Frequently Asked Questions

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When will the school open?

ICOM plans to matriculate its first class in the Fall of 2018

How do I apply?

ICOM will only accept applications though the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). For more information about how to apply visit www.aacom.org. The centralized application service opens in May each year for students who wish to apply for the class entering the following year.

Where is the school located?

The school is located in Meridian, ID. ICOM will be located on the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Sciences Center. Having the college in ISU-Meridian Health Sciences Center will allow ICOM’s students to use the services and facilities open to ISU’s students as well as the opportunity to work inter-professionally with health programs at the University.

How many student will be in each class?

ICOM is approved for a class size of 150 students each year. The accrediting body allows for an 8% variance to allow for attrition and our initial class-size count will be 162.

Does ICOM recommend or prefer a specific major or area of study?

No. Students with non-science majors who have completed the pre-requisites are eligible for application and admissions.

What are the admissions requirements for the program?

ICOM Prerequisites include : General Biology: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) Physics: One year with laboratory (6 to 8 semester hours/9 to 12 quarter hours) Inorganic/General Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) Organic Chemistry: One year with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours) English: One year (6 semester hours/8 quarter hours) Six (6) additional science hours are highly recommended. ICOM recommends courses in the 300/400 level or beyond in subjects that will enhance performance in medical school such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology

Do you accept international or DACA students?

At this moment ICOM is not approved to accept international students and does not accept DACA students.

Do you accept transfer students into the program?

ICOM does not accept transfer students

I am a citizen but took courses outside of the US. How do I get the foreign transcript evaluated?

ICOM requires verification of an applicant’s credentials from a college or outside of the United States which have met the equivalency for the minimum requirements for admission.   ICOM requires applicants who have completed coursework at foreign institutions be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the evaluation services approved by AACOMAS. Please see the AACOMAS website for a list of the approved companies. ICOM does not accept applications from students requiring F-1 student visa status until such time that approval is granted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE)

What are ICOM’s minimums requirements for MCAT and GPA?

Applicants should have achieved at least a 3.2 science and cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 scale. The admission process is competitive, therefore a higher GPA results in improved changes for acceptance. A competitive MCAT score is in the 50th percentile with no section below 35th percentile is expected. However, at ICOM the MCAT is weighed in connection with grades and personal qualities. The overall GPA and the interview are considered of utmost importance. We will accept MCAT scores three years prior to matriculation. Prospective students are encouraged to prepare for the MCAT exam well in advance so that the scores will accurately reflect the individual’s academic preparedness.  For full information regarding the MCAT exam or to register to take the exam, please visit the AAMC website.

Do repeated courses factor into my GPA?

This will effect students matriculating into the 2018-2019 academic year. AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation and not drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. ICOM will follow a holistic approach to reviewing applications and not just take the GPA and MCAT as a way of reviewing applications.

How do I submit my MCAT scores?

You must release your MCAT scores to AACOMAS electronically using the online MCAT Score Reporting System.  MCAT scores are sent to AACOMAS electronically from AAMC.  PAPER COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  Please do not submit them to ICOM. To ensure your application is not delayed and your MCAT scores are received: include your AAMC ID# and self-report your MCAT score in the “standardized tests” section on this application.  Review the AACOMAS FAQs for full instructions. 

Is it OK to take the MCAT more than once?

Yes, it is fine to take the MCAT more than once. We will only accept the MCAT score from up to three years prior to the date of matriculation. We will look at the highest score and the breakdown of the individual score.

Does ICOM accept prerequisite courses from a community college?

Yes, as long as take the courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution, then the admissions committee will accept the credits. However, in order to stay competitive for the program it would be better to take the courses at a four-year institution.

Do I have to have a baccalaureate degree to apply?

ICOM’s applicants for admission will be required to complete a minimum of 75 percent of the required credits for a degree in a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in order to be considered for an interview. Applicants must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation.

Do you accept advanced placement credits?

Yes, we will accept advance placement credits as long as your undergraduate institution gives you credit for it and it is on your transcript

How many letters of recommendation do I need?

