The mission of ICOM is to train osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and beyond.
About Osteopathic Medical Schools and Physicians:
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine, from family medicine to emergency medicine to surgery. They are the fastest-growing segment of physicians and provide a full range of services, from prescribing drugs to performing surgery, using the latest medical tools. In addition, DOs also offer something special -- a whole-person approach to treatment and care.
This whole-person approach to patients begins in osteopathic medical school where, in addition to all the courses studied by their MD counterparts, DOs also receive between 200 and 300 additional hours of specialized training in osteopathic principles and practices, including hands-on osteopathic manipulation. Here, osteopathic medical students learn to use their hands to diagnose illness and treat the body’s system of nerves, muscles, and bones, utilizing the interconnection between the body, mind, and spirit to impact health.
After medical school, DOs continue their training in residency programs alongside their MD colleagues and begin to focus on a particular specialty. Many DOs specialize in primary care, where their patient-centered focus on disease prevention, lifestyle modifications, and osteopathic manipulation skills can be fully utilized. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, DOs offer patients some of the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PRE-ACCREDITATION STATUS
Preaccreditation means the status of public recognition that an accrediting agency grants to an institution or program for a limited period of time that signifies the agency has determined that the institution or program is progressing towards accreditation and is likely to attain accreditation before the expiration of that limited period of time.