Years 1 and 2 of the Curriculum
The ICOM pre-clinical curriculum is designed to be highly integrated to provide both a rigorous foundation in the fundamental principles of biomedical science and a robust emphasis on the clinical sciences including osteopathic principles, clinical skills and professionalism. During the first two years of ICOM’s curriculum, provided on ICOM’s campus in Meridian, Idaho, foundational concepts in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Physiology and knowledge of the components of Research have been integrated in an interleaved fashion with clinical content to be delivered via eleven organ system-based courses.
During their pre-clinical education, students will be introduced to osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). Students will receive communication skills and osteopathic terminology necessary for history-taking and conducting an osteopathic physical examination. Additionally, all students will engage in clinical courses which provide essential training in the history, principles and practice of osteopathic medicine, physical and differential diagnosis, medical ethics and the legal aspects of medicine. State-of-the-art patient simulators and standardized patients will enhance students’ familiarity with clinical scenarios and development of clinical skills.
All ICOM students will have the opportunity to complete an Early Clinical Experience (ECE). The ECE begins in the second year and includes engaging in seeing patients in the ICOM student run OMT clinic, participating in community events with the Student American Academy of Osteopathy, as well as seeing patients in local community clinics. Throughout the first and second years, students will engage in longitudinal cumulative curriculum review and caring and competent physician courses which will reinforce the skills required for the successful practice of osteopathic medicine and promote a healthy professional life of lifelong learning.
*Note: ICOM reserves the right to make essential changes in its curriculum at any time as appropriate for its mission to train osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and beyond.