It’s Sept. 5, 2058 and doctors decades into their career crowd around a hole in the ground with a plaque inscribed “ICOM: TIME CAPSULE.” The time capsule is filled with photos of the doctors while they were students and pieces of memorabilia from their first year at the college.

On Oct. 12, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, or ICOM, students and staff buried a time capsule on the college’s courtyard.

“Our history is (in) there and it will be immortalized,” said ICOM student doctor Weston Grant.

ICOM, Idaho’s first medical school, opened its doors to its inaugural class of 162 students in August. Staff filled a time capsule with artifacts and documents reflecting on the creation of the school, including blueprints for the building, an orange t-shirt signed by every student in the inaugural class and each students’ photo.

Staff plan to host a meetup on the 40th anniversary of the ribbon cutting ceremony for the ICOM building, Sept. 5, 2058, inviting the inaugural class back to the campus to see the time capsule opened.

Staff chose 40 years instead of 50 years because ICOM has a 40-year agreement for use of the land, said spokeswoman Stephanie Dillon. She said ICOM plans to renew the agreement.

Grant said the time capsule means the inaugural class will have a connection to all the students who come after them.

“How cool it will be 40 years from now to see where we will be in our careers,” Grant said.

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at

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