Computer Requirements for College of Medicine

Required Hardware

Recommended Hardware


All incoming students to the UT College of Medicine are required to have a laptop computer that is capable of access to the Internet. The College of Medicine provides students with access to campus-based computer labs, but due to the limited number of workstations available and use by other colleges, it is necessary for students to have their own computers.

Students who plan to use their current laptop computers must ensure the equipment meets the minimum requirements outlined below to allow for adequate connectivity to UT systems. Newly-purchased laptop computers should meet the minimum recommendations. Computers must have programs capable of network connection to the Internet and of performing basic functions in word processing, spreadsheet calculations, multimedia (imaging, video, and sound) and e-mail. Students are also advised to purchase a printer. An Audience Response device (clicker) is required for classroom use. Costs of a computer, Internet connection, printer, and software may be included in financial aid requests. In addition, we recommend students consider purchasing a tablet computer (iPad, Android, etc.).


  • The practice of medicine has become heavily dependent on computer technology. (Graduates will use an electronic medical record upon entering practice.)
  • E-mail is the official method for faculty and administration to communicate with students. (Please see the College of Medicine e-mail policy for more information.)
  • Many courses use computer-based and web-based software to convey content.
  • Some class assignments require the use of a computer.
  • Course and clerkship evaluations are conducted online.
  • Scheduling for clerkships is done online.
  • Student transcripts are available online through the Banner System.
  • A wealth of clinical information is available online.
  • Clerkship students (M-3s and M-4s) are required to document patient encounters and duty hours into a web-based system.

Network Availability

UTHSC provides on-campus access to the Internet to all faculty, staff, and students. All UTHSC buildings have wireless access but limited plug-in access for Ethernet.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

Windows Laptops

  • Intel Core i3 processor equivalent or newer
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows 8 RT- RT will not run all UTHSC programs)
  • 4GB of RAM or greater
  • 13 inch or larger screen [recommended] with 1024 x 768 or greater resolution
  • 250 GB hard drive or larger
  • Built-in Ethernet (students will also need a standard 6 ft. long Ethernet cable)
  • Optical drive capable of playing and writing CDs and playing DVDs (combo drive)
  • Major manufacturer brand (i.e. Dell, Sony, HP, Toshiba, Asus, or Samsung)
  • Wireless communication
  • A 3-year "in home" warranty and accidental breakage and loss insurance are highly recommended
  • Antivirus software must be installed on your computer to access the campus network. We recommend using Security Essentials from Microsoft, it is free. If you would rather use another
  • antivirus software that is your decision. Antivirus software will not be provided by the University.

Apple Laptops

  • Mac computer with a i3, i5, or i7 processor
  • Mac OSX Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • 4GB of RAM or greater
  • 13 inch or larger screen [recommended] with 1024 x 768 or greater resolution
  • At least 250 GB hard drive or 256 GB solid state drive
  • Ethernet adapter (if necessary)
  • AppleCare is highly recommended

Audience Response Card RF (LCD) Clicker

The College of Medicine requires that all students use TurningTechnologies compatible Response Cards. The COM uses the RF (LCD) card. No other cards are supported. To find out more about using clickers at UTHSC go to UTHSC Clickers on the Educational Technology site. To purchase a clicker go to Turning Technologies  external link icon when prompted type in the campus code: UTHSC1. That will take you to the site to purchase the ResponseCard we use.



  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Web browser - Internet Explorer and/or Firefox, Safari, or Chrome
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • QuickTime, RealPlayer, Windows Media Player

Internet Service Provider

  • High speed access


  • High quality ink-jet or laser printer

Tablet computer

  • Some students find iPads or similar devices as useful substitutes for the texts and notes required during study. The COM uses several online texts in the curriculum that are provided free through the library.

Contact Us

Office of Medical Education

910 Madison Avenue, Rm 1002
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-5506
Fax: 901-448-1488

Associate Dean:
Robert G. Shreve, Ed.D.

Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.