ICOM reopens, faces a ’new normal’ on campus

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) resumes full operations effective Monday, June 15, but will be operating under a “new normal.” 

This reopening comes after following a multi-phase plan for the college to gradually resume normal operations, which spanned a course of 90 days.

Under the new normal operational guidelines, employees, students and visitors will continue to engage in physical distancing of at least six feet, wear face coverings in public areas, and stay home if sick. Temperature checks will be performed at entrances.

All employees are returning to on-campus work, with special accommodations being made for at-risk employees. Meetings will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual attendance. Students are permitted to return to campus to resume independent and group study. Campus tours and non-essential visitors are also permitted.

ICOM will resume full campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester, which will include in-person instruction. In preparation, the college is making adjustments in scheduling, teaching methods, and use of space to deliver the curriculum while implementing public health guidelines. Contingency plans are being created, should the need arise to return to distance learning.

“It has never been more important to ensure our communities have well-trained physicians,” said Dr. Thomas J. Mohr, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of ICOM. “We are called to push forward with safe and effective methods for educating the next generation of physicians.”

For more information, visit idahocom.org/coronavirus.



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