Medical education expansions underway in Idaho, Washington

Efforts to give medical students more opportunities closer to home and to address physician shortages in rural and underserved populations are underway in both Idaho and Washington.

Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), said they’re still on track to open Idaho’s first medical school in the fall of 2018.

“If anything, we’re speeding up in terms of where we are in the process,” he said.
Hasty said they are finalizing curriculum, hiring faculty and working towards pre-accreditation status. They hope to break ground in the next couple of months.

The private medical school, which will be near Idaho State University’s Meridian Health Science Center, will accept 150 students per class when it opens.

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