September 15, 2017
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One Step Closer to Opening Day: ICOM Awarded New Pre-Accreditation (formerly called Provisional Accreditation) Status
MERIDIAN, IDAHO – The American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) awarded the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) its new Pre-Accreditation status (formerly called Provisional Accreditation) during its recent meeting in late August.
“This is a major milestone for ICOM and this new level of accreditation solidifies our presence in the community and the state as the first medical school in Idaho,” explained Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean and chief academic officer. “Our next focus is working with our great team of contractors at ESI to ensure our state-of-the-art facility is moving forward as scheduled and we are hopeful to get approved to start accepting applications later this year.”
“This has been a great project for ESI and we are moving along as projected when we started building ICOM,” said Joe Jackson, ESI vice president of operations. “We know and understand the importance of ensuring we build a facility that trains the best and brightest doctors. That is why we take our job of quality healthcare construction seriously. It is a great honor to be building this medical school and we too look forward to opening day.”
To date, ICOM has hired 36 full-time faculty and staff. By August 2018 when the school plans to opens its doors, 75 full-time positions will be filled. When the first-class graduates in 2022, ICOM will employ 104 full-time faculty and staff in addition to hundreds of clinical and adjunct faculty.
“The ICOM team is working hard to ensure a timely opening in fall 2018. Launching a new medical school is a monumental undertaking and we deeply appreciate our many partners and stakeholders who are contributing so much to make this happen,” said Tracy Farnsworth, ICOM president.
ICOM’s mission is to train osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond.
Idaho is ranked 49th nationally for the number of physicians per capita and 50th for lack of primary care physicians. Idaho is the most populous state without a medical school of its own; ICOM will change those statistics with an estimated 50% of ICOM students expected to become primary care physicians.
Affiliations with 28 hospitals, medical centers and health care organizations have been secured thus far 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 and over $15 million in research.
The cost of building a modern, world-class medical education facility in Meridian is estimated to be upwards of $34 million--all privately funded. Idaho is expected to gain financially with an economic impact of more than $500 million in the first ten years of full operation. Moreover, student tuition will be lower than the national average for private osteopathic or allopathic medical schools.
ICOM is affiliated with Idaho State University and this incredible endeavor will have no burden on taxpayers.
ESI has a camera that captures the progress every 10 minutes and allows the public the opportunity to see the changes being made each day. Photos can be seen at: https://www.idahocom.org/plans
About the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) will be a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity located at Idaho State University’s Health Science Center in Meridian. As part of the collaboration and affiliation agreement with ISU, ICOM has agreed to a long-term land lease for its facility at the ISU - Meridian Health Science Center. Currently ICOM cannot solicit nor accept applications from students.