Idaho's new medical school now accepting applications

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian is now accepting applications from prospective students.

Officials with Idaho's first medical school announced the school has moved forward in its pre-accreditation status with the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. That means it can start recruiting students and can remove the word “proposed” from its name.

“This is a major milestone for ICOM,” said Dr. Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean and chief academic officer. “Our application process is now open and we can direct students on how to apply to ICOM and be a part of this great medical school. We will be recruiting the best and brightest students who want to be caring and competent physicians.”

The school, which is a partner with Idaho State University, is expected to start classes in fall 2018. It's under construction at 1311 E. Central Drive. That's near Locust Grove Road and Interstate 84.

The medical school has secured affiliations with 32 hospitals, medical centers and health care organizations for ICOM students to start rotations in 2020, according to a press release.

Prospective students can apply at www.Idahocom.org.