The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is a private medical school affiliated with Idaho State University. The mission of ICOM is to train osteopathic physicians prepared to care for persons in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and beyond. The College graduated its inaugural class on May 13, 2022.
ICOM was founded by Daniel Burrell, JD, and John Hummer, in partnership with Idaho State University and other senior Idaho healthcare and government officials to help address the current and growing shortage of physicians in the Mountain West region and beyond. Although Idaho is among the most rapidly growing areas of the country, the state ranks 50th for the number of active physicians and resident physicians per capita, and 45th for the number of primary care physicians, according to the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) 2021 State Physician Workforce Data Report. Prior to the formation of ICOM, Idaho was the most populous state in the nation without a medical school of its own.
With approval from the Idaho State Board of Education, Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the creation of ICOM in February of 2016, and the College graduated its inaugural class in May of 2022. ICOM received full accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) in May of 2022.