Why is there a "Proposed" in front of "Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine"?

Until we receive provisional accreditation, we must include "proposed" as part of our name.

When will the Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) open?

ICOM plans to take its first class in 2018 (class of 2022). We are on track with where we need to be in terms of hiring, development, planning and accreditation.

How is ICOM being funded?

ICOM will be a private medical school supported through tuition rather than taxes.

Does Idaho need a medical school?

Yes. Idaho ranks 49th/50 in terms of physicians/capita. This is in part due to Idaho being the most populous state without a medical school of its own. Having a medical school in the state will ensure a steady supply of physicians in the state. It will also give local opportunities for Idahoans to go to medical school.

Is it competitive for Idahoans to go to medical school?

Yes. It is incredibly competitive to get into medical school in the United States. This is especially true for Idahoans since Idaho is the most populous state without a medical shool of its own. 

Will the taxpayers pay for ICOM?


How many affiliated hospitals does ICOM currently have?

22 with a footprint throughout the five-state area with more being added all of the time.

How many faculty members (preceptors) has ICOM identified?

As of March 2017, ICOM has over 475 preceptors who are interested/committed to taking our medical students when they begin their third-year rotations (anticipated summer 2020).

What is the difference between MDs and DOs?

In the United States, there are two types of physicians who practice medicine. Most physicians hold the Doctor of Medicine degree (MD), while osteopathic physicians hold the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO). Both DOs and MDs lead the healthcare team and are licensed in all 50 states and are represented in every specialty. Both are recognized for the high quality of their training. It is very competitive to get into both DO and MD medical schools in the US (e.g. high MCATs and GPAs). While both DOs and MDs are very similar, there are some differences. For example, DOs have an additional 250 (or more) hours in hands-on osteopathic principles and practice and are more likely to go into primary care. 

Why was there a decision to create a "DO" school instead of an "MD" school?

Because of the tremendous needs for primary care in the five-state region, it was decided that ICOM would be an osteopathic medical school. ICOM predicts that over 50% of its graduates will practice primary care.

Are there enough residency positions for graduates of osteopathic medical school?

Yes. In 2016, 99.61% of physicians graduating from osteopathic medical schools obtained residency programs. In fact, we have never graduated enough physicians for our domestic residency program. For Example, 25.9% of US residency programs are filled with foreign medical graduates which has contributed to what has been called "brain drain" in other parts of the world. It has also created artificial market forces for US citizens to leave the country to seek training elsewhere due to lack of medical school spots domestically.

What will the cost of ICOM be for its students?

ICOM has not yet set its tuition, but has made a commitment that its tuition will be less than the national average for US private osteopathic medical schools (which is less than US private allopathic/MD medical schools).

Will there be scholarships for Idahoans?

Yes. The State of Idaho awarded ICOM a tax-reimbursement incentive to be located in Idaho. ICOM has pledged that all of this money will go towards scholarships for Idahoans with a preference for graduates of ISU. The ISU Foundation will manage these scholarships.

Where is ICOM at with accreditation?

ICOM presented at our first public accreditation hearing in December in Chicago and participated in a site visit with the accrediting body prior to that. We achieved pre-accreditation status on 5/4/2017. ICOM anticipates being on the agenda for the next accreditation body meeting and we are excited to participate in the next step of this rigorous and thoughtful process. 

When does ICOM expect to break ground?

ICOM is anticipating a spring 2017 groundbreaking. Our timeline is on track and we are planning a joint announcement with our general contractor soon. We expect to matriculate our first class of students in 2018. 

What are the chances that a DO graduate get into residency?

99.61% of all DO graduates seeking residency in 2016 achieved residency placement. The statistic for 2015 was 99.41%. US medical schools (DO and MD) have not produced enough graduates to fill the current residency programs. In fact, 25.9% of current residency programs need to filled with foreign medical graduates due to not enough physicians being produced by US medical schools.

Where is ICOM at with Graduate Medical Education (GME) development?

ICOM is committed to helping grow GME as part of its mission. ICOM has planned over $5 million dollars over it's first 10 years of operation toward helping healthcare systems start graduate medical education. ICOM has already been instrumental in advancing the development of GME in the five-state region by securing multiple commitments (e.g. letters of intent, contract) from various entities. These entities are in various phases of planning and applying for accreditation in order to give additional opportunities for ICOM graduates to stay within the five-state region after graduation.


"The Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is applying for accreditation and can not solicit nor accept applications for students until provisional accreditation is achieved."