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SFESOM & Idaho

The Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine has a contract with the State of Idaho that ensures 10 Idaho residents are accepted to the MD program each year. In order to qualify for one of the 10 designated MD seats, Idaho residents must complete Idaho State Certification. Upon acceptance, certified Idaho students will pay in-state tuition rates, with the state of Idaho providing funding for the difference between in-state and out-of-state costs.

Applicants who are Idaho residents and do not complete state certification will be not be considered for one of the 10 Idaho seats.

Please note: MD-PhD/MSTP applicants from the state of Idaho are considered non-residents for seat allocation and are not required to complete the Idaho state certification. MD-PhD/MSTP students at SFESOM are fully funded by the MSTP program and are ineligible to receive Idaho state funding. 
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WWAMI Medical Education Program
Attn: Idaho Payback Provision
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 4016
Moscow, ID  83844-4061 

Idaho Service Payback Requirement

In 2022, the Idaho legislature passed House Bill 718 impacting Idaho students in both the WWAMI program and the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine that requires service payback in the state of Idaho for medical students matriculating starting in Fall 2023. Idaho residents accepted to one of the 10 Idaho seats at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine will be required to begin four years of full-time professional practice in Idaho within one year of completing a residency, fellowship, or obtaining a medical license. 

If a student does not abide by the contract to complete the work-in-Idaho requirement, the student must reimburse the state of Idaho for the amount the state spent in support of the student’s medical education.



Idaho State University
Office of the Registrar, Residency Specialist

921 S. 8th Ave
Mail Stop 8196
Pocatello, ID 83209-8196
Phone: (208) 282-2661
Fax: (208) 282-4231

Idaho State Certification

State Certification is required in order to be considered for one of the 10 Idaho acceptances at SFESOM.

All Idaho State Certifications are processed through the Idaho State University Registrar's Office, and completed certifications must be submitted with the applicant's Secondary Application by their provided deadline date.

Due to application volume and processing times, it is recommended to apply for State Certification when completing the AMCAS application.

Applying for State Certification  

  • Complete the Idaho Residency Determination Worksheet (IRDW) and additional instructions located on the Idaho State University Office of the Registrar website.
  • Deliver the completed IRDW and supporting documentation to the Idaho State University Office of the Registrar via email, postal mail or in person.



Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP)

Per the state of Idaho, students receiving state funds are also required to pay a surcharge to the Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP), a program administered by the state of Idaho designed to assist in loan repayment for graduates who return to practice in Idaho.



Premedical Advisors in Idaho

Premedical advisors are available on most college and university campuses to assist students and alumni in their preparation and application to medical school.

Premedical advisors are familiar with the admissions requirements of most medical schools, and SFESOM meets regularly with premedical advisors in the Intermountain area to review our admissions procedures and to discuss the admissions process.

If your college/university does not have premedical advisors, contact the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) for assistance.



Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine Office of Admissions
Eccles Health Sciences Education Building - Suite 5900
26 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112