Spring marks an exciting time for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. The past several months have been an incredible time as ICOM’s new home has risen to become the most modern medical school in the nation.
Construction, which is being completed by Engineered Structures, Inc. (ESI), is ahead of schedule and under budget. With less than 60 days left of construction, ICOM’s state-of-the-art facility is coming to life.
A Certificate of Occupancy, which would allow faculty and staff to move into the building, is expected in June.
ICOM’s campus sits adjacent to Idaho State University’s Meridian location, specifically, the university’s anatomy and physiology laboratories; and when ICOM is completed, the 94,000-square-foot building will be home to the most advanced simulation center and largest standardized patient center in the state.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with our 40-year commitment to partner with ISU,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM Dean. “This fine University has been a pleasure to work with, and we are proud that our medical school will compliment ISU’s already highly-competitive and vastly growing medical programs.”
ICOM will also be home to a variety of human patient simulators ranging from low-fidelity, such as CPR Mannequins, to high-fidelity, sophisticated, computer-driven, interactive models that can talk and breathe — ideal for hands-on training.
In addition, a 3,479-square-foot Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) lab will house 40 hydraulic tables for students’ training purposes, as well as a teaching platform. Seven high definition monitors and multiple cameras will allow student to view the instruction throughout the room.
ICOM’s new facility has been a point of interest for the Treasure Valley. Facilities Director, Chris Wilson, estimates more than 55 hard hat tours have been given to interested community members since construction began last year. Idaho’s gubernatorial candidates, city leaders, business owners and many more have visited the site.