The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is a private medical school affiliated with Idaho State University. The mission of ICOM is to educate students to become highly competent and caring osteopathic physicians and healthcare leaders dedicated to delivering whole-person care in Idaho and other underserved communities. The College received full accreditation by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and graduated its inaugural class in May of 2022. 

Rice Management Company, which manages the endowment for Rice University, is the single largest investor in the College. The Rise Fund, TPG’s multi-sector global impact investing strategy with deep experience in higher education and the healthcare industry, became a minority investor in the College in February of 2022. Learn about ICOM’s Board of Trustees here. 

ICOM was founded in partnership with Idaho State University and other senior Idaho healthcare and government officials to help address the current and growing shortage of physicians in the Mountain West region and beyond. With approval from the Idaho State Board of Education, former Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the creation of ICOM in February of 2016.

Although Idaho is among the most rapidly growing areas of the country, the state ranks 50th for the number of active physicians per capita, 47th for the number of resident physicians per capita, and 45th for the number of primary care physicians, according to the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) 2021 State Physician Workforce Data Report. Prior to the formation of ICOM, Idaho was the most populous state in the nation without a medical school of its own.