Meridian Press - Medical school invests in East Idaho residency program

A training opportunity for new doctors is launching in Idaho next month.

The Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, with seed money from Idaho’s first medical school, is starting a three-year internal medicine residency program that will train 10 new doctors a year starting July 1.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, a private medical school opening in Meridian this year, will pitch in $500,000.

The Meridian medical school, called ICOM, plans to accept 150 students a year. Upon graduating, the new doctors will need training in the field. Idaho health professionals have expressed concern that hospitals and clinics won’t have the capacity to train the influx in graduates. ICOM has committed to put $5 million in its first 10 years toward the development of residency programs, founding dean and Chief Academic Officer Robert Hasty said.

Over the next three years, ICOM plans to help fund three more residency programs in Idaho Falls.