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Computer Policy for Medical Students and Physician Assistant Program Students
Entering in 2017

Provided by Administrative Computing
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

For medical students matriculating at the School of Medicine, University Program in July 2016 and Physician Assistant program students matriculating in May 2016, the following laptop computer policy will apply.

The School of Medicine requires that all medical and physician assistant students have a laptop computer for school use, including access to learning resources and for taking online examinations. The School of Medicine will determine the minimum specifications required.

Minimum Specifications

  • 3rd Gen core i5 or i7 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 200GB HD or larger
  • Screen resolution 1024 x 768 or better
  • Wireless 802.11g or better
  • Gigabit Ethernet built-in or with adapter (not required, but recommended if you plan on downloading large files)
  • Screen 13" or better recommended (for exams)
  • 4 hour or better battery life (buy a new one, if you can't meet this requirement)
  • Windows 8 (not home edition) or newer
  • MacOS 10.9 or newer

NOTE: Please note, these are minimum specifications. If you have more or better, then it is much better

Computer Orientation starts the week before classes begin and continue up to the start of classes for those students already in Cleveland. Instructions will be e-mailed to students in early May on how their laptops should be configured for school use before attending a Computer Orientation session. Students having difficulty configuring their laptops will receive help during Computer Orientation week and may need to schedule a separate Computer Orientation session.

For questions, please contact David Pilasky, Assistant Dean for Information Technology via email: or


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Beside a laptop, what other items are recommended?

A: Backpack carrying case
Built-in Ethernet port or Ethernet adapter
1TB External hard drive
Wireless optical mouse
Security cable (except for Retina Display Macs)
Accidental Damage insurance/warranty

Q: What are the differences between Windows and AppleOS laptops concerning my work at school and studies?

A: There are a number of differences, which are mostly inconveniences all of which have workarounds.
Some older lectures in the large lecture hall were recorded and made available via the eCurriculum website. Back then, the video/audio/PowerPoint capture software was not completely compatible with Macs. The video and audio will play, but the PowerPoint slides will not be synchronized.
There are one or two educational applications used during the first or second year that are Windows only. Students have two options: 1) share/borrow a Windows laptop from a classmate, or 2) students can install Windows through BootCamp, VMWare, Fusion or Parallels (this option requires a legal fully licensed version of Windows).

Q: Can I buy a laptop through Case?

A: If you want to purchase a Dell or Apple laptop through the university, you may do so here:

Q: I would like more information.

A: A website for Computing Requirements for 2016 will be posted early Spring 2016.