Undergraduate Medical Education

Third and fourth year medical school rotations where your education is our priority.


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A letter from Chair Dr. Rubacky and Co-Chair Dr. Shah

Bayhealth’s undergraduate medical education program offers endless opportunities for students to learn about medicine through supervised, direct and hands-on care. Unlike most programs where students compete for patients, clinical experience and procedures, Bayhealth’s undergraduate medical education program offers direct access to the attending physician and teaching faculty to allow student involvement in the day-to-day care of our diverse patient population.

UME Leadership


Joseph F. Rubacky III

Family Physician and Undergraduate Medical Education Chair

Joseph F. Rubacky, III, DO, FAAFP earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Drew University. Dr. Rubacky then went on to earn his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Rubacky completed his residency in family medicine at West Jersey Hospital where he served as chief resident. Following completion of his family medicine residency, Dr. Rubacky served in the United States Air Force where he achieved the rank of major. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Currently, Dr. Rubacky is a partner at Dover Family Physicians in Dover, DE where he has practiced for more than 30 years. Beginning in 2018, Dr. Rubacky took on the additional role as Chair of Bayhealth's Undergraduate Medical Education program. In this program, Dr. Rubacky is responsible for developing the program from inception and recruiting third and fourth-year medical students for their year-long core clinical rotations at Bayhealth.
In his personal time, Dr. Rubacky enjoys spending time with his family, including his two granddaughters, running, cooking and sharing a good bottle of wine.
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Shalini Shah

Family Physician, Undergraduate Medical Education Co-Chair and Family Medicine Faculty Lead

Shalini Shah, MD, MPH earned her Bachelor of Science in nutritional sciences with a minor in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Shah obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon earning her master’s degree, she then went on to earn her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, and completed her residency in family medicine at York Hospital in Pennsylvania. Prior to medical school, Dr. Shah was involved in pregnancy prevention programs in the state of California. Currently, Dr. Shah is a partner with Dover Family Physicians in Dover, DE. As Co-Chair of Bayhealth’s Undergraduate Medical Education (UME), Dr. Shah develops the curriculums and lecture series for the program. She has a special interest in physician wellness and has co-launched a wellness program for the medical students. Dr. Shah practices the breadth of family medicine, except OB, with a special focus on diabetes, preventative and lifestyle medicine. She also serves as the Chairwomen for the department of family medicine.
On a personal note, she is the mother of two boys (one teen and one almost teen) and reluctant dog lover of her Bella. She enjoys travelling (pre-COVID), dancing and food. She stays active by taking karate with her family (currently a green belt) and trying to figure out the game Fortnite!
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Paul Son

Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator

Paul Son, program coordinator for undergraduate medical education, is responsible for the assistance of administrative tasks related to undergraduate medical education programs at Bayhealth. He holds a master's in business administration in healthcare management from Colorado Technical University. He has more than 10 years of management experience in several different backgrounds, as well as research experience at Delaware State University and mentorship through Big Brother Big Sister Delaware. Paul finds helping people reach their full potential to be the most rewarding part of his job. In his free time, he enjoys staying active in the community, as well as staying physically active through working out and different styles of running competitions. Paul is eager to working with the future residents and faculty.

UME Lead Faculty


Samer Alhindi

Internal Medicine Faculty Lead

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Priyanka Vakati

Pediatrics Faculty Lead

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Vincent Lobo

Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine Faculty Lead

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Juan Ortega

Radiology Faculty Lead

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Assar Rather

General Surgery Faculty Lead


Judith Rippert

Cardiology Faculty Lead

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Laura Moylan

OB/GYN Faculty Lead

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Ellie Salinski

Emergency Medicine Faculty Lead

UME Faculty

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Core Clinical Campus Students

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Bayhealth offers rotations in many different specialties for third and fourth-year medical students.

  • Advanced Clinical Skills- OMM/ Radiology
  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine Subspecialties
    • Cardiology
    • Invasive Cardiology
    • Critical Care
    • Dermatology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Oncology/Hematology
    • Nephrology
    • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • OMM
  • Neurology
  • Pathology
  • Pain Management- Interventional
  • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Psychiatry (Delaware Psychiatric Hospital)
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Subspecialties
    • Cardiothoracic/Vascular
    • Neurosurgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Sports Medicine
    • Urology
  • Sub Internship
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine

For a list of audition rotations, please visit the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) website here.
Audition rotations for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available in the VSAS catalog beginning April 1, 2022.

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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Bayhealth Hospital
Kent Campus

Bayhealth’s Kent Campus offers a comprehensive array of services to the residents of Central Delaware, including:

  • cardiac surgery and diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterizations
  • endovascular surgery
  • da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System
  • neurosurgery
  • family-centered birth services and neonatal care
  • cancer care
  • orthopaedic and rehabilitation services
  • advanced digital imaging
  • inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care
  • intensive, intermediate and coronary care
  • 24-hour emergency department

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus is a 317-bed facility which includes a level III trauma Emergency Department. The facility had 1,829 births and 72,895 ED visits in 2019.

Bayhealth Hospital
Sussex Campus

Bayhealth’s Sussex Campus offers a comprehensive array of services to the residents of Central and Southern Delaware, including:

  • interventional room for radiologic and cardiac procedures
  • da Vinci® Si ™ Surgical System
  • inpatient rehabilitation
  • family-centered birth services and women’s services, including an obstetrical emergency department
  • general surgery
  • cancer care
  • gastroenterology
  • orthopaedic and rehabilitation services
  • advanced digital imaging
  • inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care
  • intensive and intermediate
  • 24-hour emergency department

Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus is a 128 private-patient-room facility which includes a level III trauma Emergency Department. The facility had 471 births and 32,465 ED visits in 2019.

The 4 A's of Successful Medical Practice

At Bayhealth, the UME program follows the four A's of successful medical practice to train its medical students. These four components help transition the medical student into a practicing physician.


Being available to see your patient when they need you.


Possessing a warm, caring demeanor and a gentle bedside manner.


As a professional in the medical field in the future, it should be a priority that you are affordable, accept insurance and help with barriers to care.


As a physician, you must be able to provide top-quality care to your patients. At Bayhealth, we train medical students to not only have the knowledge, but also the ability to care for their patients in the future as a physician. 

Program Perks

Our program was designed with you in mind.

Meals provided at no cost to you

Full access to resident lounges

1:1 personalized guidance from faculty

Structured teaching environment in the warmth of a community hospital