U.S. News & World Report Lists UAMS Graduate Schools Among Best in Nation; UAMS Geriatrics Among Top 10 in Country

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LITTLE ROCK Three University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) programs are featured in the latest U.S. News & World ReportAmerica’s Best Graduate Schools,” which hit newsstands this month.

The UAMS College of Medicine geriatrics program placed in the top 10 geriatric programs in the nation for the sixth year in a row. This year, as last year, the program ranked 10th. Others in the top 10 are Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Duke University in North Carolina, University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, University of MichiganAnn Arbor, Harvard University in Massachusetts, University of Washington, Yale University in Connecticut, and University of CaliforniaSan Francisco.

The UAMS College of Medicine primary care program, which includes family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics, ranked 35th among top medical schools in the nation – up 10 places from last year. UAMS tied with Mayo Medical School in Minnesota, University of CaliforniaSan Diego, University of Maryland, University of Virginia and Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

The magazine did not freshly rank nursing programs, but included last year’s list in which the UAMS College of Nursing master’s program ranked 40th – tied with Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; Loyola University Chicago; University of Kansas; University of Rochester in New York; University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio; and Wayne State University in Michigan.

“The U.S. News & World Report rankings recognize the hard work by our talented faculty and staff to create programs that deliver on both our academic and patient care missions at UAMS,” said UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D. “These programs continue to produce new health care professionals and deliver standard-setting care that is improving the health of Arkansans.”


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.

Debra H. Fiser, M.D., is dean of the UAMS College of Medicine and Claudia Barone, Ed.D., R.N., is dean of the UAMS College of Nursing.

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 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 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 $5 billion a year. Visit www.uams.edu.