Lewis-Clark State College has entered into an agreement with the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine that provides qualified students a chance to attend the only medical school in Idaho.
The memorandum of understanding will allow as many as five qualified LCSC students annually a chance to be interviewed for possible admission into the Meridian-based college, where they can earn a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.
LCSC students who do well in pre-medical undergraduate academic programs, like biology and chemistry, may qualify if they meet the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine’s general admission requirements and complete the prerequisite courses needed.
Jacob Hornby, LCSC’s pre-medical adviser and a biology professor, said the agreement will help the state reach its goal of increasing access to medical care.
“Encouraging more students, as they approach college, to consider health care as a career is one way to deal with this challenge,” Hornby said. “We look forward to developing a strong relationship with ICOM in the years to come.”
A large part of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine’s mission is to help address the shortage of physicians in the Pacific Northwest, particularly in Idaho.
A study by the Association of American Medical Colleges stated a significant shortage of physicians is expected by 2030.