Dean & Chief Academic Officer

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Job ID: EB-8684897193
Job Title: Dean & Chief Academic Officer
Location: Meridian, ID

Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine

A unique opportunity to transform medical education in the Mountain West region as the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), Idaho’s first and only medical school dedicated to training osteopathic physicians to serve Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and beyond.

Located in the suburban city of Meridian, Idaho, ICOM was founded in 2016 to help address the regional physician shortage, particularly in rural and underserved communities (the state ranks 50th for the number of active physicians and resident physicians per capita). To help fill this vital need, the ICOM is actively recruiting for its new Dean/CAO. The Dean will be an academic innovator and medical education development and support leader who is enthusiastic to be a transformational leader in growing the College’s programmatic offerings. The Dean will position ICOM to meet the workforce needs of the state and region, positively contributing to the strength, health, and prosperity of Meridian, the Mountain West region, and beyond.

ICOM is a private medical school affiliated with Idaho State University (ISU). ICOM graduated its inaugural class on May 13, 2022, and received full accreditation from the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) in May of 2022. On August 1, 2022, ICOM matriculated the Class of 2026 – fifth cohort of students.

Meridian is a wonderful place to live and is conveniently situated 11 miles west of the state capital of Boise. The area is nestled in majestic foothills that offer a unique sense of community, vibrant cultural, seasonal, and recreational opportunities, and a quality of life second to none. Meridian has a semi-arid climate with four distinct seasons, low rain, and typically low snow fall. Meridian boasts affordable housing, low unemployment, a high public safety rating, and is consistently recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Cities to Live.


The successful candidate for the position of ICOM Dean and Chief Academic Officer will report to Dr. Tracy J. Farnsworth, President/CEO of ICOM. The Dean will play an integral role in overseeing the strategic objectives, developing program curriculum, supporting work to secure funds, and collaborating with partners to secure additional commitments for clinical placements and residencies.

Working with the President and ICOM senior leadership/administrative collaborators in support of the mission and the ICOM strategic plan, the Dean will help position ICOM to be the nation’s leader in training caring and expert osteopathic physicians.


  • ICOM is committed to educating students in the art and science of osteopathic medicine using the most current research in clinical and biomedical sciences.
  • ICOM operates within a public/private collaboration with ISU, sharing resources for the purposes of education and research, such as the DO-MPH degree option. ICOM and ISU are largely commuter campuses on roughly 15 acres.
  • State-of-the-art Facilities: The brand-new, 94,000-square-foot building is student-centered equipped with student lounges, a spiritual room, a mother’s room, dedicated research space, advanced technology, and equipment, including an earned distinction as an Apple Distinguished Institution, multiple study rooms, classrooms, and patient rooms, and a multi-million-dollar simulation lab.
  • ICOM is uniquely positioned to leverage existing and new programs to amplify positive outcomes for healthcare access and quality across the state.
  • ICOM offers a highly integrated system-based curriculum, Dual-degree programs, and clinical rotations.
  • Innovative Research: ICOM faculty and students pursue research in basic science, medical education, osteopathic principles and practices, and underserved and rural medicine.
  • 2021-2022 Enrollment:
    • Total medical school enrollment: 598
    • Total male: 372
    • Total female: 266
    • First-year matriculants: 160
    • First-year male matriculants: 97
    • First-year female matriculants: 63
    • Matriculants in-state: 18
    • Matriculants out-of-state: 142
    • Total enrollment affiliate institutions: 598

  • An earned D.O. degree from a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine.
  • An unrestricted medical license at some time in his/her career, free of disciplinary actions or sanctions while licensed.
  • AOA or ABMS board certification at some time in his/her career.
  • At least five (5) years of proven experience within the last ten (10) years in academic leadership roles that includes budget management authority, preferably at a college of osteopathic medicine.
  • An emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion for leadership, faculty, and students.
  • A commitment to training Osteopathic physicians interested in rural and medically underserved communities.


For immediate and confidential consideration, please inquire with an updated copy of your CV and a letter of interest. Qualified and interested candidates should submit their interest to Eric Dickerson:

Contact Information:
Eric Dickerson
Managing Director & Sr. Practice Leader
Kaye/Bassman International Corp.
(972) 265-5245 – Direct
Email: and/or

ICOM has partnered with Kaye/Bassman to fill this position for the College of Osteopathic Medicine. ICOM offers competitive pay and a full benefits package that includes 401(k), Health, Dental and Vision insurance, paid vacation, sick and holidays.

Commitment to Diversity + Inclusion:
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/Title IX employer committed to a culturally diverse staff, faculty, and student body. ICOM values diversity and is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. ICOM is dedicated to diversity and include of all people and groups and encourage those who are underrepresented in medicine to apply.