Welcome from the Dean
The UAMS College of Medicine is dedicated to providing you, as a future physician, the best possible medical education and training. Our job is to prepare you well for the science and art of practicing medicine – and to become a compassionate physician who always puts the patient first.
Our curriculum and learning opportunities constantly evolve based on advances in biomedical knowledge. Your medical education at UAMS will reflect the ever-changing and increasingly technology and data-driven medical profession and the growing body of scholarly work on medical education itself.
In your first and second years with us, you will be immersed in engaging, active-learning experiences that help you learn to think critically. Our faculty members are passionate about helping you understand the relevance of basic science to clinical practice. As a member of our community of scholars, you will also have opportunities to participate in research with basic scientists and physician-scientists who are working to create new biomedical knowledge that transforms health care.
UAMS has long been a leader in clinical skills and simulation education, and this is emphasized throughout medical school. You will also learn that medicine is a team sport. Interdisciplinary and interprofessional experiences are the norm both in simulated clinical settings and clinical sites at UAMS.
You will grow professionally and personally through ample academic and career advising, mentoring and other activities with the fellow students and faculty members of your Academic House. They will be there when you need them, and you will teach and mentor others in return.
The College of Medicine strives to ensure the highest quality of care for Arkansans and patients around the world. Improving access to high-quality health care for rural and underserved Arkansans is a priority for UAMS and our college, and you can play an important role in achieving our vision.
As a physician, you will intervene in people’s lives when they are most vulnerable. It is both a privilege and a crucial responsibility. As you work to become a physician, we will help you understand that the compassion you bring to every patient encounter is as vital as your knowledge and clinical skills.
Welcome to the College of Medicine.
Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, College of Medicine
Executive Vice Chancellor, UAMS