Governor, school officials to mark future ICOM site

Gov. Butch Otter will join officials from Idaho State University and the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine on Tuesday to mark with flags the future construction site of Idaho's first medical school.

The medical school, or ICOM, is still in the accreditation process and is slated to open in the fall of 2018. It will lease land from ISU on the Meridian campus but will be separately licensed and independently operated.

ICOM plans to serve a five-state region of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota. In accepting students, the college will give preference to residents of the region. The first class of 2018 is expected to have an enrollment of 150 students.

The Idaho Commerce Department has awarded ICOM with a tax reimbursement incentive that will add up to $3.9 million. Hasty said all of the savings will be used for student scholarships.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday, the public is invited to join Otter, ISU President Arthur Vailas, ICOM Founding Dean Robert Hasty and other dignitaries to mark the construction site near the east entrance of the ISU Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive.

Renderings of the future college will be on display.