ICOM Founding Dean departs to lead new medical school

Dr. Hasty addresses the crowd during ICOM’s ribbon cutting event on September 5, 2018.

Dr. Hasty addresses the crowd during ICOM’s ribbon cutting event on September 5, 2018.

Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM), Dr. Robert T. Hasty, will leave Idaho’s first medical school to help lead the creation of a new osteopathic medical school, which will soon be announced. 

Dr. Hasty was instrumental in the creation of ICOM, a private, for-profit medical school nestled on the campus of Idaho State University’s Health Science Center in Meridian. During Dr. Hasty’s tenure, ICOM has established itself as a titan in both the osteopathic and local communities. The school’s strong inaugural class, coupled with its more than 35 affiliate sites for clinical rotations, and excellent standing with the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), can be attributed to Dr. Hasty’s leadership and guidance. 

“My time as Founding Dean of ICOM has been among the best experiences of my career, and the decision to leave and create a new medical school was made only after deep reflection,” Dr. Hasty said. “ICOM has seen great success and is on track to provide highly competent and compassionate physicians for the region, which is desperately needed.”

In 2005, Dr. Hasty had what he describes as a “calling” to become an academic physician. Now, more than 10 years later, he’s had another one. 

“I live my life with purpose, and I know I’ve made a difference in the world by creating ICOM,” Dr. Hasty said. “Knowing the impact this school will have gives me great pride, and I would like to continue to create and deploy knowledge for the greater good. Helping to establish another osteopathic medical school, gives me another opportunity to do that.”

A leadership transition plan for the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will be announced in the coming weeks, with Dr. Hasty leading the smooth and orderly transition of his successor.