MD Program

Equipment Requirements for First-Year Medical Students

First-year medical students are given dissection kits and clean lab gowns to protect clothing (in the Gross Anatomy Lab).

Required Supplies

  • Textbooks
  • One box of Nitrile or Latex rubber gloves
  • Scrubs and a pair of old shoes (for Gross Anatomy Lab)
  • Ophthalmoscope and Otoscope kit (Traditional is adequate; a Pan-Optic is highly suggested.)
  • Stethoscope (Cardiology Grade)
  • Reflex hammer
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • Tuning forks (512 Hz and 128 Hz)
  • A penlight is useful.
  • Measuring tape (metric or metric and English units)
  • Hand-held Snellen eye chart

Textbooks

Students should purchase textbooks for each course before the first day of class. Books can be purchased from other students or online. The Ruth Lilly Medical Library is a good resource for students to access textbooks and other educational materials for coursework. Students should always purchase the newest edition of textbooks.

Medical Supplies

Students are responsible for providing their own medical supplies. A complete list of required medical supplies is available. When visiting the medical store, use the purchase code iusm2021.

Laptop Computer

All IU School of Medicine first- and second-year medical students are required to have a personal laptop for classroom purposes. Note regarding tablet computers: While tablet computers may be used for general and personal tasks, they do not meet the minimum requirements for all systems used at IU School of Medicine. For portability, a laptop is necessary for medical education course work.

Several computer programs and web-based applications are required for medical education. To use these applications, students must ensure that personal laptops for education meet the minimum requirements. For existing laptops, ensure that the computer meets the minimum requirements in the list below. If purchasing a new laptop, it is strongly recommended that the computer meets the optimal requirements. These requirements are based on applications used in IU School of Medicine courses statewide. Campuses or departments might make use of other computer programs or web-based applications. Be sure to check with campus contacts and academic instructors for any other requirements.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Windows

  • Laptop.
  • Operating system: Windows 8.1
  • No touch screen laptops allowed.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 8GB.
  • Hard drive: 128 SSD or 500GB.
  • Processor: i5 (any generation) with 2.0 GHz+.
  • Screen: 13″.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n.
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer.

Mac

  • Laptop.
  • Operating System: OS X 10.10.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 8GB.
  • Hard drive: 128 SSD or 500 GB.
  • Processor: i5 (any generation) with 2.0 GHz+.
  • Screen: 13”.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n.
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari

Optimal Computer Requirements

Windows

  • Laptop.
  • Operating System: 10 Education (free from IUWare)
  • No touch screen laptops allowed.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 16GB+.
  • Hard drive: 256 SSD+.
  • Processor: i5 sixth generation+ or i7.
  • Screen: 15.6”+.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n/ac (dual band)
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer.

Mac

  • Operating System: OS X 10.12.
  • No tablet computers allowed.
  • Memory: 16GB.
  • Hard drive: 256 SSD+.
  • Processor: i5 sixth generation+ or i7.
  • Screen: 15.6”+.
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11g/n/ac (dual band)
  • Ethernet capable.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari.

Tips on Purchasing Required Supplies

IU students can access discounted hardware. See https://kb.iu.edu/d/antk#deals. An IU Network ID is required on some sites to view discounted prices.

Do not unnecessarily order software from vendor sites when purchasing hardware, as many products and software packages (including those offered by Adobe and Microsoft) as well as antivirus products are available as free downloads to IU students, faculty and staff via IUware, and on disc at campus bookstores. Students do not need to purchase any Microsoft packages (such as “trial” or “student edition” versions). Additionally, students may use IUanyWare to run Windows software virtually on a Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or BlackBerry device without downloading. For more information, see http://iuware.iu.edu/.