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Working in collaboration with private and non-profit healthcare organizations, Delaware Health Workforce Subcommittee aim to meet challenges of workforce shortages head-on; anticipating critical needs by healthcare specialty and geographic location, assessing specialized competencies and categories of healthcare practitioners, and improving recruitment, deployment, retention, motivation and performance of health workers.
Without an in-state dental or medical school, Delaware is one of four states uniquely positioned through contractual agreements with nationally accredited schools outside of the state, to provide access to high-quality dental and medical education for its residents. Reserving 136 academic seats annually for students with verifiable proof of Delaware-based lineage and/or residency.
Delaware Dental School
In 1981, Delaware General Assembly passed an act to create and fund Delaware Institute of Dental Education and Research (DIDER). Delaware Code, Title 16, Chapter 99, Subchapter V task DIDER with the purpose of supporting, encouraging, and promoting dental education, training, and health in Delaware. Under governance of Delaware Health Care Commission, DIDER secured a partnership with Philadelphia's largest university to educate dental students from Delaware and conduct graduate dental education programs, with the aim of increasing the number of practicing dentists in Delaware.
Temple University, Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania serves as Delaware's only dental school; where students acquire clinical experience, develop manual dexterity and build a sound understanding of the business side of dentistry.
Through the partnership with Temple University, a minimum of sixteen (16) student seats are available annually for residents from Delaware; four qualified students are enrolled in each class year.
Delaware Medical School
Delaware General Assembly established Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research (DIMER) in 1969, as an alternative to a State sponsored medical school. Through statutory regulations specified in Title 16, Chapter 99, Subchapter II, §9905-9908, Delaware Health Care Commission was tasked with administrative oversight of DIMER activities and responsibilities; further enhancing the board's ability to accomplish goals, promote medical education, and meet Delaware's healthcare demands.
In 1899, Philadelphia's first school for osteopathy was opened by two doctors, Rev. Mason W. Pressly, DO and Oscar John Snyder, DO. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is dedicated to the education of students in medicine, health, and behavioral sciences. The college is committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and research, and to the community through leadership and service.
In 2000, PCOM reinforced DIMER's quest to expand Delaware's access to high quality medical education, by co-signing the State's medical school affiliation agreement and reserving admissions for a total of 20 students annually; 5 first year, 5 second year, 5 third year, and 5 fourth year. Witnessing PCOM's commitment to Delawareans accessing medical education, in July 2019 Delaware General Assembly expanded the partnership with PCOM and DIMER, by reserving an additional 20 admissions seats for students with Delaware-based residency. A total of 40 admissions seats are available annually to eligible applicants with legal residence in Delaware.
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