Idaho's first medical school to open in 2018

BOISE Idaho, which ranks 49th in the nation in number of doctors

per capita, will get its first medical school, Gov. Butch Otter announced Thursday.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, a private medical school that will locate on the Meridian campus of Idaho State University, plans to break ground in 2017 and accept its first class of 150 medical students in 2018.

Otter called it “an exciting day for the entire state of Idaho.”

Dr. Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer for the new medical school, said, “It’s a done deal.”

Osteopathic doctors are fully trained and licensed, according to the Mayo Clinic, although their training includes more of an emphasis on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation and massage therapy than conventional medical school does.

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