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DIMER Program 
Medical Education for Delaware Residents

PCOM DIMER logo with vector art of Delaware statePhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine acts as the osteopathic medical school for the state of Delaware.

The Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research created the DIMER program to provide an opportunity for Delaware residents to obtain a high-quality medical education. PCOM's Philadelphia campus reserves up to 10 places in the incoming osteopathic medicine class specifically for Delaware residents.

DIMER Eligibility Guidelines

Eligible DIMER applicants must:

  • Be legal residents of the state of Delaware;
  • Meet the premedical academic requirements of PCOM;
  • Must complete the Delaware residency form;
  • Satisfactory completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applications from students with three years of exceptional undergraduate work completed may be considered.
  • If an applicant has completed a degree(s) from institutions outside of the United States, he/she must request an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (that validates equivalency to a U.S. degree).

The following criteria must be met to qualify as a Delaware resident:

  • The applicant must have their permanent address listed in Delaware.
  • The applicant must either file their own taxes (most recent tax year) in Delaware, or be claimed as an exemption on taxes by a person filing in Delaware in the most recent tax year preceding the start of undergraduate education.
  • If an applicant is registered to vote, the applicant must be registered in the state of Delaware.

Contact the PCOM Admissions Office at admissions@pcom.edu.

DIMER Partners


PCOM graduate and OMM scholar returns to Delaware

After graduating from PCOM, Kendal Schaetzle, DO '23, returned to her home in the state of Delaware to complete her residency in family medicine at Christiana Care. She plans to become a family medicine physician within the sports medicine field while catering to low resource areas.

ChristianaCare awarded $2.4 million to increase Delaware's workforce

The federal grant, funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association (Academy/DPHA), will assist in extending and improving medical education in Delaware, as well as developing and reinforcing the state's multidisciplinary healthcare workforce. The funds will also be applied to attracting and retaining providers for the state as well as new create new training slots. ChristianaCare hosts more than 300 residents and fellows, including many from PCOM.

ChristianaCare continues to be a leading force in training physicians

The demand for more family doctors in Delaware area led to ChristianaCare's lengthy history of training top-tier physicians in the state. Dr. Kristine LaRocca, a PCOM alumna, discusses how the research opportunities she received while enrolled in the ChristianaCare family medicine residency program shaped her medical education and practice as the owner of LaRocca Medical Weight Loss in Greenville, DE.

PCOM Celebrates Nearly 20 Years of Educating Delawareans

PCOM and DIMER celebrated their relationship, and the 50th anniversary of DIMER, with a dinner honoring Sherman Townsend, board chair of DIMER and honorary degree recipient.

Delaware Partnerships Continue to Produce Results

Academic and research partnerships with Delaware organizations continue to produce significant opportunities for PCOM students.