Middle schoolers interested in careers in medicine visit ICOM


Twenty-eight students from Wood River Middle School in Hailey traveled to ICOM Wednesday, March 20, today for an interactive, hands-on lesson about the human body. 

The group of students visited the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, Idaho’s first medical school, where they learned about medical school and witnessed a SIM demonstration with one of the school’s high-fidelity simulation manikins. 

“I feel like coming here brought what I want to do a little closer,” said Ripley Scales, a seventh-grader. “I’m also hoping to just learn all about medical stuff because I find it fascinating — even if I can’t really stand the gory stuff.”

As Idaho’s first and only medical school, ICOM often accommodates field trips and visits from K-12 schools in the Gem State. ICOM Founding Dean, Dr. Robert Hasty, says introducing the youth to careers in medicine is of utmost importance.

“We’re really excited to have this group of students, who truly represent the youth of Idaho, at ICOM,” Hasty said. “It’s heartwarming to see their interest in becoming physicians one day, because that’s part of our mission as Idaho’s first medical school — increasing the number of physicians in our state.”

After the group’s tour of ICOM, they visited the Discovery Center to explore the “Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion” exhibition, of which ICOM is a sponsor.