Local doctor joins first ICOM faculty

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Dr. Troy Geyman has been appointed an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine for ldaho’s first MD/DO’s continuing education college. Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine opened its doors Sept. 5, 2018, with 162 students (42 ldahoans) enrolled in the first class. ICOM’s mission is to be the nation’s leader in training osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and beyond.

In the U.S., there are two types of physicians who practice medicine. Most physicians hold the Doctor of Medicine degree (MD), while osteopathic physicians hold the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree (DO). Both DOs and M05 lead the healthcare team, are licensed in all 50 states, are represented in every specialty, and are recognized for the high quality of their training. However, while 005 and M05 are very similar, there are some differences. 005 are fully licensed physicians (M 05) who practice in all areas of medicine, from family medicine to emergency medicine to surgery. DOs have an additional 250 (or more) hours in hands-on osteopathic principles and practice and are more likely to go into primary care. They are the fastest-growing segment of physicians and provide a full range of services, from prescribing drugs to performing surgery. In addition, DOS also offer something special a whole person approach to treatment and care.

ldaho ranks forty-ninth in terms of physicians per capita. This is in part due to Idaho being the most populous state without a medical school of its own. With ICOM opening in Meridian, ldaho now has a coveted opportunity for its own committed ldahoans to go to medical school, ensuring a steady supply of Osteopathic Physicians in the state.

Adjunct Faculty Professor’s like Dr. Troy Geyman, play an important role in the journey to become a fully licensed osteopathic physician. ICOM takes special care to recruit the finest, highly recommended MD/DOs as choice hands-on residency opportunities for completion of the last phase of medical education. Once graduated, they pursue of residency training in their chosen specialty, building a broad and deep medical knowledge base, honing their clinical and OMM skills, with further specialization in a fellowship program, will produce a rich and rewarding career. Many DOs specialize in primary care, where their patient-centered focus on disease prevention, lifestyle modifications, and osteopathic manipulation skills can be fully utilized. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, DOs offer patients some of the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.

Dr. Troy Geyman is also an Affiliate Faculty Member for Idaho State University, making a significant contribution to the educational or research effort of ISU, and serving all three of ISU’s campuses.

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