UAMS to Share with Hope Pre-K Teachers Novel Ways to Teach Health Science

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LITTLE ROCK – Hope-area pre-kindergarten teachers are invited to participate in a free workshop Nov. 1 about novel ways to teach students about the cardio-pulmonary system as part of a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Partners in Health Sciences (PIHS) program.


The workshop, to be held from 6-9 p.m. in the Student Center at the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, is free to pre-K teachers. A dinner for the teachers is being provided by BancorpSouth of Hope. For more information, teachers can contact the PIHS program at 501-603-1971.


Creative methods to be demonstrated include using ping pong paddles to show the workings of the heart’s chambers and how hitting ping pong paddles mimic the function and sound of a heart valve closing.


“The goal is to foster an interest in health science and healthy living at an early age,” said Bob Burns, Ph.D., who will be the presenter. He is the founding director of the PIHS program, and a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences and the Lutterloh Professor of Medical Education Excellence in the UAMS College of Medicine.


Since 1991, the PIHS program has provided thousands of hours of professional development and education programs for Arkansas teachers, school nurses and students.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit