Today, we are based on two campuses – Little Rock in Central Arkansas and Fayetteville in Northwest Arkansas. Each campus has distinct features, but as one medical school, both offer the highest quality medical education. UAMS is one of the nation’s top ranked schools for primary care, and our students can even tailor their medical school experience to focus on accelerated primary care training.
One medical school, two campuses. Let us help you decide which is best for you!
“The Little Rock campus is the central hub for medical expertise and education for the state of Arkansas. The opportunity to collaborate and learn from in-house experts provides invaluable means for academic growth.”
Class of 2024, Little Rock
“I really enjoy the small class size and the relationships I’ve built with my classmates and the program leaders at UAMS Northwest. Plus, Fayetteville has so many parks, walking/biking trails, coffee shops and great restaurants. It’s a wonderful place to live!”
Class of 2026, Northwest Campus
Your Campus Preference
We want to assure all applicants that the campus preference you indicate on your supplemental application to the UAMS College of Medicine has no bearing on the evaluation of you for admission.
Two Campuses – At a Glance
Comprehensive Academic Medical Center
The UAMS Little Rock campus is home to five health-related colleges, a graduate school, the UAMS Health Medical Center hospital and clinics, and seven institutes integrating clinical care, research and education. Additional clinical training sites include Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and Baptist Health.
About 168 Students Per Class
Large number of classmates creates a vibrant atmosphere with students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Extensive experiential and mentoring opportunities with over 900 faculty in 22 clinical departments and numerous subspecialties, 65 ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs, and seven basic science departments.
Community Setting & Collaborations
Medical students at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus work with physicians in diverse settings including multiple private practices, UAMS clinics, Washington Regional Medical Center, Mercy Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Willowcreek Women’s Hospital, Northwest Health and the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. Interested students have the opportunity to collaborate with University of Arkansas Biomedical Engineering Seniors as they devise innovative solutions for vexing healthcare challenges.
About 20 Students Per Class
Smaller class size creates a tightknit student group, with small rotation teams and significant individual attention from faculty.
Primary Care Scholars Three–Year M.D. or Four–Year M.D. Track
UAMS Northwest College of Medicine offers two tracks for earning an M.D. degree. The three-year track program is for highly qualified medical students dedicated to entering careers in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine or Family Medicine and begins with clinical training on day one. Students in the traditional four-year track benefit from close mentorship throughout their training and successfully match into the full range of medical specialties.
“The most important thing in my personal and professional life is the connection that I will make with patients as a future physician. I chose the Northwest Campus because of this principle. I knew I would get direct experience with patients and that I would be able to clearly observe how the physician/patient relationship is formed and maintained.”
Class of 2024, UAMS Northwest
“I chose the Little Rock campus because of its longstanding history of clinical research. I also wanted the opportunity to train at the Level 1 trauma centers at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.”
Class of 2023, Little Rock
The Northwest Campus is home to a nationally recognized community health and research program with more than $70 million in federal grants dedicated to improving health outcomes for all. In 2021, the campus and its work with the Marshallese and other special populations was integral to UAMS receiving the Spencer Foreman Award, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ top honor for community engagement.
The Little Rock campus is home to the largest biomedical research enterprise in Arkansas, providing students with myriad research opportunities. Our research teams are recognized for excellence in many areas including cancer, cardiovascular disease, bone research, infectious disease, mental health, biomedical informatics and more.
In Little Rock, students have numerous opportunities including the student-run UAMS 12th Street Clinic, which serves a low-income neighborhood through curriculum-based and volunteer activities. In Fayetteville, opportunities include the student-run North Street Clinic, which serves the area’s Marshallese community as well as patients suffering from long COVID, health screening activities in industry settings and many other outreaches.
Interested in a Dual Degree?
UAMS is among the top five nationally for training a high proportion of medical students in public health, with about one in four pursuing both a medical degree and Master of Public Health. You can work toward a M.D./M.P.H. at both campuses.
The College of Medicine has offered a dual M.D./Ph.D. program for aspiring physician-scientists since 1991. This is available on the Little Rock campus.
In partnership with the highly regarded University of Arkansas – (Fayetteville) Walton College of Business, a dual M.D./Master of Business Administration program will begin enrolling students in 2023 to prepare future physician leaders in healthcare. One year of full time coursework will be in person at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville campus, so the UAMS Northwest Campus may be the best option for students interested in this dual degree.
An Eye to the Future – Residency Opportunities
The College of Medicine is committed to ensuring the success of our graduates at both campuses. In addition to an innovative residency prep course and efforts throughout medical school to ensure your success on Match Day, we are working with hospitals in Northwest Arkansas and across the state to open new residency training programs. Our graduates from both campuses have similar excellent match rates into the full range of medical specialties, with many going on to complete residency training at top institutions around the country as well as in Arkansas.
Little Rock: A Great Place to Live
Arkansas’ Capital offers affordable housing in lovely neighborhoods, a local dining scene voted by Forbes as a top “secret foodie city,” and numerous cultural and historical attractions such as the Clinton Presidential Library. The vibrant River Market and SOMA (South Main) districts add to Little Rock’s metropolitan feel, while amenities such as the Little Rock Zoo and Museum of Discovery bolster the family-friendly atmosphere. Many parks, natural areas and public spaces such as the Big Dam Bridge and Pinnacle Mountain provide endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Central Arkansas.
Fayetteville: A Great Place to Live
U.S. News and World Report has named Fayetteville to its Top 10 list of best places to live in the U.S. repeatedly over the past decade, recognizing its emphasis on healthy living and embracing the beauty of the outdoors. In addition to Fayetteville’s college town vibe, Northwest Arkansas is home to the Walton Arts Center, Theater Squared, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, widely recognized downtown entertainment districts, and the AMP Music Pavilion. Fayetteville boasts one of the largest continuous biking trails in the U.S., and numerous sporting events with local NCAA and SEC teams.