet adapter will also be needed.

Software

All required software, including Microsoft Office, is available at no charge to UB students through UB Information Technology. Some, like Examsoft, you will receive directions from school once you are here to download. Required web browsers for use with ExamSoft are Firefox or Chrome.