UAMS College of Pharmacy Student Selected for National Leadership Program

By Holland Doran

The program is planned and implemented by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, the professional organization for the academic public health community dedicated to prevention research and professional education. It introduces health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing public health challenges.

Hayes attended a three-day leadership symposium June 23-26 in Washington, D.C., and will implement a funded and mentored community- or UAMS-based health promotion or disease prevention project. He received a $200 micro-grant to assist with project-related costs, as well as a travel stipend.

The symposium provides skills-based training by leaders in public health. Past speakers have included surgeons general, public health officials, industry experts and veteran public health practitioners.

With his micro-grant, Hayes will create a Medicare Planning/Brown Bag Special Clinic at the UAMS Institute on Aging, and eventually across the state, to educate seniors about Medicare plans available and help them in choosing the best plan for their needs.

“It will also be an opportunity for seniors to bring all their prescription medications, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter drugs so that pharmacists and pharmacy students can identify and resolve any adverse drug effects and interactions,” Hayes said.

Hayes lives in Maumelle with his wife Emily. He attended Morrilton High School and Southern Arkansas University. At UAMS, he is a member of Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Pharmacists Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists and the Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International.

The scholars program is posthumously named for Paul W. Ambrose, M.D., M.P.H., a rising star in the field of prevention and public health who died in 2001. At the time of his death, Ambrose worked for the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, serving as the seventh Luther Terry Fellow.

Hayes is the fourth UAMS pharmacy student to be named an Ambrose Scholar. Past recipients were Sarah Frank Uroza 07, Pharm.D., Eric Crumbaugh 08, Pharm.D., and Ashley Castleberry 11, Pharm.D.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: 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, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 medical residents. It is the states largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or