December 8, 2017
Senior Media Specialist
(Bethesda, MD)—The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) voted in December to allow the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) to recruit and matriculate students for its inaugural class in fall 2018.
Robert Hasty, DO, leads the college as Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer.
ICOM is situated on the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center campus in Meridian, ID, just over 10 miles from Boise. Idaho currently ranks 50th in the United States for primary care physicians per capita (according to U.S. News and World Report).
Since the October COCA decision to approve the college for pre-accreditation, ICOM has been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 49 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private institutions.
AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.