Meridian Press - Idaho medical school names new regional leaders

MERIDIAN — Idaho's medical school in Meridian has named 10 people to lead the school's clinical rotation core sites, from Idaho to New York.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM, opened in August 2018 and is Idaho's first medical school. Students will spend their third and fourth years in clinical rotations at affiliated hospital and outpatient sites throughout the country. 

Each site will have a regional assistant dean. In Idaho that includes Dr. R. Lee Biggs at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls; Dr. Charles “Chad” Boult in the Treasure Valley, including at Saint Alphonsus, West Valley Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, St. Luke’s and the Boise VA; and Dr. Joshua Stringam in the Magic Valley, including at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, North Canyon Medical Center, and the Wellness Tree Community Clinic.

ICOM’s other core sites are in Great Falls, Montana; Aberdeen, South Dakota; Rapid City, South Dakota; Minot, North Dakota; and Southampton, New York.

The sites are designed to support the mission of ICOM to recruit students to meet the health care workforce needs of rural and medically underserved areas, according to a press release from the school.

The college in the coming months will also be hiring a new dean and chief academic officer, as founding Dean Robert Hasty has taken a job to help start another medical school.