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About The Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, LLC – Application Status:

Our Mission: The mission of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine LLC – Application Status is to train osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and beyond.

The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) – application status located at Idaho State University will be a freestanding, privately funded, separately licensed and independently operated entity located at ISU’s Health Science Center in Meridian. The school will be independent of ISU, but ISU will have representation on the school’s board of trustees. Initial capital investment in the proposed ICOM – application project will be approximately $105 million.

As part of the collaboration and affiliation agreement with ISU, the proposed ICOM – application status has agreed to a long-term land lease for its facility at ISU’s Meridian Health Science Center.  Construction of a roughly 80,000-square-foot, $32 million building to house the medical school will begin by or in February 2017.  The proposed ICOM – application status also will pay ISU for medical school students to use shared campus space or services.  In addition, the proposed ICOM – application status will provide for sharing medical school space and service with ISU students.  The agreement provides for joint appointments and shared faculty and joint research between ISU and the proposed ICOM – application status.


Additionally, the proposed ICOM – application status has agreed to create a significant fund to stimulate and assist sponsoring institutions to evaluate and pursue the creation of new graduate medical education (residencies) in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.  Details of that fund will be announced after first being reviewed by Idaho Hospital Association leaders and representatives of other entities that wish to collaborate in the program.

The proposed ICOM – application status plans to register with the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office as a benefit corporation or “B Corp.” Benefit corporations must make a legal change to their operating agreement or articles of incorporation regarding their commitment to the community and society rather than placing shareholder value as their highest priority.

About Idaho’s Physician Workforce:

Based on 2015 data from the American Association of Medical Colleges, Idaho is 49th among the 50 states in active physicians per capita, 46th in primary care physicians per capita, 49th in female physicians per capita, and 48th in graduate medical education per capita. Based on 2015 data from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, 348 residents from the five-state region that will be served by the proposed ICOM – application status are attending osteopathic medical schools throughout the United States. Of those, 171 or 49 percent are Idaho residents.

About Osteopathic Medical Schools and Physicians:

In the United States, there are two types of physicians who practice medicine. Most physicians hold the Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.), while osteopathic physicians hold the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (D.O).  Other than teaching osteopathic manipulative medicine/osteopathic principles and practice, the medical training for an M.D. and D.O. is very similar.   Both D.O. and M.D. students attend and complete four years of medical school, taking the same coursework during years one and two and clinical training in years three and four.  There are approximately 141 allopathic (M.D.) medical schools and 30 osteopathic (D.O.) medical schools at 42 locations in the United States.  D.O. physicians complete conventional residencies in hospitals and training programs; are licensed in all 50 states; and have rights and responsibilities that are identical to M.D. physicians and surgeons.

D.O.s can practice as neurosurgeons, heart surgeons, radiologists, orthopedic surgeons and every other medical specialty.  The American Osteopathic Association and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which accredits allopathic residency programs, have collaborated to create a unified accreditation system for graduate medical education or residency programs in the United States. There are more than 92,000 D.O.s in the United States, making up about 11 percent of all practicing physicians nationwide. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Hasty, DO, FACOI, FACP, at 208-696-ICOM or via email at info@idahocom.org

About the ICOM Leadership:

Dr. Robert Hasty, DO, FACOI, FACP. As the proposed ICOM – application status’s founding dean and chief academic officer, Dr. Hasty will manage day-to-day operations and strategic growth of the medical school in collaboration with the Board of Trustees. Dr. Hasty received his undergraduate education at the University of Miami and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or D.O. degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Hasty associate dean for postgraduate affairs at Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina. Dr. Hasty is board certified in internal medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists as well as the American College of Physicians.

John H. Goodnow. As the proposed ICOM – application status’s Chairman of the Board, Goodnow will provide leadership and governance support to Dr. Hasty. Goodnow has been CEO of Benefis Health System, based in Great Falls, Montana, since 2002, and has been a hospital administrator for over 35 years. Similar to other osteopathic school’s he will serve in both roles during the development.  He received his undergraduate education at the University of California-Davis and his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan. Goodnow is a fellow of the American College of Health Executives.

Tracy J Farnsworth EdD, MHSA, MBA, FACHE. – As the proposed ICOM – application status’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Tracy J Farnsworth will provide leadership support to Dr. Hasty. Farnsworth was appointed Associate Dean, Division of Health Sciences, Idaho State University (ISU) in 2010. Prior to his transition to higher education, Dr. Farnsworth assumed various executive level appointments with Intermountain Healthcare, Catholic Healthcare West, City of Hope National Medical Center, and other public and private healthcare systems. Farnsworth received Masters Degrees in Business and Health Services Administration from Arizona State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at ISU.

The Proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine – Applicant Status is applying for accreditation and can not solicit nor accept applications for students until provisional accreditation is achieved.