Press Release - Camera on ICOM’s Construction Site Captures Progress being Made on Idaho’s First Medical School

Camera on ICOM’s Construction Site Captures Progress being Made on Idaho’s First Medical School

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Just a few weeks after the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) broke ground on the first medical school in Idaho, construction has been moving along steadily, and most importantly on time.

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Meridian Press - Construction underway on Meridian medical school

Construction on the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine began in May. A steel frame can be seen from Interstate 84 between the Meridian Road and Eagle Road exits.

The college, which is still in the accreditation process, plans to open in August 2018 for a class of 150 students. It shares a campus with the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center, but it is a private, separate entity.

Post Register - Local shares med school experiences

Bryan Baker’s decision to become a doctor was natural. The Idaho Falls native grew up around medicine.

Three uncles are doctors, along with a brother and grandfather. One sister is a nurse practitioner and another is a nurse.

The Hillcrest High School graduate, 29, attended Brigham Young University-Idaho as an undergraduate.

At that point, after realizing how much he enjoyed anatomy and physiology classes, Baker decided the atmosphere he grew up in could become a career, so he signed up for medical school.

“I enjoyed those classes, learning how the body heals and functions,” Baker said. “And I wanted to do something of service to others, something to allow me to contribute to the community and be part of the community.”

Photos from Groundbreaking

Here are some great photos from our history-making groundbreaking on May 17, 2017.  

Mr. Dan Burrell (Founder) and some of his team members.  

Mr. Dan Burrell (Founder) and some of his team members.  

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Mr. Burrell (Founder) and Founding Dean Hasty. 

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Groundbreaking for Idaho's first medical school! 

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Mr. Burrell (Founder) with Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter. 

KPVI - New Medical School Breaks Ground in Meridian

KPVI -

State and local leaders celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of Idaho's first medical school.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will be built next to the Idaho State University Meridian Campus. ICOM officials, along with Gov. "Butch" Otter, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, Sen. Marv Hagedorn and ISU President Arthur Vailas, donned hardhats and picked up shovelfuls of dirt at the morning groundbreaking.

Idaho Press-Tribune - Construction starts on Idaho's first medical school

Idaho Press-Tribune - Construction starts on Idaho's first medical school

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian aims to accept 150 students starting in 2018

To any doubters of the proposed medical school in Idaho, Gov. Butch Otter has this to say: “You were wrong, we were right, and I’m glad with stuck with it.”

Otter spoke at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM.

The private, for-profit college — the first medical school in Idaho — is slated to open in Meridian in August 2018, pending accreditation.