"Right now Idaho currently ranks 49th in terms of physicians per capita but also residency positions per capita," says Dr. Robert Hasty. "And by being Idaho's first medical school we are going to make a big difference."
This fall, 162 students will walk through the doors of Idaho's first medical school and one big area of focus for their modern curriculum is prescription practices, aiming to improve education on addictive side effects and available alternatives to prescription opioids.
At first glance, Idaho’s rural doctor shortage is a dire situation. A recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges placed Idaho 49th in the nation for the number of physicians per capita. But progress is being made.
With just over three months to go, construction workers are putting the finishing touches on Idaho's first medical school.
Since its conception, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM, has boasted that it will be a game changer for health care in the region.
Take a tour of Idaho's first medical school -- the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
ICOM will be the first medical school in Idaho when it opens in Meridian this summer. The three-story college, next to Idaho State University-Meridian off Interstate 84, will tentatively be complete June 11, two months before the first class of students arrives.
You can see the ICOM building from a mile away, its acronym boldly emblazoned in an upper corner.
Idaho’s first medical school makes an architectural statement alongside Interstate 84 at Locust Grove Road in Meridian. Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer CEO Robert Hasty has equally lofty aspirations.
The ICOM building, located in Meridian is currently being built and is ahead of schedule and under budget. While they were drawing up concepts for the new state of the of the art building, they said a lot of time and energy went into designing a building that would be safe for all students.
Spring marks an exciting time for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Idaho’s first medical school. The past several months have been an incredible time, and we have been able to watch our progress as our new home has risen to become the most modern medical school in the nation.