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.
“This is a major milestone for ICOM,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean and chief academic officer. “Our application process is now open and we can direct students on how to apply to ICOM and be a part of this great medical school. We will be recruiting the best and brightest students who want to be caring and competent physicians.”
“There is a need in Idaho and ICOM will now be able to follow its mission and start the process of educating world-class doctors,” said Dan Burrell, ICOM founder and trustee. “I couldn’t be more happy with COCA’s decision to grant this great medical school the opportunity to open its doors to students and start the osteopathic medical education that so many future physicians are waiting for.”
“Our team is working hard to ensure that we are completely ready to matriculate our opening class in fall 2018. Launching a new medical school is an enormous undertaking, and we are grateful to our many academic, clinical, financial and other stakeholders who are helping to make this happen. Our aim is to be among the nation’s leaders in osteopathic medical education—and to recruit outstanding and well prepared students motivated to serve Idahoan’s and the good people of our region” said Tracy Farnsworth, ICOM president.
Affiliations with 32 hospitals, medical centers and health care organizations have been secured for ICOM students to start rotations in 2020. More than $5 million has been allocated for the development of residency programs in the first 10 years.
ICOM has partnered with Idaho State University and this incredible endeavor will have no burden on taxpayers. In addition, tuition costs will be lower than the average for private osteopathic or allopathic medical schools.
Prospective students are able to apply at www.Idahocom.org