UAMS Garners Multiple Honors in 2022 while Fulfilling Missions

By Ben Boulden

The university never faltered in its devotion to its missions. UAMS seized the opportunity the year brought to renew its focus on them in a way that earned it praise and recognition.

U.S. News & World Report in April recognized the UAMS colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health on its latest Best Graduate Schools lists.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s readers voted UAMS as the Best Company to Work For among organizations with more than 250 employees.

INSIGHT into Diversity magazine selected the university for its Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The national award recognizes health colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. UAMS received the additional honor of being named a “Diversity Champion,” having scored in the top tier of all HEED Award winners.

Readers of Arkansas Money & Politics voted UAMS as an “AMP Best of 2022” in three categories: Diverse Workplace, Health Care Provider and Hospital. There are three “Best” winners in each category.

Patient Care

Those general achievements and recognitions were complemented by similar kudos earned in patient care.


While great progress has been made in combating COVID-19, much remains to be discovered and understood about the disease. UAMS has not pulled back in its quest to answer questions about it.


With the vast majority of students vaccinated against COVID-19, students returned in much greater numbers to in-person classes in the fall semester. Achievements and recognitions rolled in too.

  • UAMS early in 2022 became the only institution in Arkansas and among the first in the country to gain national accreditation of its Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program for physicians.
  • A new class of nursing students in July started experiencing real-world scenarios in a new simulation center on the Fayetteville campus. All UAMS students in Northwest Arkansas will eventually use the center.
  • A team of student pharmacists from the College of Pharmacy in October was named the winner of the 19th annual National Community Pharmacy Association’s (NCPA) Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition. With this year’s win at nationals, the college became the first to win three consecutive competitions. No college has won the competition more times than the College of Pharmacy, which won in 2012, 2015 and 2017 in addition to the last three years.
  • UAMS in July began hosting colorectal surgeons to demonstrate robotic surgery in action, as one of 15 designated da Vinci Observation Epicenters nationwide. UAMS is the only hospital in Arkansas designated as an Epicenter.
  • The UAMS College of Medicine’s Match Day ceremony in March marked a return to normalcy for seniors who have spent the last two years of medical school largely avoiding crowds, and each other, to comply with pandemic-driven social distancing requirements. In a switch back to the live ceremonies of earlier years, albeit with masks to comply with UAMS policy, most of the Class of 2022 gathered at Heifer International headquarters in Little Rock, and 157 of 158 of them matched with residency programs and one obtained a research position.
  • Those matching students were concluding their postgraduate educations, but by September, UAMS started on construction of a building that will help very young students begin their journeys in learning. The university broke ground on a nearly $10 million Child Development Center on a four-acre property. With an expected opening in spring 2024, the approximately 20,000-square-foot center will be built at the intersection of 11th and Monroe streets near the Little Rock campus.