Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM)

The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will be a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity located at ISU - Meridian Health Science Center. The school will be independent of ISU, but ISU will have representation on the school’s board of trustees. Initial capital investment in the ICOM project will be approximately $125 million.

As part of the collaboration and affiliation agreement with ISU, the proposed ICOM – application status has agreed to a long-term land lease for its facility at ISU’s Meridian Health Science Center.  Construction of an approximately 94,000-square-foot, $34 million building that began in May 2017 and will be completed in June 2018.


About Osteopathic Medical Schools and Physicians:

In the United States, two types of physicians 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. 



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