To help change the shortage of primary physicians in Idaho, the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will give special admission consideration to Idahoans who come from rural Idaho towns to increase the number of primary physicians who want to return to their hometowns.

Idaho is the most populous state without a medical school of its own, and it ranks 49th (per capita) for lack of doctors. 35 of Idaho’s 44 counties are defined as rural, and 16 counties are classified as frontier counties.

ICOM plans to open in August 2018.

SOURCE:, March 28, 2017