Years 1 and 2 of the Curriculum

The ICOM pre-clinical curriculum is designed to be highly integrated to provide both a rigorous foundation in the fundamental principles of biomedical science and a robust emphasis on the clinical sciences including osteopathic principles, clinical skills and professionalism. During the first two years of ICOM’s curriculum, provided on ICOM’s campus in Meridian, Idaho, foundational concepts in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology and knowledge of the components of Research have been integrated in an interleaved fashion with clinical content to be delivered via eleven organ system-based courses.

A comprehensive Clinical Foundations course will introduce students to osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). In this course, students will receive communication skills and osteopathic terminology necessary for history-taking and conducting an osteopathic physical examination. Additionally, all students will engage in clinical courses which provide essential training in the history, principles and practice of osteopathic medicine, physical and differential diagnosis, medical ethics and the legal aspects of medicine. State-of-the-art patient simulators and standardized patients will enhance students’ familiarity with clinical scenarios and development of clinical skills.

As part of their second-year curriculum, all students will receive hands-on opportunities through the Early Clinical Experience (ECE) in which they engage in one half-day seeing patients under the supervision of a full-time OPP faculty member in the ICOM OMM clinic. Throughout the first and second years, students will engage in longitudinal cumulative curriculum review and caring and competent physician courses which will reinforce the skills required for the successful practice of osteopathic medicine and promote a healthy professional life of lifelong learning.

*Note: ICOM reserves the right to make essential changes in its curriculum at any time as appropriate for its mission to train osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and beyond.