ICOM grants $500K to EIRMC to establish internal medicine residency

 (L-R) Kellie Harrington, ICOM student; ICOM Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Kevin Wilson, DO; ICOM Founding Dean, Robert Hasty, DO; EIRMC CEO Jeff Sollis; ICOM President, Dr. Tracy Farnsworth; and Jacob Nilsson, ICOM student.

(L-R) Kellie Harrington, ICOM student; ICOM Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Kevin Wilson, DO; ICOM Founding Dean, Robert Hasty, DO; EIRMC CEO Jeff Sollis; ICOM President, Dr. Tracy Farnsworth; and Jacob Nilsson, ICOM student.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) has partnered with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) to establish an internal medicine residency — the first of its kind for the Idaho Falls-based hospital.

ICOM Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Robert Hasty, along with Founding
President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, presented a $500,000 check
to EIRMC Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Sollis on Thursday, June 28.

“As Idaho’s first medical school, ICOM is committed to supporting graduate medical
education,” Dr. Hasty said. “Idaho currently ranks 49th in the nation for both the number of
physicians and resident physicians per capita. Our partnership with EIRMC will have a lasting
impact not only in eastern Idaho, but throughout the state.”

ICOM will also help fund three additional residency programs at EIRMC, including family
medicine, over the next three years — creating the largest cohort of residencies in the State of
Idaho.

“EIRMC has a long standing tradition of recruiting high caliber physicians who practice
advanced medicine and quality care in our community,” said Jeff Sollis, EIRMC Chief Executive
Officer. “The residency program is another extension of our continuous efforts to increase the
number of physicians in our region in order to improve access and the quality of health care in
southeast Idaho. ICOM’s grant money is especially helpful to help EIRMC offset the significant
financial loss of starting this residency program. I am also grateful to Governor Otter and the
Idaho State Legislature for providing additional funding. Representative Wendy Horman was
especially helpful in securing funding. Without these efforts, EIRMC’s residency program may
not have become a reality.”

The three-year internal medicine residency program at EIRMC will accommodate 10 new
residents each year, and begins July 1, 2018.