ICOM will require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. The first letter must be from either an osteopathic physician or an allopathic physician. A letter from an osteopathic physician is not required but is strongly recommended. The second letter must be from a premedical advisory committee or science faculty member who is familiar with your academic work. Non traditional students can substitute the premedical advisor of science faculty advisor with a more recent reference (employer, volunteer/community service supervisor). Additional letters of recommendation can be submitted through AACOMAS or by mail, but keep in mind the admissions committee may not be able to read an excessive amount of letters.

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

You may submit your letters of recommendation through AACOMAS (preferred method), or admissions@idahocom.org

Does ICOM only accept students from Idaho?

No. ICOM will accept students from across the nation. We do give a preference for applicants from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.ICOM will chose the most qualified students for its DO program.

How long will it take before I find out if I am invited for an interview?

Invitations to interview are sent after receiving the completed ICOM Supplemental Application and all other supporting documentation. Interviews are scheduled on a continuous basis beginning in September and will continue through to the end April. ICOM is on a rolling admissions process and will continue to interview until the class is full. Please note March 1 is the official deadline for admissions but the class may be filled due to rolling admissions, therefore applicants should apply early.

I do not know any DO’s, how can I establish a shadowing relationship?

We suggest contacting an osteopathic physician and requesting to establish a shadowing relationship. You may find a list of osteopathic physicians in your area by accessing the American Osteopathic Association website at www.osteopathic.org. Once you log on to that site, click the link for “Find a DO.”  Another option is to contact your state osteopathic medical association to request a list of osteopathic physicians in your area. 

Does ICOM request students to have a Criminal Background Check or Drug screen prior to matriculation?

Yes. All students will have to submit a criminal background check and drug screening prior to matriculation.

Can I apply for a waiver of my application fee?

Yes.  You may request an AACOMAS application fee waiver through the AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program.  If your AACOMAS application fee waiver request is granted and you are invited to complete a ICOM Supplemental Application please email (forward) your official AACOMAS fee assistance approval to admissions@idahocom.org  prior to your Supplemental Application submission.  At that time, we will waive your $65 Supplemental Application fee. For full information on the AACOMAS application fee waiver process and instructions, visit the AACOMAS FAQs.  Please note that fee waivers are limited and submitting a fee waiver request to AACOMAS does not guarantee that your request will be granted.

What is the ICOM curriculum?

The ICOM pre-clinical curriculum will 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, foundational concepts in Anatomy, Biochemistry/Cell Biology, Microbiology/Immunology, Pharmacology, and Physiology will be continuously integrated in an interleaved fashion with clinical content and delivered via eleven organ system-based courses Students in years three and four will be assigned to regional clinical sites. Clinical experiences will occur within hospital sites for inpatient experiences, in ambulatory practices, and in other acute care facilities. The clerkships or clinical rotations are designed to provide the student with an education in the general areas of family medicine, surgery, surgical subspecialties, pediatrics, women's health, behavioral health, internal medicine, internal medicine subspecialties, and emergency medicine. All clerkships will be organized to permit the greatest degree of educational exposure in a practical, clinical environment and to develop expertise in the area of patient diagnosis and management.

Where does ICOM have their clinical sites?

ICOM currently has affiliation agreements with over 32 healthcare systems with a footprint throughout the five-state area (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota), and beyond. We are only just beginning and more affiliates are joining all the time.

Will ICOM students have the ability to choose where they complete rotations?

ICOM has partnered with healthcare institutions across the 5-state region. During the 2nd year, students will be given detailed information about each clinical sited and they will be able to request where they would like to have their clinical training. Students from a particular region will be given preference for their home state and there will be a competitive lottery-like match system to fairly match the students with their desired location preferences. ICOM does not guarantee any particular site. Students will then spend their third year at that location and may choose to spend any and all of their 7 fourth-year electives there as well. If for any reason, ICOM cannot secure a high-quality rotation for a particular specialty at core site or within a reasonable driving distance, ICOM may assign students and provide housing at a distant site for that rotation.