Undergraduate Medical Education

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

2021-2022 Core Clinical Campus Students

These Core Clinical Campus (CCC) students, from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and PCOM Georgia, are completing 12 rotations in 12 specialties at Bayhealth throughout a 12-month period beginning July 2021.


Oluwadamilola (Dami) Adefarati

PCOM Third Year

Hi Everyone! My name is Dami Adefarati and I hail from Collegeville, PA, a small-ish town outside of Philadelphia. I abandoned Pennsylvania for four years to pursue a degree in African & African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, but couldn't leave the east coast alone and came right back after finishing. My goals in medicine are numerous, but at the heart of all of them is the desire to eliminate the disparities in healthcare that we see along racial and socioeconomic lines on both an individual level through work as a clinician, and at the wider level by being a part of policies enacted to find ways to actively combat and correct these known public health issues. When I am on a break from working toward these goals, I enjoy spending time with my (very large) family and taking advantage of their various locations around the world to get some traveling in as well. I am excited to step into this next phase of my medical education here at Bayhealth!

Dakota Degenstein

PCOM Third Year

Hi, my name is Dakota Degenstein and I am a third year medical student at PCOM who will be rotating at the Bayhealth system this year. I am originally from North Dakota, where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology at the University of North Dakota. My wife and I just welcomed our son into the world this month, so that has been very exciting. I love to fish and spend time outdoors in my freetime, and I also enjoy trying new foods, cooking, and just spending time with family. I have a wide variety of interests in medicine, and I have never been able to really narrow it down to just one specialty. Currently, emergency medicine, radiology, and anesthesiology are specialties that have piqued my interest, but I am really interested in aspects of just about all specialities, so I am looking forward to the opportunity to rotate through them all to see what I enjoy the most. My goal for this year is to just see and learn as much as possible from my preceptors and the patients I see while on rotations. Kiyana

Mumta Essarani

PCOM Third Year

Bio coming soon!

Kiyana Harris

PCOM Georgia Third Year

Kiyana Harris is a third year medical student at PCOM GA. She is a Bronx, NY native who received both her Bachelor’s and Master's degree from North Carolina State University. Due to her wide range of interests, she currently does not have a specific speciality of pursuit but she knows that she is passionate about geriatric medicine. She was able to explore this passion last summer when she participated in the Johns Hopkins MSTAR program and pursued a research topic relating to geriatric medicine. Outside of school she is a big foodie! She also loves to paint, listen to music, shop and spend time with her friends & family.

Tami Hill

PCOM Third Year

My name is Tami Hill and I am from Trenton, NJ. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Family & Child Studies with a minor in Public Health at Montclair State University. I went on to obtain a Master of Public Health degree at Drexel University. I completed my post-baccalaureate premedical coursework at Thomas Jefferson University. When I am not studying, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and looking for any excuse to laugh. Prior to medical school, I participated in research projects centered on parent and child health in Philadelphia, Senegal, The Gambia and Uganda. I was fortunate enough to travel to the latter three countries for those projects. My hobbies include collecting vinyl records, playing basketball when time permits, and scheduling routine self-care days to prioritize my overall wellness and personal upkeep. My goals in medicine are related to my specialties of interest. I plan to integrate osteopathic medicine and public health to address health disparities that disproportionately affect parent and child health outcomes during labor and delivery — especially among people of color living in lower-income neighborhoods. My potential specialties include obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, and family medicine.

Deaysha Hines

PCOM Third Year

My name is Deaysha Hines. I am a third year medical student with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. My undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry with a French and Francophone Studies minor from Villanova University. I worked as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department for over a year, prior to medical school. Pre-pandemic, I loved to travel and am hoping to be able to return to this hobby soon. I enjoy learning about the cultural experiences, museums, and food within the cities I live, and I am excited to get to know Delaware in this way as well! My interests within medicine so far are internal medicine and surgery. My goals in medicine align with increasing mentoring and representation of underrepresented minorities in medicine, patient advocacy in helping to bridge health disparities, finding research that I am passionate about, and being a safe resource for patients as I learn the art of practicing medicine.
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Moon Young Lee

PCOM Georgia Third Year

Hi, I'm Moon. I received a bachelor of science in chemistry from Emory University in 2017. Some interesting facts about me are that I moved to the US from South Korea when I was 12, I worked as a barista before medical school, and I am left-handed. My interests outside of medicine include music, coffee, and cooking/food. Some goals I have in medicine is to become a practicing doctor, contribute in the science/research of medicine, and to teach. I am considering psychiatry as a potential specialty, among others. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!

Austin Lonski

PCOM Third Year

Hello! My Name is Austin Lonski and I graduated from Wesley College in Dover with a bachelors in Biological Chemistry in 2019. Being at such a small college, I was able to immediately become involved in undergraduate research as a freshman, which I continued throughout my time at Wesley. My research experience is something that led me down the path of medicine, and while I have not participated in any research so far in medical school, it is something I would be interested in. I am excited to get to take a closer look at each specialty throughout the next year to find what suits me best. My goal in medicine is to make the best out of wherever this next year takes me. I just feel grateful to have the opportunity to learn and help.

