Bayhealth matches with new resident physicians
Bayhealth celebrated Match Day March 17.
That’s when Bayhealth, the first teaching hospital in central and southern Delaware, learned the names of the 30 new doctors joining its graduate medical education programs, bringing the total number of resident physicians to 73.
First established in 2019, the GME programs bolster the health system’s mission of strengthening the health of its community, one life at a time.
This year, Bayhealth introduced the emergency medicine residency program, which matched with six residents. It joins three existing programs – family medicine, general surgery and internal medicine. Both in their third years, the family medicine residency program matched with eight residents and the internal medicine residency program matched with 13 residents. The general surgery residency program, now in its second year, matched with three new residents.
The programs allow new medical doctors to gain experience over the next three to five years working in the hospital setting as well as community-based physician practices.
Lindsay Grasso, MD, who was part of last year’s residency class, served as emcee for the event. “I remember being on the other side of this process just one year ago,” she said. “Now that I’m here, I can say that my residency experience at Bayhealth has far surpassed my expectations. I have no doubt that the newest residents will find the same level of support, mentorship, and opportunities to grow and develop their skills.”
Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, a lifelong nurse, recorded a special video message for the event, wishing the residents luck on this new chapter in their careers.
Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE, touted the programs’ success over the years, noting that resident physicians have been able to help more than 14,000 patients get the care they need. “I want to applaud all the GME program directors, administrators, faculty and staff for their hard work and expertise in attracting and recruiting the best and brightest residents to Bayhealth, and for continually enhancing the program structure and resources we offer,” said Murphy.
Bayhealth partners with several regional medical schools, including Drexel and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The health system has served as a core clinical campus for PCOM for the past four years. Three of the new residents are from PCOM and completed their core clinical rotations at Bayhealth – Austin Lonksi, DO, who is originally from Dover and will join family medicine; and Mumta Essarani, DO, and Tyasia Guadalupe, DO, who will both join internal medicine.
“We understand the importance of working with local schools in order to nurture our future healthcare team members right here in our community,” said Gary Siegelman, MD, chief medical officer and GME designated institutional official.
Dean E. Johnson, MD, MS, FACEP, emergency medicine program director, welcomed the inaugural class, noting that the new residents come at a time when Bayhealth is expanding emergency access to Delawareans as it gears up to open the Bayhealth Total Care facility near Milton. The new facility will feature a hybrid emergency and urgent care center.
“I feel very proud of the time and attention we put into finding high-caliber medical students that we knew would thrive here at Bayhealth, would best serve our patients and be instrumental to the evolution of our program,” said Johnson.
For more information about the residency programs, go to BayhealthGME.org.