Sneak peek inside Idaho's first and only medical school

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — 94,000 square feet, three stories high, and located right next to Idaho State University's Meridian Health and Science Center.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine is four months into construction, and already three weeks ahead of schedule.

Dr. Robert Hasty, Founding Dean and Chief Academic Advisor says this college is a step forward for our state.

"Idaho currently ranks 50th in terms primary care physicians, 49th in terms of overall physicians. We're going to be a game changer for the state of Idaho and for the region."

Dr. Hasty says osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing fields in medicine.

Hasty says the training here will be a patient-centered approach, preparing students for real world situations.

"Idaho's the epicenter for great physician needs in the United States. the amount of rural and underserved needs, as well as the primary care needs, that's why we chose Idaho as our base and it's also why we chose an osteopathic school because D.O.'s are more likely to serve in rural and underserved settings."

ICOM is set to accept 150 students per year and will serve the five state region of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

"We are always going to give preference to Idahoans and folks from the region, preference over folks outside the region and if you look at how difficult it is for an Idahoan to go to medical school and become a physician this is going to be a game changer for them."

With a price tag of 34 million dollars, all in private funding, Dr. Hasty says this has given them the opportunity to create a medical school of the future.

"We have been thoughtful with everything throughout our facility from our large group learning environment, to the 250 seat auditorium, to our simulation rooms which are truly going to be state of the art in terms of students working in a simulation setting."

This state of the art medical school is set to open its doors in August of 2018.