Choteau Acantha: Benefis receives new accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has awarded Benefis Health System in Great Falls with Sponsorship Institution designation. This new accreditation gives Benefis the opportunity to sponsor residency programs that will teach developing physicians who want to be in Montana and are graduates of accredited medical schools.

The Spokesman-Review: Idaho lawmakers mull ambitious plan to address state’s severe doctor shortage

Idaho is severely lacking in doctors, and many of its existing ones are nearing retirement age, Dr. Ted Epperly told lawmakers Wednesday as he presented the state’s new 10-year plan to increase graduate medical education in the state.

“We’re 49th out of 50,” Epperly said, both in the number of doctors per-capita and in the number of medical residents per capita. “This plays out in terms of not having ready access to care, especially in rural and frontier areas across our state.”

Idaho press Tribune - Caldwell Chamber calls for state aid on transportation, education

CALDWELL — Health care costs, transportation along Interstate 84 and behavioral health were among the issues the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce listed as its top legislative priorities.

This was part of a panel discussion at the Chamber’s annual legislative luncheon, held Tuesday. The 2018 legislative session begins on Jan. 8.

Idaho press Tribune - Idaho's new medical school accepting applications

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian is now accepting applications from prospective students.

Officials with Idaho’s first medical school announced the school has moved forward in its pre-accreditation status with the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. That means it can start recruiting students and can remove the word “proposed” from its name.

AACOM - ICOM Now Approved to Recruit for Inaugural Class

(Bethesda, MD)—The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) voted in December to allow the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) to recruit and matriculate students for its inaugural class in fall 2018.

$2.5 million gift from PMC to ISU could help solve doctor shortage problem

POCATELLO — The state of Idaho has a shortage of residencies for doctors who have recently graduated from medical school and are looking to start their career in medicine.

Currently, Idaho ranks 49th of 50 states in terms of physicians per capita, but on Tuesday the Idaho State Board of Education approved a proposal that’s aimed at improving that position.

Idaho's first medical school now accepting students

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho's first medical school can now begin the process of recruiting students.

The American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has advanced the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. The school is expected to open its doors fall of 2018 for their first class of students.

KMVT-11 - Application process opens to first class of Idaho medical school students

MERIDIAN, Idaho (News Release) — The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation has advanced the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in its previously awarded, pre-accreditation status. This announcement allows ICOM to start accepting applications and start recruiting the best and brightest to become part of the inaugural class of Idaho’s first medical school. Additionally, ICOM can now remove the word “proposed” from its name.