State and local leaders celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking at the future site of Idaho's first medical school.
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will be built next to the Idaho State University Meridian Campus. ICOM officials, along with Gov. "Butch" Otter, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, Sen. Marv Hagedorn and ISU President Arthur Vailas, donned hardhats and picked up shovelfuls of dirt at the morning groundbreaking.
Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer Doctor Robert Hasty said the finished medical school will give opportunities for Idahoans to eventually become physicians in the gem state.
Dr. Robert Hasty/Chief Academic Officer, ICOM, "This is a diamond day in the gem state. This is incredibly important, the leadership, from the government, from our team, to create Idaho's first medical school. This is a day for the history books for the state of Idaho."
ICOM is expected to open its doors in fall of 2018, welcoming up to 150 medical students in its first year.