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, 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 | 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
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


693 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

18 juniors and 19 seniors are completing clinical rotations at Fayetteville-based UAMS-Northwest with faculty including local practicing physicians

61 physician residency and fellowship programs with more than 682 residents/fellows within COM (136 other family medicine residents and one sports medicine fellow train with adjunct COM faculty at 6 UAMS regional centers)

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

1,900 faculty members (approximately 1,300 full-time) – 66% hold M.D.s; 19% hold Ph.D.s

Patient Care

At UAMS in FY 2018, faculty physicians oversaw:

27,996 inpatients
495,329 outpatient visits
19,245 surgical cases
60,559 Emergency Department cases
161,746 patients at UAMS Regional Centers

College of Medicine faculty physicians also staff Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas State Hospital and much 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, established in 2009 and 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 760 children ages 3-5; four Early Head Start sites serve 128 infants and toddlers; and three child care partners serve 40 additional Early Head Start children.