Meridian Press - New Meridian medical school accepts first student

Idaho's first medical school has officially accepted its first set of students.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine announced 18 students have been accepted into the program. All but one are from Idaho.

The first class for the school, which is under construction now in Meridian, will have 150 students. School officials said applications have exceeded expectations.

“We are excited to start accepting our first medical students for our inaugural class that will begin August 2018,” stated Robert Hasty, ICOM founding dean. “With a focus on training caring and competent physicians, ICOM will improve healthcare in the region for generations to come. “Becoming a medical student at ICOM is a very competitive process, but it is an important part of our vision of becoming the nation's leader in training caring and expert osteopathic physicians in support of our mission.”

The school's mission is to train physicians who will want to return to their hometowns to practice medicine, including in rural areas of the state and region.