REXBURG — A local doctor has been chosen to help head Idaho’s first medical school.
Dr. Rodney Bates, a former hospitalist at Madison Memorial Hospital, will become the chair of the Primary Clinical Department at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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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.
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.
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.”
Here are some great photos from our history-making groundbreaking on May 17, 2017.
Mr. Burrell (Founder) and Founding Dean Hasty.
Groundbreaking for Idaho's first medical school!
Mr. Burrell (Founder) with Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.
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The first medical school in Idaho has been slated to open in August 2018, pending its accreditation.