Delaware Partnerships Continue to Produce ResultsDecember 22, 2020
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
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
“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.”
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