UAMS Names New Internal Medicine, Family Medicine Resident Physicians in Northwest Arkansas

By David Wise

The new internal medicine residents are:

  • Ashlyn Abbot, D.O. – Hometown: Walnut Ridge
  • Wade Arthur, M.D. – Hometown: Claremore, Oklahoma
  • Christina Chapman, M.D. – Hometown: Fayetteville
  • Daniel Conde, M.D. – Hometown: Siloam Springs
  • Joseph Koon, M.D. – Hometown: Little Rock
  • Robert Mann, M.D. – Hometown: Little Rock
  • August Martin, M.D. – Hometown: St. Louis
  • Leslie Moore, M.D. – Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
  • Ethan Porter, M.D. – Hometown: Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Mohammed Soliman, M.D. – Hometown: Fayetteville
  • Stephanie Dayer, M.D. – Hometown: Conway

UAMS Internal Medicine Residents Class of 2024

The new family medicine residents are:

  • Riley George, M.D. – Hometown: Greenwood
  • Justice Madubuike, M.D. – Hometown: Baltimore
  • Jake Martin, M.D. – Hometown: Alma
  • Micha Newman, M.D. – Hometown: Santa Monica, California
  • Tweelynn Nguyen, M.D. – Hometown: San Diego
  • Danee Norris, M.D. – Hometown: Waldron
  • Blessing Osa, M.D. – Hometown: Alpharetta, Georgia
  • Josh Spore, D.O. – Hometown: Mountain Home
  • Venus Swearingen, M.D. – Hometown: Riverside, California
  • Matt Turner, D.O. – Hometown: Greenwood

UAMS Family Medicine Residents Class of 2024

The UAMS internal medicine residency program in Northwest Arkansas is a partnership with Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers and the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. The program is based at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus, and the residents perform clinical rotations at Mercy and the VA Hospital.

“We only seek out the best and brightest candidates annually to join our residency program in Northwest Arkansas,” said Thomas Schulz, M.D., director of the internal medicine residency program at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus. “We are thrilled that these excellent physicians have joined our ranks to provide quality health care for the people of Northwest Arkansas.”

The UAMS family medicine residency program in Northwest Arkansas was founded in 1975. In addition to the UAMS family medicine clinics in Fayetteville and Springdale, family medicine residents work and train at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville and Northwest Health System in Springdale.

“Providing quality health care for the people of Northwest Arkansas is our number one goal,” said Michael Macechko, M.D., director of the family medicine residency program at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus. “For more than 45 years, the UAMS family medicine residency program in Northwest Arkansas has been training family medicine physicians for the people of Arkansas. We know that those who complete their training here are more likely to stay and work here. In fact, UAMS ranks third in the nation for retaining the health care providers we train.”

Seventy-five percent of the health care providers in Northwest Arkansas were trained at UAMS, and more than 300 physicians have completed their residency through the two programs.

“Our partnerships with these Northwest Arkansas hospitals and clinics are helping us train the next generation of health care leaders for the people of Arkansas,” said Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., vice chancellor of the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus. “Especially now, as we are dealing with a global pandemic, these new physicians are needed more than ever. They will be on the front lines and will be able to make an impact in health care that is unprecedented in our lifetime. We are proud that they are joining our team.”

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state’s Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — COPD, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and four dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus includes 290 medical, pharmacy, nursing and health professions students, 64 medical and pharmacy residents, two sports medicine fellows, and 1,000 community-based faculty. The campus has nine clinics including a student-led clinic and physical, occupational and speech therapy. Faculty conduct research to reduce health disparities. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.