University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Established: 1879
Enrollment: 2,809  students and 793 residents
www.uams.edu and www.uamshealth.com 

At a Glance:

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of the state’s 75 counties. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.

UAMS offers 64 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs through its Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health and Graduate School. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and its regional campus in Fayetteville.

With its combination of education, research and clinical programs, UAMS has a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in the state. Its assets include a statewide network of area health education centers, a comprehensive rural hospital program, the Translational Research Institute, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy.

Points of Pride

  • UAMS is home to the state’s only adult Level One Trauma Center, only high-risk pregnancy program, and the only liver transplant program.
  • UAMS treats more patients for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow, than any other facility in the country and its five-year survival rate is 74 percent versus 43 percent in the National Cancer Institute’s database.
  • UAMS received the President’s Institutional Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association in recognition of its use of broadband technology to provide health care to rural Arkansans.
  • UAMS received the President’s Institutional Award for the Advancement of Telemedicine from the American Telemedicine Association in recognition of its use of broadband technology to provide health care to rural Arkansans.
  • UAMS ranks in the top 18 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities in research funding from the federal government with nearly $155 million in grants and contracts for FY2013.
  • BioVentures, the UAMS business incubator, has helped create more than 46 companies in the last 12 years.  Nineteen of those companies produce an annual payroll of more than $26.5 million.