U.S. News & World Report Lists UAMS Graduate School Among Best in Nation

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LITTLE ROCK — Four University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) programs are featured in the latest U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” which hit newsstands in early April.


The UAMS College of Medicine geriatrics program placed in the top 10 geriatric programs in the nation for the fourth year in a row. This year, the program ranked 10th. Others in the top 10 include the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, Johns Hopkins University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Duke University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Washington, Yale University and the University of California-San Francisco.

The magazine did not freshly rank Colleges of Pharmacy this year but did reprint its 2005 list in which it ranked the UAMS College of Pharmacy 46th out of 54 top schools.

The UAMS College of Medicine primary care program, which includes family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, ranked 38th among top medical schools in the nation, up from 48th last year. UAMS tied with the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles and the University of Connecticut.

The UAMS College of Nursing master’s program was ranked 39th out of 75 top schools for 2004. The magazine did not freshly rank nursing programs this year, but reprinted 2004’s list.

“We are honored to once again be recognized as one of ‘America’s Best Graduate Schools’ by U.S. News & World Report,” said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., “It is rewarding to know that our students are getting some of the best instruction available.”

The UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics is one of the country’s few academic medical departments dedicated to the care of senior citizens. David A. Lipschitz, M.D., Ph.D., is department chairman and director of the affiliated Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS.

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph. D., M.B.A., is dean of the UAMS College of Medicine. Linda Hodges, Ed.D., R.N.; is dean of the UAMS College of Nursing and Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., is dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy.

The rankings by U.S. News & World Report included data from more than a hundred medical schools across the country. 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with almost 9,000 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.