The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine has returned to in-person instruction and on-campus activities for the Fall 2021 semester, in accordance with state and public health guidelines. Some large group lectures are being provided using an online or hybrid model, but student doctors are welcome to attend in person.
With coronavirus transmission rates still high in the Treasure Valley and around the state, ICOM’s COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet regularly to evaluate these changing pandemic conditions and make operational adjustments as needed. ICOM is committed to maintaining an environment where students can safely receive their education.
Cloth face coverings are required indoors for all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — unless alone in a private office, study room, or workspace. N-95 masks are required for close-contact in-person training.
ICOM is not enforcing physical distancing requirements, and face coverings are not required when outside.
Student doctors and employees are asked to immediately report symptoms, known exposures, and positive COVID tests. On campus contact tracing is being performed and anyone exposed will be asked to quarantine off campus. If there was a true exposure (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19, all those exposed will need to be tested 3-5 days following the contact. Once a negative result is received, the individual may return to campus.
ICOM does not mandate the vaccine, but it is highly encouraged. Unvaccinated students may not be able to complete their medical training and meet graduation requirements, since the majority of the College’s clinical partners require the vaccine for third- and fourth-year clinical rotations.
ICOM encourages students, faculty, staff and visitors to remain diligent with sanitization and personal hygiene, and to remain off campus if experiencing symptoms concerning for COVID.