2024-2025 Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM)

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Rising 4th year student. Feel free to ask me any questions about the school. Always happy to help.
 
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ICOM is private loans only right?
Yes, if you are planning on applying to ICOM be prepared for private loans. There is a chance that federal loans may be available by summer of 2025, but that’s not guaranteed so don’t count on it.
 
Has anyone received an email stating:
"The final review of your application has been completed. The next step in our admissions process includes completing an Acknowledgement Form, which includes the review of our College Catalog, Technical Standards and any other pertinent information. To continue in our admissions process and be eligible for an interview, you are required to complete this form."
I tried to find the form but couldn't, so I sent an email to admissions. I haven't received a response, but I'm wondering if anyone knows what they are talking about.
 
Has anyone received an email stating:
"The final review of your application has been completed. The next step in our admissions process includes completing an Acknowledgement Form, which includes the review of our College Catalog, Technical Standards and any other pertinent information. To continue in our admissions process and be eligible for an interview, you are required to complete this form."
I tried to find the form but couldn't, so I sent an email to admissions. I haven't received a response, but I'm wondering if anyone knows what they are talking about.
should be getting a follow up email today from ICOM with a link to the acknowledgement form.
 
So, they already sent me the link to the form, but it was faulty. I got an email from admissions saying that they fixed the link.
 
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Rising 4th year student. Feel free to ask me any questions about the school. Always happy to help.
Hi. When I was filling out the secondary application, one of the questions asked if I'd be interested in interviewing for a seat in the class of 2023-2024 although I applied for the 2024-2025 application cycle which just opened last month. I clicked yes and just a couple of days ago I got an email inviting me to interview on the 25th which is really soon, and makes me very nervous. I was wondering if you have heard about the chances of receiving an acceptance through this type of interview and if you have any advice on how to prepare because I wasn't expecting to receive an interview this early into the cycle. Also as a fourth year student I would love to know about what you have enjoyed about ICOM over your past 4 years!
 
Hi. When I was filling out the secondary application, one of the questions asked if I'd be interested in interviewing for a seat in the class of 2023-2024 although I applied for the 2024-2025 application cycle which just opened last month. I clicked yes and just a couple of days ago I got an email inviting me to interview on the 25th which is really soon, and makes me very nervous. I was wondering if you have heard about the chances of receiving an acceptance through this type of interview and if you have any advice on how to prepare because I wasn't expecting to receive an interview this early into the cycle. Also as a fourth year student I would love to know about what you have enjoyed about ICOM over your past 4 years!
Congrats on the interview! It’s normal to be nervous. The interview I had was pretty chill. Very conversational. It is open file so I would just be prepared for that if you have anything in your application you think they might ask you about. Other than that just try and be your authentic self. You received an interview this early in the cycle so there must have been something in your application they really loved. Make sure to send a thank you email to your interviewers afterwards and you’ll be golden. You should hear back from them with a decision by Friday.

As for what I loved about ICOM. The location was a big plus for me. Boise is a fun town. Tons of stuff to do and a lot of outdoor activities too. Hiking, skiing, kayaking. Going to Smurf turf for a Boise state game. You won’t run out of things to do. Unfortunately you just won’t have a lot of free time to do all this stuff as a med student lol. But your golden weekends after exam weeks are super fun.

For the school itself, I would say it’s a pretty standard experience. Similar to what friends at other DO schools experienced. One thing I really appreciate as a fourth year is that ICOM will set up your 4th year schedule for you if you’d like them to. I’ve heard some DO schools expect their students to set up their entire 4th year schedule themselves so thankfully I didn’t need to stress about that. Just set up audition rotations you’d like to do (or don’t if you think you don’t need them for your specialty) and ICOM will fill in the rest of your fourth year schedule for you.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Always happy to help. Good luck on your interview!!
 
ICOM is private loans only right?
Just wanted to update you and anyone who’s interested in federal loans at ICOM. We recently received an update from the financial aid office and the status of ICOMs application.

“ ICOM received word from the US Department of Education (ED) this week that we are moving forward in their approval process. ED is currently working on what is known as a Program Participation Agreement (PPA) that both they and ICOM must sign. Upon receiving the agreement signed by both parties, ICOM will be considered eligible for federal aid funds. However, once we have the signed PPA, ED has indicated that it will take several weeks from their side to activate our school code in their systems. This is not an automatic process and there are many steps involved to get to a place where students can use federal loans at ICOM.

