Significant impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be felt across the education landscape, including the medical admissions process.

While many components of the medical school application can be completed virtually, the Medical College Admissions Test — also known as the MCAT — is typically taken in-person. COVID-19 has caused widespread cancellations of MCAT testing dates this spring, posing a disruption to the application process. New for the 2020-2021 application cycle, ICOM will not be requiring a letter of recommendation from a physician due to challenges presented by COVID-19, however it’s encouraged.

As a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is following AACOM’s guidelines in adapting its application review process. This allows for greater flexibility in accepting online coursework, accepting pass/fail/satisfactory/unsatisfactory coursework, and reviewing applications prior to receiving MCAT scores.

As the situation evolves, updates regarding the application and admissions process can be found on AACOM’s COVID-19 Resource page at the following link: https://choosedo.org/coronavirus/

Additionally, please refer to AACOM’s newly released letter to future applicants for details regarding these changes at the following link: https://choosedo.org/osteopathic-medical-schools-adapt-admissions-processes/

Frequently Asked Questions

ICOM remains committed to its Mission and hopes to fill each class with bright, inquisitive students who are passionate about Osteopathic Medicine. Please note, ICOM will remain as flexible and understanding as possible.