All Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2022 graduates have participated in a residency program in the United States
BOISE, Idaho — The inaugural class of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) made history Friday by becoming the first osteopathic physicians produced in the Gem State.
After four long years at Idaho’s only medical school, the 145 graduates said they felt “over the moon” to finally be certified as doctors and continue their work in the medical field.
“Everyone comes to Idaho, including these wonderful medical students and as they should. This is a great faculty, staff and program,” said the president of the Idaho. ‘ICOM, Tracy Farnsworth. “We couldn’t be happier with how these young students are doing.”
100% of the Class of 2022 are employed in residency programs in 39 different states. They will be in 16 different specialties, 55% of which will remain in primary care specialties.
According to ICOM Dean and Director of Studies Thomas Mohr, DO, Idaho currently ranks 49th in residency positions per capita. Eight graduates remain in the Gem State to complete their residency programs, but Mohr said with momentum from ICOM, he hopes to have more opportunities to keep doctors in Idaho.
“For us to keep more of our graduates and other graduates in the state, we really need to expand opportunities for residency training or graduate medical education in the state of Idaho,” Mohr said. “We have the graduates now, we need the residency programs to keep them here.”
While many graduates plan to leave Idaho for their residencies, some, like ICOM President Zaid Ahmed’s Class of 2022, have said they plan to return.
“I came here with my wife, who is also a medical graduate now, and we loved this place. We totally see ourselves moving back here in the future,” Ahmed said.
He added that he fell in love with nature and the community of Idaho. He also knows how badly there is a need for doctors across the state. Ahmed will travel to southern New Jersey to do an emergency medicine residency.
Ahmed is from New York and said it was a bit risky to cross the country to enroll in a brand new medical school, but he thinks it was worth it.
“I have never been part of another institution and such a collaborative and supportive team,” Ahmed said.
As Ahmed and his classmates have set the bar for future ICOM courses, he hopes to see the college continue to grow and reach new people.
“I will give back to ICOM in the future,” said Ahmed. “I mean, they gave me an opportunity and now I’m going to be a doctor, you know? I can’t ask for more.”
With this promotion, ICOM is now a fully accredited medical school. They have seven years of accreditation approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Osteopathic Colleges, as well as approval from the Idaho State Board of Education to confer the degrees.
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