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May 22, 2020

Grad School Celebrates Graduates Joining Careers of Lifelong Learning

Amy Widner

Screen shot of Dr. McGehee at virtual hooding

College deans and faculty always go the extra mile to help their students, and this year for UAMS Graduate School Dean Robert E. McGehee Jr., Ph.D., that was literal. Usually “the extra mile” involves writing a last-minute recommendation or providing a glowing reference. This year, McGehee put in the miles by driving around Central Arkansas,…


May 21, 2020

Graduating College of Medicine Class Breaks Tradition, Makes History

Amy Widner

Student being hooded with family

When the UAMS College of Medicine held the first virtual Honors Convocation in its 141-year history for the Class of 2020, the faculty balanced this departure from tradition with an extra dose of symbolism. It became clear in the days leading up to the ceremony that the students might not all receive their academic robes…


May 20, 2020

Diversity Summer Outreach Programs Go Digital

Spencer Watson

Learning opportunities such as the Academy of Pre-Health Scholars will be moved online to increase safety and provide broader access.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer outreach programs of the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have been moved online. The programs, designed to cultivate an interest in health sciences among up-and-coming students from kindergarten to undergraduate levels, particularly underrepresented minority students, include the DDEI STEM Academy, the Academy of Pre-Health Scholars and…


May 18, 2020

May MVP — Leigh Wade

Yavonda Chase

Leigh Wade

Congratulations to Leigh Wade, our May MVP of the Month!
Leigh is a licensed certified social worker who works at the Northwest Regional Campus. Her embodiment of our core values goes far beyond her work in the clinic and residency program.


UAMS Graduates 914 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Members of the genetic counseling class of 2020 gather for a virtual celebration led by department chair Noelle Danylchuk, M.S.

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 914 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school on May 16. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no commencement ceremony was held. A digital commencement program can be found here. Degrees were awarded to 165 in the College of Medicine, 255 in the…


UAMS Chancellor’s Teaching Award Presented to Tiffany Huitt, Ph.D., in College of Health Professions

Spencer Watson

Chancellor's Teaching Award winner Tiffany Huitt, Ph.D., with Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., and Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA.

Tiffany Huitt, Ph.D., has received the Chancellor’s Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Huitt is director of research and an associate professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the UAMS College of Health Professions. “Dr. Huitt is a model of excellence in education and scholarship…


May 12, 2020

Nursing In COVID-19: What It’s Like at UAMS

Kate Franks

The World Health Organization declared 2020 as “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth on May 12, 1820.

The World Health Organization declared 2020 as “The Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth on May 12, 1820. UAMS is honoring “200 Years of Nursing and 365 Days of Caring” by sharing six UAMS nurses’ responses to a series of questions about working on the front lines of COVID-19.


Arkansas INBRE Receives 5-Year Funding of $18.4 Million to Promote Biomedical Research Across Arkansas

Amy Widner

Group portrait of INBRE students

Arkansas INBRE, which promotes biomedical research with programs for undergraduate students and faculty statewide, has seen its federal funding renewed for $18.4 million over the next five years. While the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the lead institution, INBRE grants and programs have impacted nearly all colleges and universities in the state…


May 11, 2020

Graduate School Recognizes Student Wellness, Nursing Program Support, COVID-19 Volunteers & Graduates

Amy Widner

Group photo of Wellness Center staff

The faculty and staff of the Student Wellness Center were collectively honored as the Graduate Faculty of the Year at what would have normally been the Graduate School Spring Reception, announced via email this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Student Wellness Center is made up of Director Puru Thapa, M.D.; Vicki Flynn, M.D.;…


May 8, 2020

UAMS Mobile Unit Screens in Warren, Mountain Home, Forrest City, SW Little Rock

Ashley McNatt

SW LR Mobile Clinic

It’s been another busy week for the UAMS Mobile Triage Unit, which provided nearly 400 COVID-19 drive-thru evaluations last week in four different cities: Warren, Mountain Home, Forrest City and southwest Little Rock. “These mobile testing sites are vital for rural communities and people who may not have access to transportation,” said Jennifer Hunt, M.D.,…



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