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Delaware Institute for Dental Education and Research (DIDER)


The Delaware Institute for Dental Education and Research (DIDER) was created in 1981 to support the general practice residency program at Wilmington Hospital. This was viewed as important because Delaware is the only state that requires one year of general practice residency training in a hospital as a condition of licensure. Additional purposes set forth in the Delaware Code address the need to:

  • Expand opportunities for Delawareans to obtain post graduate dental training.
  • Strengthen the factors favoring the decision of dental personnel to practice in Delaware.
  • Meet the overall dental needs of Delaware communities, particularly for those who do not have access to dental care.

In 2001, the administration of DIDER was placed within the offices of the Delaware Health Care Commission. DIDER's Board of Directors was also expanded to allow it to function in a manner that serves its broader public purposes. Most recently, DIDER has been focused on ways to increase the number of dentists in Delaware and expand access to low income uninsured patients.

DIDER provides Delaware residents with an opportunity to receive quality education and training at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. Each year five (5) admission slots are reserved for applicants from Delaware which has increased the odds of acceptance for students from the First State. The partnership with Temple University also promotes opportunities for participating dental students to complete externship and residency training programs at facilities in Delaware.

Delaware Institute for Dental Education and Research (DIDER)

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Last Updated: Thursday November 20 2014
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