ICOM ribbon cutting

Robert Hasty, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine’s founding dean and chief academic officer, speaks during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the ICOM building in September. Hasty is leaving his position later this year to help open another medical school.

MERIDIAN — The founding dean of Idaho’s first medical school is leaving his position this year.

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine announced on Friday that Robert Hasty, founding dean and chief academic officer, will be leaving his position after more than three years of service.

Hasty was offered a position to help lead the creation of a new osteopathic medical school but could not disclose its name or location.

“It’s a huge opportunity for me,” he said. “ I live my life for a purpose, and this is kind of my calling in life to create medical schools. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime position that I’m getting a second time.”

Over the coming months, Hasty will work with ICOM staff to secure the school’s next dean and chief academic officer.

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ICOM welcomed its first class of 162 students — 42 of whom are from Idaho — in August 2018. ICOM students will earn a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, as opposed to a doctor of medicine degree. Both groups are licensed physicians with similar schooling, training and practices, but their philosophies vary. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes holistic care and preventative treatment.

Hasty joined ICOM in late 2015, working to secure ICOM’s staff of 83 full-time faculty and 300 adjunct faculty. Hasty also had a hand in securing the school’s accreditation and created affiliations with Idaho hospitals and clinics across the region. The school plans to use those affiliations to create 200 residency programs for students over the first 10 years

“It’s going to be a very bittersweet transition,” said Stephanie Dillon, spokeswoman for ICOM. “Everyone has come to know ICOM as Dr. Hasty. A lot of the employees and students that came here to work and study have been heavily influenced by Dr. Hasty. He has done incredible things.”

Before coming to ICOM, he was the program director for the Internal Medicine Department at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2008 to 2013. He also served as vice chair of the department from 2011 to 2013.

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at pbowen@idahopress.com or follow her on Twitter @pattybowenMP.

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