I was born at Milford Memorial Hospital in 1997 which is coincidentally the year the hospital merged with Kent General, becoming Bayhealth (according to a web search). I was born and raised in Delaware and plan to practice medicine here. Before moving into a studio apartment in Philly, I liked to homebrew and now that I finally have a yard again, homebrewing is something I am looking forward to picking back up. My appreciation for the craft of beer has led me and my girlfriend to attempt to travel to as many craft breweries in different places as we can. We have made it to almost 60 different breweries around the country, including three in the state of Hawaii. I also enjoy grilling, eating, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone throughout the next year. Happy to be home!
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Maria Lopez-Garcia

PCOM Georgia Third Year

I completed my undergraduate degree in biology at Georgia College and State University. I have a masters in biomedical sciences which I completed at PCOM-GA a year prior to starting the DO program at the same campus. I truly enjoy research and hope to participate in a research project in my third or fourth year of medical school. I’ve participated in various research projects since undergraduate and completed my thesis for the master’s program in the inflammatory process of rheumatoid arthritis and the involvement of novel cells in its pathogenesis. I hope to continue research in the specialty that I decide to apply for. I’m interested in emergency medicine and psychiatry and hope to learn more about these fields of medicine during rotations.

Outside of medical school, I really enjoy practicing yoga and meditation to not only relieve stress but also to remain grounded in life. I enjoy going on walks that help me take in the lessons that life throws at me and I’m constantly working on myself, always open to change. I consider myself an introvert but also enjoy visiting new places and discovering good food! I love banana splits and no matter where I go, that’s always one of the many desserts I try first. During the pandemic I began to collect recipes from my mom to carry on my culture’s food with me wherever I go. I am originally from Guanajuato, México and moved to GA when I was nine and continue to go back to visit my grandparents and the rest of our family who lives there. There’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t miss my home country.

I am very excited to be at Bayhealth and to meet everyone this upcoming week! I feel truly lucky to be here with you all and look forward to learning as much as I can from everyone!

James McCulley

PCOM Third Year

Hello! My name is James McCulley and I am from around the Pittsburgh area. I received my B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA) and also received a Minor in Neuroscience. I matriculated directly into PCOM after undergrad, so I don’t have any additional Post-Bac experience in education or the workforce. My current goal in medicine is to learn as much as I possibly can during my rotations and enhance my skill set. As of right now, I am not set on a particular specialty, but I think anesthesiology, pathology, emergency medicine, and cardiology would be interesting!

Outside of the hospital I have a variety of interests like sports, reading, writing, and learning to play the piano. An interesting fact about me is that I will (hopefully) become the first physician/doctor in my family! A fun fact about me is during college, my German instructor gave me a piece of the Berlin Wall as a gift. I also have a pet dog named Layla. She’s a 6 year old Yorkie and I love to spend time with her when I visit my home. I'm looking forward to learning at Bayhealth!

Morgan Novakovich

PCOM Third Year

Hi everyone! My name is Morgan Novakovich and I am originally from northeastern Pennsylvania. I attended Wilkes University for undergrad where I majored in biology. While I was there, I did a lot of research on squirrels and acorns, and did some birdcatching and banding. In my spare time, I like hiking, cooking, yoga, reading, and trying new restaurants. My goals in medicine are to focus on disease prevention, provide holistic care, and to always consider the socioeconomic determinants of health when caring for patients. I am currently open to any specialty, and I am excited to discover what path I want to take while I am here at Bayhealth!

Fun fact: I was a dancer for about 15 years and am still haunted by the songs from the Nutcracker!

Cassian Roberts

PCOM Third Year

My name is Cassian Roberts. I obtained my Bachelor's degree from Cornell University. I also have a Master of Science degree from Drexel University. I worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist until this past January when I stopped working and let my license lapse. I'm not sure what I want to specialize in, but I am greatly looking forward to experiencing the different specialties first hand.

Jesse Uduma

PCOM Third Year

Hello, my name is Jesse Uduma. I’m a Nigerian-American originally from Houston, Texas (H Town till we drown). I moved to Philadelphia to go to Temple University. There I got my Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. After that I got my Masters in Biomedical Sciences (concentration in Forensic Pathology) at PCOM.

A fun fact about me is that I love photography, video games, soccer (Manchester City!) and I used to practice Muay Thai. I have my own photography business called UdumaVisions… and please feel free check out my website udumavisions.com or IG (@udumavisions)! Needless to say, photography is one of my favorite hobbies!

My primary goal in medicine is to address certain health disparities in the Minority communities. My medical specialties of interests are Neurosurgery, Trauma, and GI. With that being said, I’m really excited to get started here at Bayhealth! I hope to learn a lot and gain a significant amount of experience here.

Samantha Weller

PCOM Georgia Third Year

Hi everyone. My name is Samantha Weller. I was born and raised in Livingston, NJ. I graduated from Marist College with a BS in Biomedical Science in 2014, and I also played Division I soccer there. After graduating from Marist, I worked as both a surgical and ER scribe which is where I became interested in going into Emergency Medicine. My interests outside of medicine include cooking, mountain biking, kayaking, and going to the beach with my dog, Dexter. He's a pitbull/lab mix who I rescued from Georgia right before starting medical school and he's been my study buddy ever since. Overall, my goals in medicine are to continue learning, challenging myself, and making a difference each and every day. I'm looking forward to starting rotations at Bayhealth and can't wait to meet everyone!

Amastasiya Yashuk

PCOM Georgia Third Year

My name is Anastasiya Yashchuk. I was born in Ukraine and moved to the US when I was 11. I’ve lived in Atlanta for 10 years, graduated from Georgia State University with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, and worked in the restaurant industry all throughout undergrad. I have a lot of interests in the medical field (Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Endocrinology, General Surgery, ER) and looking forward to my rotations to find what feels like home. I have a gray tabby named Cleocatra, who’s extremely lovable and annoying at the same time. My hobbies include traveling, weight lifting, cooking, and exploring new things/activities. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!