Meridian Press - ICOM announces interim dean; board hopes to secure permanent replacement by August

MERIDIAN — The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM, has named Kevin Wilson as interim dean, following the resignation of founding Dean Robert Hasty, which was announced Friday.

Wilson has been associate dean of clinical affairs for ICOM for the past two years.

“Dr. Wilson understands ICOM on many levels and has already played a key role in the success of the school from its formation until today,” Tracy Farnsworth, president of ICOM, said in a release from the medical school. “He stood out as a natural fit to lead as interim dean while a nationwide search is conducted for a permanent dean.”

ICOM’s board of trustees has commissioned a search for a new dean prior to the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, which begins Aug. 5.

As associate dean of clinical affairs, Wilson played a role in securing the school’s 35 clinical affiliation sites, while advancing its commitment to grow residency programs across Idaho, the release said.

“I am honored to have been chosen for this position,” Wilson said in the release. “I will do everything I can to support our students, faculty and staff, and to ensure that ICOM remains a thriving medical school.”

Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, before graduating from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988. He completed his internship and internal medicine residency at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in Highland Park, Michigan. Wilson practiced inpatient and outpatient internal medicine from 1992 to 2017 in Cottonwood, Arizona, at Verde Valley Medical Center. There, he developed the center’s internal medicine residency and served as the director of medical education and program director.