UAMS College of Medicine Names Lindsey Sward, M.D., as Assistant Dean for Clinical Education

By Linda Haymes

In her new role, Sward will work to continue and improve the college’s work of producing highly skilled, compassionate physicians for the state.

“With the recent expansion of the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus, the addition of a three-year accelerated M.D. track working to produce more primary care physicians, and our growth across Arkansas, this position will help ensure that we provide consistent and excellent clinical instruction for all of our medical students,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean Susan Smyth, M.D., Ph.D. “Dr. Sward brings exceptional teaching skills and a strong commitment to our educational mission to her new post.”

Sward has been recognized nationally by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Fellow and through ACOG’s Mentor of the Year Award and National Faculty Award.

At UAMS, Sward has received five Golden Apple awards from the junior and senior classes, which are awarded to the faculty member voted by each class as the top teacher during the year. She also has received multiple Red Sash and Gold Sash awards for teaching, and twice, graduating seniors have selected her to give the “Faculty Charge” address at their Honors Convocation ceremony. She has also served in numerous educational leadership roles since joining the faculty in 2015, including medical student clerkship director in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2017. She serves on the college’s Curriculum Committee and Clinical Skills Subcommittee and on the UAMS Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Self Study Task Force.

A native of Conway, Sward received her medical degree from the UAMS College of Medicine in 2009. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UAMS, serving as chief resident during her final year.

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