Please note that ICOM cannot guarantee the timing of this process. We are reliant on ED to provide access to the federal systems we are required to use. From the time the PPA is signed, we anticipate the following steps will take approximately 8-10 weeks to complete.”
 
Just wanted to update you and anyone who’s interested in federal loans at ICOM. We recently received an update from the financial aid office and the status of ICOMs application.

“ ICOM received word from the US Department of Education (ED) this week that we are moving forward in their approval process. ED is currently working on what is known as a Program Participation Agreement (PPA) that both they and ICOM must sign. Upon receiving the agreement signed by both parties, ICOM will be considered eligible for federal aid funds. However, once we have the signed PPA, ED has indicated that it will take several weeks from their side to activate our school code in their systems. This is not an automatic process and there are many steps involved to get to a place where students can use federal loans at ICOM.

Please note that ICOM cannot guarantee the timing of this process. We are reliant on ED to provide access to the federal systems we are required to use. From the time the PPA is signed, we anticipate the following steps will take approximately 8-10 weeks to complete.”
So possibly fed loans for the upcoming school year?
 
So possibly fed loans for the upcoming school year?
Yeah, based on what they’re saying the federal student loan portal should be live around October this year. Students starting this July will still need to take out private loans for the fall semester but will have federal loans by the start of spring semester in January 2025.
 
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Have absolutely no idea but if you get an interview here you definitely have something in your application that they like.
okay, thank you! Had an interview here recently and waiting to hear back. Really hoping to attend ICOM! It was my first med school interview so I was certainly nervous, so I’m unsure how I did on my interview.
 
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okay, thank you! Had an interview here recently and waiting to hear back. Really hoping to attend ICOM! It was my first med school interview so I was certainly nervous, so I’m unsure how I did on my interview.
If you’ve gotten an interview invite this early on in the cycle I would say your chances of getting an A tomorrow or next Friday are pretty high. The admissions team is expecting you to be nervous so i wouldn’t worry about it. Hope you hear good news soon! Good luck!!
 
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If you’ve gotten an interview invite this early on in the cycle I would say your chances of getting an A tomorrow or next Friday are pretty high. The admissions team is expecting you to be nervous so i wouldn’t worry about it. Hope you hear good news soon! Good luck!!

Were you interviewing to start in July? I got an email saying the next step is to interview and they’ll be sending out invites for late August early September.
 
Were you interviewing to start in July? I got an email saying the next step is to interview and they’ll be sending out invites for late August early September.
I interviewed to start next month or to start in 2025
 
I interviewed to start next month or to start in 2025
Hi! I was wondering if you were OOS because I am also interviewing for a spot to start next month but I'm from the east coast and just kind of worried this might deter them from extending an acceptance this early. Also wondering if they mentioned anything about being considered for the 2024-2025 cycle we applied for through this interview if they decide not to accept us for their class that starts in a month. Thank you!
 
Congrats on the interview! It’s normal to be nervous. The interview I had was pretty chill. Very conversational. It is open file so I would just be prepared for that if you have anything in your application you think they might ask you about. Other than that just try and be your authentic self. You received an interview this early in the cycle so there must have been something in your application they really loved. Make sure to send a thank you email to your interviewers afterwards and you’ll be golden. You should hear back from them with a decision by Friday.

As for what I loved about ICOM. The location was a big plus for me. Boise is a fun town. Tons of stuff to do and a lot of outdoor activities too. Hiking, skiing, kayaking. Going to Smurf turf for a Boise state game. You won’t run out of things to do. Unfortunately you just won’t have a lot of free time to do all this stuff as a med student lol. But your golden weekends after exam weeks are super fun.

For the school itself, I would say it’s a pretty standard experience. Similar to what friends at other DO schools experienced. One thing I really appreciate as a fourth year is that ICOM will set up your 4th year schedule for you if you’d like them to. I’ve heard some DO schools expect their students to set up their entire 4th year schedule themselves so thankfully I didn’t need to stress about that. Just set up audition rotations you’d like to do (or don’t if you think you don’t need them for your specialty) and ICOM will fill in the rest of your fourth year schedule for you.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Always happy to help. Good luck on your interview!!
Thank you so much! I appreciate your thorough answer!
 
