ICOM selects 10 Regional Assistant Deans

Dr. Patrick Kenney, ICOM Regional Assistant Dean, meets with Student Doctors on campus.

Dr. Patrick Kenney, ICOM Regional Assistant Dean, meets with Student Doctors on campus.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), Idaho’s first medical school, recently named 10 individuals to the newly created positions of Regional Assistant Deans for the school’s clinical rotations core sites. 

ICOM students will spend their third and fourth years in clinical clerkship rotations at core-affiliated hospital and outpatient sites throughout the country. All clinical rotations are completed with contracted, accredited physicians. Additionally, each core site will have a Regional Dean and Coordinator to facilitate a strong educational experience.

The newly-appointed Regional Deans include:

    • R. Lee Biggs, DO, MPH, FACOG, CPE — overseeing students at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, ID.

    • Charles “Chad” Boult, MD — overseeing students in the Treasure Valley, including Saint Alphonsus Health System, West Valley Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI), St. Luke’s Health System, and the Boise VA.

    • Shawn Cannon, DO, FACOI — overseeing students at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital in Southampton, New York.

    • Kevin Franks, DO, FAAEM — overseeing students at Trinity Health in Minot, North Dakota.

    • Ty Hanson, DO — overseeing students at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

    • Patrick Kenney, DO — overseeing students at Regional Health in Rapid City, South Dakota.

    • Richard Lai, MD — overseeing students at Benefis Health System in Great Falls, Montana.

    • Joshua Stringam, DO — overseeing students throughout the Magic Valley, including St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, North Canyon Medical Center, and the Wellness Tree Community Clinic.

    • Brandon West, DO — overseeing students across Pocatello, Idaho, including Portneuf Medical Center. 

    • Rourke Yeakley, MD — overseeing students in the Treasure Valley, including Saint Alphonsus Health System, West Valley Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI), St. Luke’s Health System, and the Boise VA.

“ICOM’s Regional Assistant Deans are a group of talented physician leaders who are developing incredible training opportunities for our medical students,” said Dr. Kevin Wilson, ICOM Interim Dean. “These physicians will be instrumental to our students’ experiences during clinical rotations.”

Core site assignments for ICOM students will take place in the fall of their second year, with significant efforts to place students at their core site of choice. Site placement procedures are designed to support the mission of ICOM to recruit students to meet the health care workforce needs of rural and medically underserved areas. 

ICOM’s core sites include: Treasure Valley; Magic Valley; Eastern Idaho; Great Falls, Montana; Aberdeen, South Dakota; Rapid City, South Dakota; Minot, North Dakota; and Southampton, New York. 

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