KBOI - Idaho's first medical school starts classes Monday

On Monday, classes will start at Idaho's first and only medical school.

And in 2022, there will be 162 new doctors if everybody at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) finishes the program.

The school welcomed the Class of 2022 at an orientation day Wednesday.

"In four years, they're going to go into a residency program here in Idaho and throughout the United States," said Dr. Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer. "They are incredibly motivated and they are truly pioneers to be the first class in Idaho's first medical school."

But pioneers are also big risk-takers and so we asked some of these future doctors if they think it's a risk to begin their journey at a brand new medical school.

"I think there's risk with every opportunity," said Erica Latorre of Coeur d’Alene. "But getting the chance to go to a medical school in Idaho has many more opportunites than risks."

Forty-one of the students at ICOM are from Idaho, the same place where they want to raise their families and put down roots.

"And I feel excited about the opportunity to start something here," said Jacob Boyd of Nampa. "I'm from here, born and raised, and I feel excited to help bring about Idaho's first medical school."