The College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has held a unique, vital role in Arkansas for more than 135 years. As a major part of the state’s only medical sciences university, we train the majority of Arkansas’ physicians. Medical studentOur outstanding faculty members are on staff at UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, UAMS regional centers and numerous other clinics and facilities providing services throughout the state of Arkansas and for patients from around the world.

Many of our basic sciences faculty members also hold appointments in the UAMS Graduate School, teaching tomorrow’s scientists. And with a vibrant, world-class research enterprise that emphasizes multidisciplinary collaboration, the College of Medicine’s researchers and clinicians serve on the forefront of medical advances.

UAMS Mission

To improve the health and health care of Arkansans.

UAMS Mission Statement

The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and world by educating current and future health professionals and the public; providing high quality, innovative, patient- and family-centered health care; providing specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings; advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease; and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements.

UAMS Vision

By 2029, UAMS will lead Arkansas to be the healthiest state in the region through its synergies of education, clinical care, research and purposeful leadership.

Core Values


We foster, encourage and expect honesty, accountability and transparency in pursuit of the highest ethical and professional standards in all we do. We take responsibility for our performance, and will engage employees, patients and families, learners, and stakeholders in our critical decisions that are timely, complete and accurate.


We embrace a culture of professionalism with respect for the dignity of all persons.


We are committed to the importance of the diversity of UAMS leadership, faculty, staff and learners to enhance the education of our learners, to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities in our state, and honor the unique contributions provided by a diversity of values, beliefs and cultures.


We seek to create interdisciplinary and interprofessional, synergistic and collegial relationships characterized by honesty, collaboration, inclusiveness and flexibility.


We encourage and support innovation, imagination, ingenuity, resourcefulness and vision.


We strive to achieve, through continuous improvement, adherence to institutional policies and best practices, and collaboration with colleagues, patients and families, the highest quality and standards in all our endeavors.


We commit to protect the health and safety of all who we serve through our mission: our patients, our learners, our colleagues and our neighbors in the community, state, nation and world. By sustaining a culture of safety, our daily work and our strategic planning promote better health care outcomes, the creation of health equity for all, and a sense of joy in our work.