Fast Facts


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of post-secondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.

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 the world by:

  • Educating current and future health professionals and the public
  • Providing high-quality, innovative, patient- and family – centered health care and 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

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity

Vision 2020

UAMS, with its intersection of education, research and clinical programs, brings a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in Arkansas. Among its assets for leadership are its status as the only academic health center in the state, its statewide network of centers for public education and clinical outreach, its emphasis on population health, and its leadership in health informatics and statewide information technology. In addition, UAMS has a unique capacity for translational research – speeding the rate at which research can inform clinical care and health improvement.


  • 2,890 students
  • 782 residents
  • College of Nursing – 712 students*
  • College of Medicine – 682 students*
  • College of Health Professions – 558 students*
  • College of Pharmacy – 468 students*
  • College of Public Health – 153 students*
  • Graduate School – 317 students*
  • 1,429 faculty members

* September, 2014

  • The Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics educational program ranked in the U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top 10 postdoctoral education programs in the U.S. for seven consecutive years
  • Chronicle of Higher Education ranks
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences program 5th in nation
  • UAMS Northwest campus total enrollment 158
    • College of Medicine – 33
    • College of Pharmacy – 51
    • College of Nursing – 48
    • College of Health Professions – 32
    • Number of Residents – 32 (not included in total enrollment)
  • Family Medical Centers at six Regional Centers – 169,984 outpatient visits in 2014 FY
  • Hospital capacity – 332 adult beds, 64 newborn bassinets, 40 psychiatry beds
  • Only adult Level One Trauma Center in Arkansas
  • 912 College of Medicine clinicians staff UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • Faculty physicians at 8 Regional Centers provide care and supervise residents at the UAMS Family Medical Centers located in six regions outside of central Arkansas
  • The Myeloma Institute has treated more than 11,000 patients from every state in the U.S. and more than 50 countries.
  • The Myeloma Institute has performed more than 9,500 peripheral blood stem cell transplants – more than any other center in the world – for multiple myeloma and related diseases.
  • The expected five-year survival rate for newly diagnosed myeloma patients treated at the Myeloma Institute is 74%, versus 43% for a comparable patient population in the NCI cancer statistics (SEER) database.
  • Only adult sickle cell clinic in Arkansas
  • Only adult spina bifida clinic in Arkansas
  • Only adult cystic fibrosis center in Arkansas
  • Only ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) treatment center in Arkansas
  • Only cord blood bank and adult blood stem cell collection unit in Arkansas
  • First liver transplant in Arkansas
  • Only liver transplant program in Arkansas
  • First bone marrow transplant in Arkansas
  • Liver and kidney transplant survival rates higher than national average
  • First accredited echocardiography lab for careful cardiac diagnosis
  • Only high-risk pregnancy program in Arkansas, with board-certified maternal fetal specialists.