For many years, the tourism slogan for the state of Delaware was “Small Wonder.” Though that tagline has since been retired, the sentiment remains through two strategic partnerships Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) maintains in the state that continue to produce significant opportunities for PCOM students.
The Delaware Institute for Medical Education and Research (DIMER) and the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) are two interstate partnerships with the common goal of advancing healthcare in the state. DIMER provides opportunities for Delaware residents to access quality medical education through PCOM and Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, with both effectively acting as Delaware’s medical schools. DHSA is a partnership designed to promote collaborative education, research and programs across Delaware and Philadelphia, including opportunities for PCOM students and faculty to access the resources available at each member's institution.
Most recently, the DHSA partnership offered the opportunity for four research teams from member institutions to compete for $50,000 in funding through a “Shark Tank” style competition. The proposals, this year highlighting issues related to COVID-19, were judged by a team of panelists, including PCOM’s Chief Research and Science Officer Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD. The format of the competition was designed to promote collaborations among member institutions and identify research studies that will have a significant impact throughout the state.
In addition to the research competition, Dr. George-Weinstein and DHSA President and CEO and professor of Family Medicine at PCOM, Omar Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP, co-chaired a research group for PCOM students in Delaware. This program has created opportunities for students to publish in the Delaware Journal of Public Health.
Both DIMER and DHSA highlight the importance of expanding collaborations between institutions working to promote and advance medical education and research through strategic interstate partnerships.
“PCOM has a really important role to play in the future of Delaware’s healthcare system,” said Dr. Khan. “Their contribution to medical education is so appreciated and important, and they are an amazing partner for our students.”
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our 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 in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.
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