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Hi! I was wondering if you were OOS because I am also interviewing for a spot to start next month but I'm from the east coast and just kind of worried this might deter them from extending an acceptance this early. Also wondering if they mentioned anything about being considered for the 2024-2025 cycle we applied for through this interview if they decide not to accept us for their class that starts in a month. Thank you!
Well, I’m OOS, but in-region and a mission fit. Some others I interviewed with are from east coast. When I spoke to admissions about being considered for this year vs next, they said if you’re accepted for this year but choose not to matriculate, you are automatically accepted to begin next year. Essentially, if you’re accepted you get to choose to start this year or next. With that said they didn’t comment on being rejected to start this year, but accepted for the following year.
 
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Hi! I was wondering if you were OOS because I am also interviewing for a spot to start next month but I'm from the east coast and just kind of worried this might deter them from extending an acceptance this early. Also wondering if they mentioned anything about being considered for the 2024-2025 cycle we applied for through this interview if they decide not to accept us for their class that starts in a month. Thank you!
also a lot of students are from oos it seems. I don’t think the school has an IS/Regional bias. I think your chances are good! Just make sure you nail your interview which should be a piece of cake
 
also a lot of students are from oos it seems. I don’t think the school has an IS/Regional bias. I think your chances are good! Just make sure you nail your interview which should be a piece of cake
I'm in a similar boat today, I interviewed 6/17 and they said that decisions are being released sometime today, so I'm basically checking my email every 2.5 seconds
 
I'm in a similar boat today, I interviewed 6/17 and they said that decisions are being released sometime today, so I'm basically checking my email every 2.5 seconds
I read in a previous thread that decisions are released starting around 11am MT. The wait is potentially almost over! Best of luck and manifesting we both get the A!!
 
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Congratulations! Mind sharing your stats and your experiences when interviewing (any surprise questions etc.)?
MCAT 506, overall GPA 3.7 sGPA 3.55 (LM 66). The interview was a good experience! About 5 mins before the interview started, they had a student be there for "tech checks" but mainly they were there to break the ice and to decrease nerves and I think it definitely helped me to get some jitters out before the official interview. Started with welcome (videos) from the dean and president (apparently they weren't able to be there "in person", but the videos were fine). Ended with a student panel with 3 rising second-years who answered questions well. For the student panel I would have liked to hear from 3rd and 4th years so questions about residencies and clerkships could be better answered, but overall, the 3 students were really approachable and gave good answers. The interview itself had 2 professors asking questions. I think it's technically open-file but they didn't ask too many super specific questions, but it seemed like they had definitely looked over my experience lists because they asked questions about research and shadowing. Be prepared for hypotheticals, I got a bunch of those, for example: "let's say you had unlimited funding for research. What would you do with it?" I can't speak for everyone but I loved my 2 interviewers, I felt like they asked really interesting and thoughtful questions, and were good with asking follow ups. Sorry if this is long-winded, but hope this helps!
 
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Congrats! Are these Acceptances going to start this summer? Or are they for the 2025 start?
 
Congrats! Are these Acceptances going to start this summer? Or are they for the 2025 start?
Thank you! I said "maybe" when they asked if I was interested in starting 2024. In the offer letter, they offer acceptances for starting in 2024 and 2025, and you specify which class you want to be in.
 
Can you give some examples of interview questions? Or is there somewhere I can find potential questions?
They go through the applications fairly thoroughly and it seemed that most of the questions were related to my activities/experiences. I would recommend to be prepared to further discuss any activities or anything you mentioned in your PS. I think they had questions they had planned on asking but more pertinent questions popped up as we further discussed my activities. I did find a YouTube video with sample questions from Idaho COM that I think helped with practicing to think on the spot. My very best advice would be to focus on a theme during your interview. I found myself looping back to the same major focus that I had highlighted in my primary application. The interview is overall very relaxed so don't let your confidence slip. They want to see who you are; be yourself!
 
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I interviewed here many years ago but did not attend.

Private loans scared me greatly.
 
Congrats! When did you submit your application and how long did it take for them to schedule an interview with you?
AACOMAS verified June 13, Application review began on June 14, and an interview invite was received on June 21!
 
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ICOM just got approved for federal loans, so incoming Fall 2025 students should be good to go. I had a great experience with the interview. I submitted my application on 6/12, secondaries on 6/17, and the interview on 6/24, and I received my A on 6/28.
 
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