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. Shah and Co-Chair Dr. Salinski

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


Shalini Shah

Undergraduate Medical Education Chair and Family Medicine Clerkship Director

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!
Zohaib Ghatala, MD

Muhammed Ghatala

Undergraduate Medical Education Co-Chair and Internal Medicine Clerkship Director

Ellie Salinski, MD earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of California Irvine, and subsequently earned her M.S. in Criminalistics from California State University Los Angeles. She moved to the East Coast for medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr Salinski completed 2 years of EM/FM residency at Christiana Care in Delaware, and then transferred to Lehigh Valley Health Network to complete 2.5 additional years of residency in Emergency Medicine. She worked for 4 years as an EM attending at Crozer Keystone Health Network. Dr Salinski helped to start the EM residency at Crozer, and was EM Core Faculty. She began working as an EM attending at Bayhealth in 2017, and became Assistant Medical Director of Bayhealth Kent Campus ED the following year. She took on the role of EM clerkship director in 2019, and really enjoys working with students. Dr Salinski accepted the role of UME Co-Chair in 2022 and has been working to solidify additional Clerkship Directors for each rotation. She is also working to expand the EM clerkship in preparation for an EM residency, and plans to use the Simulation Lab for additional learning experiences. Dr Salinski will also be Core Faculty for Bayhealth EM Residency. Academically, she has an interest in Critical Care, Sepsis/ID, Toxicology, Cardiology/EKG’s, and Simulation Medicine. On a personal note, she has been married for 15 years, and her 2 children are Italian Greyhounds. She loves being outdoors, working out, watching Jeopardy, the beach, and traveling.
Janna Knisley, BS

Janna Knisley

Undergraduate Medical Education Program Coordinator

Andrea Read, UME Program Coordinator, is responsible for the day to day operation of the Undergraduate Medical Education program. Andrea has a Master of Science degree from Wilmington University and continues to engage in career development to stay abreast of current trends. She has over 25 years of professional experience in administration and higher education. Andrea’s career ambitions are to serve the medical student community in their well-being, successes, and future endeavors. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spiritual and wellness activities, engaging in music, and participating in local community events.

Clerkship Directors

Zohaib Ghatala, MD

Muhammed Ghatala

Internal Medicine Faculty Co-Lead

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Muhammad Khawaja

Internal Medicine Faculty Co-Lead

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Vincent Lobo

Osteopathic Manipulation Medicine Faculty Lead

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Laura Moylan

OB/GYN 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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Priyanka Vakati

Pediatrics Faculty Lead

UME Faculty

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2019-2020 CCC Students
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Bayhealth offers rotations in many different specialties for third and fourth-year medical students.

  • Advanced Clinical Skills- OMM/ Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine Subspecialties
    • Cardiology
    • Invasive Cardiology
    • Critical Care
    • Gastroenterology
    • Infectious Disease
    • Oncology/Hematology
    • Nephrology
    • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • OMM
  • Neurology
  • Pathology
  • Pain Management- Interventional
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry (Delaware Psychiatric Hospital)
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Subspecialties
    • Cardiothoracic/Vascular
    • Neurosurgery
    • 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 will be available beginning March 1st.

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

Simulation Training