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October 2, 2020

‘Geriatric Buddy’ Program Hopes to End Isolation of Older Adults

Ben Boulden

Priya Mendiratta, M.D., second from left, talks to UAMS students, residents and fellows about the new Geriatric Buddy program.

Oct. 2, 2020 | UAMS geriatrician Priya Mendiratta, M.D., wants to brighten the lives of older adults who are isolated at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. She and some students have an idea for how to do that. “In the nursing home, for the first one or two months of the pandemic when we didn’t…


September 23, 2020

Physician Assistant Students Receive White Coats in Virtual Ceremony

Yavonda Chase

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies held its first virtual white coat ceremony Sept. 17. Students in the Class of 2022 were assisted by friends, family and significant others as they donned their white coats for the first time.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Professions celebrated the Class of 2022 with a virtual white coat ceremony Sept. 17.


September 18, 2020

Pharmacy Senior from Bahamas Finds Family at UAMS

Amy Widner

Byron Johnson at the podium

Fourth-year pharmacy student Byron Johnson found more than an education at UAMS, he found family. Johnson told his story to the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas, which oversees UAMS, at its September meeting. Johnson is from Freeport, Bahamas, which was decimated by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. His aunt and cousin died, and…


Diverse College of Pharmacy Class of 2024 Dons White Coats

Ben Boulden

Ashlyn Tedder, left, smiles as a family member of a first-year College of Pharmacy student assists her in putting on her white coat. Tedder is a third-year pharmacy student and the president of the UAMS Chapter of the APhA-Academy of Student Pharmacists.

The UAMS College of Pharmacy Class of 2024 donned white coats Sept. 5 in a virtual ceremony that still honored the right of passage signifying a pharmacy student’s transition into the life of a student-pharmacist. This year’s annual White Coat Ceremony, had one of the highest percentages of underrepresented minorities in the college’s history, nearly…


September 17, 2020

Three UAMS Medical Students Awarded Scholarships for Rural Arkansas Primary Care

Benjamin Waldrum

From left to right: Riley George of Greenwood, Kristen Rice of Texarkana and Lillie Pitts of Jonesboro. They are the latest UAMS College of Medicine students to receive the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship.

Three UAMS medical students have each been awarded a $20,000 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship, which encourages aspiring physicians to pursue primary care practices in rural Arkansas. This year’s recipients are Riley George of Greenwood, a senior, and Lillie Pitts of Jonesboro and Kristen Rice of Texarkana, both juniors. The scholarship…


August 14, 2020

UAMS College of Pharmacy Ranked among Top Pharmacy Colleges

Ben Boulden

Best Grad Schools -- U.S. News

The UAMS College of Pharmacy recently was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the best colleges of pharmacy nationwide, ranking 31st among 134 total colleges in the magazine’s 2020 list. “What makes the College of Pharmacy special is its people. The hard work and passion its faculty and students have…


August 13, 2020

White Coats Symbolize Hope as Med School Freshmen Start Journey

Amy Widner

Professor in foreground while student dons white coat on screen behind

The physician’s white coat still inspires hope, even when it’s seen over a screen or during a pandemic – maybe even especially so. Some symbols transcend all else. Charles Matthew Quick, M.D., the keynote speaker for the 2020 College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 7, kept bringing it back to hope as he…


August 5, 2020

UAMS Students Assist Homeless Shelters with COVID-19 Supplies

Ashley McNatt

Austin Larey and Ansley Scott

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, three of the top needs in Arkansas homeless shelters are hand sanitizer, masks and gloves, according to a recent Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health survey of 48 shelters. But not only did the students and faculty reach out to determine needs, they stepped up to work…


$780,000 Federal Grant Will Give UAMS Medical Students Hands-on Cancer Research Experience

Susan Van Dusen

Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., (left) and Richard Nicholas, M.D., received a $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to offer a summer research experience for UAMS College of Medicine students.

LITTLE ROCK — A $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a hands-on summer cancer research experience for medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Partnership in Cancer Research will provide focused and innovative research experiences in laboratories, community outreach programs and clinics for selected first- and second-year students…


July 30, 2020

Student Town Hall Addresses Diversity in UAMS College of Medicine

Spencer Watson

Natasha Thompson, a medical student and president of the UAMS Dr. Edith Irby Jones chapter of the Student National Medical Association, speaks at White Coats for Black Lives on June 11. Thompson helped organize a student town hall on diversity for the College of Medicine on July 7.

Administrators for UAMS and the College of Medicine met with minority medical students July 7 in a town hall to discuss steps the university can take to reinforce a diverse atmosphere within the college and throughout the institution.



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