Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

General Assembly passes resolution urging the creation of a medical school in Delaware

The Delaware General Assembly passes legislation urging the creation of a medical school in the First State.

Delaware is currently one of just four states in the country without an established medical school, despite a growing need for medical professionals statewide, particularly in Sussex County where the aging population continues to balloon.

Resolution sponsor State Rep. Melissa Minor-Brown says while the vote signifies unified legislative support for establishing a school, it is up to one of Delaware’s universities to start the process.

“The University of Delaware and [Delaware State University] have both shown interest in this. We know that there was a study done in our state that showed a path forward that it is absolutely not just necessary, but it is so doable to have a med school in our state.”

Minor-Brown’s bill updating provisions of the Delaware Institute of Medical Education Research also passed – adding the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine as a DIMER medical school and updating requirements of the DIMER board.

Minor-Brown explains the DIMER program gives Delawareans the opportunity to attend medical school at an in-state tuition rate, but adds if Delaware establishes its own, the DIMER program will no longer be needed.

Rachel Sawicki was born and raised in Camden, Delaware and attended the Caesar Rodney School District. They graduated from the University of Delaware in 2021 with a double degree in Communications and English and as a leader in the Student Television Network, WVUD and The Review.