Graduate Medical Education

Welcome to Bayhealth

Similar to your rigorous education and preparation for residency, our faculty undergo in-depth training of their own in order to best lead and guide your experience.


We understand education and personal development are ongoing journeys, which is why our faculty continuously undergo routine training in the practices of positive psychology techniques and positive coaching skills. As a resident, you will experience continuity in your ongoing mentorship.


Our staff is eager to collaborate with you in every effort to better our patients’ experience, as demonstrated by our Planetree Silver Certification and Magnet recognition. In addition, we value your work-life balance, understanding that when you are balanced, your care will be that much better.


Consistent and unified access to faculty offers you an opportunity to continue a safe dialogue with your mentors – keeping your best interests, your personal, and your professional development in mind. The result of this is a unique ability to set and reach individualized goals as you progress.

GME Leadership


Gary Siegelman

Chief Medical Officer and Designated Institutional Official

Dr. Siegelman earned a medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. He then went on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University of St. Louis. As the Designated Institutional Official, Dr. Siegelman has oversight of all medical education within Bayhealth, including the residency programs and the undergraduate medical education.
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Assar Rather

Colorectal and General Surgeon and Graduate Medical Education Chair

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Lori Smith

GME Administrative Director

Lori is the current administrative director of GME at Bayhealth. Lori has more than 30 years of progressive GME experience, both as a GME administration at a large tertiary care center and as a program coordinator, giving her a unique perspective. She looks forward to working with program leadership and residents at Bayhealth to create a successful clinical learning environment in which all thrive and fully contribute to increasing health within the community. Lori has given numerous local and national presentations in her field (poster and podium), and has co-authored 2 books (Clinical Competency Committees made Simple and the Complete Guide to Continuous GME Accreditation). She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational leadership and hopes to be able to add more scholarly works to her portfolio of publications and presentations. Areas of interest include employee engagement, diversity, employee development, organizational development and strategic planning. When time is available Lori enjoys camping, hiking, white water rafting and kayaking. She is an avid sports fan who fully supports her teams (Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns), even when playing poorly. She also bowls, golfs and uses meditation and yoga for sanity’s sake.
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Lydia Raughley

GME Institutional Coordinator

Lydia Raughley, institutional coordinator for graduate medical education, is responsible for the overall organization and coordination of administrative tasks related to the medical education programs at Bayhealth. She holds a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from Wilmington University, as well as a certification in health information technology. Lydia has worked in healthcare for more than 12 years and finds helping others to be the most rewarding part of her job. A native Delawarean, Lydia enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring the trails of Delaware state parks and photography. She resides in Dover with her boyfriend, son, two dogs and cat. She looks forward to working with future residents and faculty.

Janna Knisley

GME/UME Program Assistant

Janna Knisley, Program Assistant for graduate medical education is responsible for administrative support to both GME and UME programs. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in human services and is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral health. She has 10 years of experience in office administration, program assistance and healthcare scheduling. She enjoys living in rural Kent County with her husband, two dogs and two cats.

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About Our Training Facilities

We are committed to providing hands-on education in a nurturing environment.
Bayhealth is comprised of two hospitals: Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus and Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus.

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2021 Joy in Medicine_Recognition Badge
Planetree Silver Merit Patient-Centered Care
Magnet Recognized American Nurses Credentialing Center