Use of a Laptop in the Medical Curriculum

The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa offers an on-line electronic curriculum with access to computer-based learning modules. These modules will have improved graphics, animations and videos, online quizzes, and online evaluations to complement the existing paper-based curriculum. An important by-product of our approach is curriculum renewal. Our goals include an increased computer literacy of our graduating physicians, allowing these physicians to effectively use information technology to deliver better patient care.
It is important to realize that the online medical curriculum is not an add-on to the medical curriculum, but is a fundamental cornerstone to our medical curriculum and is fully integrated into the curriculum.

At the same time, there is no reduction of the one-on-one student and faculty interaction so important to the learning of medicine.

To summarize, the Faculty uses computers to:

  1. access our technologically enhanced course materials: CBL (case-based learning), lectures and labs;
  2. access a toolkit for medical studies (computer-based medical dictionary, basic science modules, and externally produced learn-ware);
  3. improve the computer literacy for students and faculty;
  4. improve knowledge of informatics and evidence-based medicine for students;
  5. improve communication with email between students and faculty and to foster online collaboration of students and faculty;
  6. improve the evaluation of students with online testing;
  7. improve the evaluation of courses and professors.

Laptop Purchase

Students are REQUIRED to use a laptop in class from day one. While we are continually striving to make our online curriculum mobile-friendly, at this time, the use of a tablet (iPad, Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, etc.) is insufficient as some applications will not work or are not optimized for these devices. Note that the purchase of the University-recommended models is not mandatory and that you can use your own laptop as long as it meets the requirements mandated by the Faculty's medical eCurriculum.

The Information Management Services (Medtech) of the Faculty of Medicine will offer to all its students the needed technical support to facilitate the repair and troubleshooting of their laptops. The Medtech team is there for you so that you do not have to worry about the technology involvement while you are pursuing your medical education.


Make sure your laptop is insured - talk to yourhome insurance provider about this. If a loss of your laptop occurs in Roger Guindon Hall, report the loss immediately to the Security Desk on the second floor lobby. There is a telephone on the wall to the right of this desk that has instructions on how to contact the on-duty security patrol officer.

Laptop Requirements


  • A Windows-based laptop running Windows 7+ or a Mac-based laptop running OS X 10.7+
  • Wireless Network card, type A/B/G minimum but we suggest that you get a card that support the most recent type N.
  • Minimum of 3GB of Ram.
  • Video card that support a minimum resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels.
  • It is strongly suggested to have a extra battery.
  • You will need about 50GB of disk space over the next four years for the course content.


  • The Microsoft Office 2013 or 2010 Suite (or Office 2011 for Mac). Word and PowerPoint are required.
  • Google Chrome, Safari 5, Mozilla Firefox 20 or a newer version. The use of Internet Explorer is not recommended.
  • The newest version of Java for your Internet Browser.
  • The most resent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • The most resent version of Adobe Flash Player.
  • The most resent version of Adobe Shockwave Player.
  • An antivirus software.

Test your configuration

Use the following links to verify your computer installation: