Pre-Accreditation Granted to Idaho’s First Medical School
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will be breaking ground soon
MERIDIAN, IDAHO – The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has awarded the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) its pre-accreditation status. This is the school’s most recent step in preparation to open its doors in August of 2018.
“This is a monumental day for Idaho's first medical school. ICOM will be a game changer and make an incredible impact on the health of the region for generations to come. Idahoans will be proud of their first medical school,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean and chief academic officer.
Pre-accreditation is a critical step in the accreditation process, which included the submission of a feasibility study, an onsite inspection, a public comment period, and multiple in-person testimonials to the accreditation committee. Additionally, ICOM was required to deposit more than $37 million in escrow and operating reserves.
“The process of securing pre-accreditation is rigorous and challenging—and certainly represents a major milestone in our efforts to date. We are absolutely committed to opening Idaho’s first college of medicine and are grateful to our healthcare partners and other stakeholders from around the state and region who support our efforts and understand the tremendous need for more physicians in Idaho and beyond” said Tracy Farnsworth, ICOM President.