The Dean of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Robert Hasty, tells KTVB they are right on track to start building the school. He says they are hopeful they will have that pre-accreditation soon and says he is happy with where they are in the process.
Proposed medical school to reduce the lack of physicians in Idaho
A majority of Idahoans live in small rural towns where shopping local is not only the preferred option, but the only nearby option. Neighbors know neighbors and it is safe for kids to walk to school. It is quintessential, except for one thing, the shortage of doctors in these rural communities.
A majority of Idahoans live in small rural towns where shopping local is not only the preferred option, but the only nearby option. Neighbors know neighbors, and it is safe for kids to walk to school. It is quintessential, except for one thing: the shortage of doctors in these rural communities.
ICOM's Curriculum Focus Group meets to identify and discuss common symptom presentations for each of the body's symptoms.
Construction is expected to begin next month on a building that will house the first medical school in Idaho.
The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will be situated on the campus of the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center in Meridian, but will operate independently of the university, according to the medical school's web site.
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) We talk about those careers and industries that are booming and there is definitely a need here in Idaho for more medical professionals.
Idaho and four other states don't have a medical college but that could soon change.
“By 2030 this new research shows that there's going to be up to 104 thousand shortage of physicians,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, Founding Dean.
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) is expected to welcome its first class in August 2018. Located in Meridian, it will be the first medical school in the state. “Idaho is the most populous state without a medical school of its own,” Dr. Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer, said. “There are huge needs in the state for a facility like this. Idaho ranks 49th in terms of physicians per capita.”
The proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) site is situated adjacent to Idaho State University’s Health Sciences Center in Meridian, Idaho. Once complete, the medical school will train new osteopathic physicians prepared for caring for persons in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Efforts to give medical students more opportunities closer to home and to address physician shortages in rural and underserved populations are underway in both Idaho and Washington.
Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), said they’re still on track to open Idaho’s first medical school in the fall of 2018.
“If anything, we’re speeding up in terms of where we are in the process,” he said.