Bruce Fountain at UAMSThe College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has educated and trained the vast majority of Arkansas’ physicians since 1879. As part of the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, 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.

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.

Our Vision

The UAMS College of Medicine leads the way in educating exemplary physicians and translating biomedical discovery into innovative treatments that enable our health care teams to deliver superior medical care

Core Values

Integrity | Respect | Teamwork | Creativity | Excellence | Diversity


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


695 medical students (freshman enrollment is 174)

Student-centered “Active Learning” curriculum fosters critical thinking and greater comprehension

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

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

Fifty-seven physician residency and fellowship programs with more than 660 residents/fellows

1,733 faculty members (1,226 full-time) – Approximately 61% hold M.D.s; 19% hold Ph.D.s

About 1,300 non-faculty staff members

Patient Care

At UAMS in FY 2016, faculty physicians oversaw:

27,897 inpatients
434,707 outpatient visits
18,083 surgical cases
60,422 Emergency Department cases
172,807 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:

Myeloma and other cancers
Biomedical informatics
Microbial pathogenesis and immunology
Childhood obesity and prevention
Osteoporosis and bone disorders
Cardiovascular disease
ALS and other neurological disorders
Alzheimer’s disease and aging
Substance abuse and addiction
Health services research
Precision medicine

The UAMS Translational Research Institute, established in 2011 with 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

The UAMS Continuing Education office received the highest level of national accreditation and is the state’s only nationally accredited, longtime provider of CME credits that Arkansas physicians must have to maintain licensure.

The Center for Distance Health’s stroke diagnosis and treatment network (Arkansas SAVES) connects more than 40 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.

Eight 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 over 700 children with special health care needs.

Fifteen Head Start sites in Pulaski County serve over 800 children ages 3-5, and three sites serve over 150 infants and toddlers.