U.S. News & World Report Names UAMS Geriatrics Program No. 7 in the Nation, Topping Yale and Others

By Jon Parham

UAMS tied for No. 7 with the University of Washington in Seattle, and ranked ahead of Yale University in Connecticut and the University of California at San Francisco.

The UAMS geriatrics program has ranked in the top 10 programs seven of the last 10 years. This year the program moved to seventh from its last ranking of 11th.

Others in the top 10 for 2012 are Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, University of California – Los Angeles, Harvard University in Boston, Duke University in Durham, N.C., University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

“We are pleased that the hard work by our talented faculty and staff in our geriatrics program is recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Debra H. Fiser, M.D., dean of the UAMS College of Medicine. “This College of Medicine program is producing new health care professionals and delivering outstanding care that is improving the health of Arkansans.”

The latest U.S. News & World Report Graduate Health School rankings also recognized the UAMS College of Pharmacy as the No. 32 program in the country. Surveys were conducted of 128 doctor of pharmacy programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

“Our ranking with these other distinguished colleges is a tribute to the direction our program is taking and the progress we’ve made,” said Stephanie F. Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D.

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. Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., is department chairman and director of the affiliated Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at UAMS.
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 more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.