Student does an simulated eye procedure while faculty member observesThe College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has educated and trained more than 10,000 physicians since 1879. As part of the state’s only health sciences university and UAMS Health, the college prepares clinicians and scientists to make their mark around the world. Our faculty physicians provide highly specialized, patient and family-centered care at UAMS Medical Center’s state-of-the-art hospital, clinics and internationally recognized patient care and research institutes, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, UAMS regional centers and clinics throughout the state.

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Our Mission

To improve health and increase knowledge through innovative teaching, groundbreaking research, state-of-the-art patient care and outstanding service to Arkansas, the nation and the world.


Core Values

Integrity | Respect | Teamwork | Creativity | Excellence | Diversity & Health Equity | Safety


Clinical Departments and Divisions

Emergency Medicine
Family & Preventive Medicine
Internal Medicine

Cardiovascular Medicine
General Internal Medicine
Hospital Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Medical Oncology
Palliative Medicine
Pulmonary & Critical Care

Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Orthopaedic Surgery
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Pediatric & Special Needs Dentistry
Pediatrics (25 divisions)
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Radiation Oncology

Basic Science Departments

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biomedical Informatics
Microbiology and Immunology
Neurobiology/Developmental Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physiology and Biophysics


702 medical students (freshman enrollment is 174)

Student-centered Active Learning curriculum fosters critical thinking

Seven Academic Houses provide academic and career advising and support, peer mentoring and a greater sense of community for students

Interprofessional education helps future physicians learn to work in highly effective teams for improved patient care

21 juniors and 18 seniors are completing clinical rotations at Fayetteville-based UAMS-Northwest with faculty including local practicing physicians

62 physician residency and fellowship programs with more than 674 residents/fellows within COM (Approximately 135 other family medicine residents and one sports medicine fellow train at 6 UAMS regional centers, where the faculty have COM appointments).

We help hospitals across Arkansas establish additional, much-needed residency programs to build Arkansas’ physician workforce

1,500 faculty members – approximately 66% hold M.D.s; 19% hold Ph.D.s; plus an additional 500 adjunct faculty

Patient Care

At UAMS in FY 2019, faculty physicians oversaw:

28,215  inpatients
498,809 outpatient visits
19,115 surgical cases
60,251 Emergency Department cases
153,329 patients at UAMS Regional Centers

We are part of UAMS Health, a statewide health system. COM faculty physicians also staff Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas State Hospital and part of the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.


Innovative work in many areas, including:

Biomedical informatics
Microbial pathogenesis and immunology
Childhood obesity and other drivers of child health
Osteoporosis and bone disorders
Myeloma and other cancers
Cardiovascular disease
ALS and other neurological disorders
Alzheimer’s disease and aging
Substance abuse and addiction

The UAMS Translational Research Institute, supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health, accelerates research that improves health and health care.

Institutional member and administrative home of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute.

Statewide Reach

UAMS Continuing Education office is the state’s only nationally accredited provider of CME credits that Arkansas physicians must have to maintain licensure; joint accreditation by the premier national certifying organizations ensures high-quality interprofessional learning activities to enhance collaborative health care practices.

Center for Distance Health’s stroke diagnosis and treatment network (Arkansas SAVES) connects more than 50 rural hospitals with stroke neurologists, while ANGELS telemedicine program provides high-risk pregnancy consultation with the state’s only board- certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

Seven Regional Centers on Aging, overseen by the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, provide education, specialized care and other services for older Arkansans and their families.

In what became a national model, 11 Kids First sites throughout Arkansas provide multidisciplinary daytime care for children with special health care needs.

Nine Head Start sites in Pulaski County serve 500 children ages 3-5. The program also serves 224 infants, toddlers and pregnant women, with 72 of these families receiving services through a home-based model.