Bayhealth Partnership Expands Clinical Education in DelawareApril 17, 2019
PCOM’s latest Core Clinical Campus provides a new location for third-year medical
students to develop their healthcare skills.
Beginning July 1, a cohort of 11 doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)—8 from the Philadelphia campus and 3 from the Suwanee, Georgia campus—will spend their third year of medical school developing their clinical skills either
at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus in Dover, Delaware or Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex
Campus, in Milford, Delaware.
With this new cohort, Bayhealth becomes PCOM’s latest Core Clinical Campus (CCC).
The Philadelphia campus partners with 13 hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey and Delaware on its CCC initiative, which ensures third-year medical students
can perform all of their clerkship rotations at one site.
Upon graduating medical school, PCOM students may later apply for one of Bayhealth’s
new residency programs, which the health system announced in March. PCOM is also partnering with Bayhealth on this endeavor. The residency programs for family medicine and internal medicine have a proposed start date of July 2021,
with general surgery and emergency medicine to follow in the coming years.
The partnership comes at a time of need in the state of Delaware, particularly in
its central and southern counties; a study published in January by the University
of Delaware and the state’s Department of Health and Social Services found a 6 percent
decline in the number of primary care doctors providing direct patient care in that
state. At the time, health officials noted that the decline, coupled with the state’s
aging population, could exacerbate the issue.
“Delaware has a growing population of those 55 and older, and that requires a growing
physician workforce to meet those needs,” said Michael Becker, DO ’87, assistant dean of clerkship education. “We’re working with Bayhealth to bring more
physicians to an area that is in great need, to improve access to, and quality of,
“Residency programs create the opportunity to provide more physicians to serve the
community. Once the physicians have completed their residencies, there is a higher
chance they will stay in the community where they trained, resulting in greater physician
retention,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy. “Developing the next generation
of physicians to serve our communities is a priority for Bayhealth.”
Bayhealth will be PCOM’s second CCC in Delaware. The first, Christiana Care Health
System, was established in July 2018. PCOM also partners with the Delaware Institute of Medical Education and Research (DIMER) program, through which the College reserves slots each academic year for applicants
“PCOM’s mission is to advance knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and
research, and is committed to the well-being of the communities in which our students
and physicians serve,” said PCOM President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81. “We’re proud to work with Bayhealth to turn out a physician workforce that can help
meet the growing healthcare needs of Delawareans.”
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Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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