M.D. Program

Computer Requirements

This page was updated in April 2022. 

All students at Einstein are required to have a laptop or tablet computer meeting basic minimum performance requirements. Students planning to use their current devices must ensure that their equipment meets the requirements (outlined below) to ensure adequate functionality for these expected uses:

  • E-mail: Microsoft 365
  • Computer-based examinations using ExamSoft® (pre-clerkship phase)
  • Faculty/peer communications (Zoom and Webex)
  • Accessing course materials via Canvas
  • Completing evaluations using one45
  • (Re)view captured lectures
  • NBME Examinations (clerkship phase)
  • Exam/Board preparation
  • Online resources/reference materials

In most cases, newly or recently purchased laptop computers will meet or exceed these minimum specifications. Netbooks, Apple iPads, and Android tablet devices do not meet these minimum requirements.

Hardware Minimum Standards 

Software Minimum Standards 

  • Processor: i5 (Windows) or M1 (Mac)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM (16GB recommended)
  • Hard Drive: 256GB SSD
  • 13-inch display
  • Wi-Fi 6 enabled
  • OS: Windows 10 or MacOS 12
  • Browser: Chrome, Edge, or Safari (latest versions)
  • Microsoft Office (latest version, available at no cost)

Einstein students use their personal devices to take examinations during the pre-clerkship and clerkship phases of Einstein’s curriculum. To ensure a smooth testing experience and avoid internal computer conflicts, Einstein requires all students to install on their device a ‘2nd Profile’ that will be used ONLY for exams.


Einstein offers instructions and assistance for connecting to campus resources including, for example, the wireless network, but does not provide hardware support for student-owned laptops. Students are responsible for the ensuring the functionality of their laptops.


Most students find it convenient to own a printer. However, Einstein provides public “pay for print” devices in the area adjacent to the D. Samuel Gottesman Library that are available for student use. The Office of Medical Education provides students taking the basic science courses with a print allowance to be used at these printers. 


We strongly recommend students use Druva inSync backup software to protect against data loss, which can be very disruptive. The software is available at no cost.

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