Idaho State Journal - Idaho’s first medical school accepts first medical students for its inaugural class

MERIDIAN – The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is pleased to announce that it has accepted its first set of medical students into its inaugural class. The ICOM admissions committee accepted 18 medical students, 17 are from Idaho.

ICOM is accepting a total of 150 medical students for its first class, and applications have exceeded its expectations. Students have shown interest in attending from all over the United States, with an emphasis in interests from ICOM’s five affiliate states including Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

“We are excited to start accepting our first medical students for our inaugural class that will begin August 2018. With a focus on training caring and competent physicians, ICOM will improve healthcare in the region for generations to come,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean. “Becoming a medical student at ICOM is a very competitive process, but it is an important part of our vision of becoming the nation's leader in training caring and expert osteopathic physicians in support of our mission.”

In support of its mission, ICOM will train physicians who will want to return to their home towns and provide excellent and compassionate care to patients. With many students coming from smaller towns, ICOM will make a positive impact on the healthcare of rural areas in Idaho and the region.

“We are aware of the need for rural physicians and that is why ICOM is focused on educating students from those states and communities. Training caring and competent physicians who will improve the healthcare in all parts of our region, including rural areas is a long-term endeavor and will have a major impact in the years and decades ahead,” said Dr. Hasty.