Meridian becomes home to first medical school in Idaho

October 2, 2018 by  

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) in Meridian to celebrate the opening of the college and its first class of 162 students.

President of ICOM, Dr. Tracy Farnsworth, said at the ceremony that it is proud to be the first medical school in the state, and to bring the college into the community.

The facility that houses the college is 94,000 square feet in area, and three stories high. It was designed by Dekker/Perich/Sabatini (D/P/S), a firm in New Mexico, and built by Engineered Structures, Inc. in just over a year.

Architect and principal of D/P/S, Steven Perich, commented that the building is not only state-of-the-art, but is also designed for the health and wellness of the students and faculty, which is a guiding principle of osteopathic medicine.

There is a modern clinical simulation center, 12,000 square feet of classroom space, a medical library spanning 3,500, and a suite of 12 Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) rooms.

For the first two years of their education, student will spend their time on campus and then conclude their final two years at affiliated hospital systems completing their clinical rotations.

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