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Field, far left, was dean of the College of Nursing from 1965 to 1978. At right, Dean Cowan poses with the Carters at Alumni Weekend 2019, where Michael Carter was named a distinguished alumnus.

Carter Family Commits $500,000 to Create Research-Focused Scholarship in UAMS College of Nursing

Dec. 3, 2020 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing received a commitment of $500,000 from Michael Carter, D.N.Sc., D.N.P., and Sarah Carter, M.D., to create the Dr. Elois R. Field Endowed Scholarship for Ph.D. Students. The scholarship will encourage Ph.D. nursing students, preferably Arkansas residents from underrepresented groups in the nursing profession, to...

Seth Heldenbrand, top left, meets during a live, video class session with students and other participants in the NCPA Foundation-UAMS Pharmacy Ownership and Leadership Academy.

Academy Finds Real Success in Virtual Form, Garners Sustaining Funding

Dec. 2, 2020 | Converting an in-person program, meeting or event into a live, video streaming one has become common in 2020. Making it almost as successful as its original in-person version has been rare, although the UAMS College of Pharmacy has done it. The NCPA Foundation-UAMS Pharmacy Ownership and Leadership Academy is a real-world example of the adaptability...

Flanked by his mother and father, Grady O. Brown, center, takes a family photo in early 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. He supports his mother, Virginia, in caring for his father, who also is named Grady Brown.

Little Rock Coach Turns Caregiver

Nov. 30, 2020 | When caring for a person with dementia, sometimes a family caregiver needs support, and sometimes a coach needs a coach. Grady O. Brown, a Little Rock gymnastics coach, found himself in that position as he tried to help his mother, Virginia, 81, as she cared for his father, 84, also named Grady. Brown turned to...

Michail Mavros, M.D.

Fellowship-Trained Surgical Oncologist Michail Mavros, M.D., Joins UAMS

Nov. 30, 2020 | Michail Mavros, M.D., a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist who specializes in gastrointestinal cancers, has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He sees patients in the Surgical Oncology Clinic at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

Chancellor Patterson presents Molly Gathright, M.D. with the $30,000 grant for the UAMS College of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education. UAMS has set a goal to increase residency positions in Arkansas by 200 slots over the next 10 years, with at least 50% of those spots in primary care.

Chancellor’s Circle Spotlight: Graduate Medical Education

Nov. 30, 2020 | The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) in the UAMS College of Medicine has an important task: educating and training hundreds of residents and fellows so they can take up needed positions across the state as physicians and specialists. As the state continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear that quality physicians are...

Jacob Painter

Painter Leads PEP Division as New Director

Nov. 24, 2020 | Jacob T. Painter, Pharm.D., MBA, Ph.D., has been named the director of the College of Pharmacy’s Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy (PEP). Painter is an associate professor in the College’s Department of Pharmacy Practice and has been  a member of PEP division faculty since 2012. Since April 2019, he has served as associate director...

Brigette Serfaty

Serfaty Chosen as UAMS Director of Nuclear Education Online

Nov. 24, 2020 | Brigette Serfaty, Pharm.D., BCNP, FAPhA, has been named the new director of the Nuclear Education Online program in the UAMS College of Pharmacy. From 2019 until recently, Serfaty served as a vice president of PharmaLogic Holdings in Boca Raton, Florida, leading the quality and regulatory department of its PET and radiopharmacy operations. She also was...

Alicia Baird, director of the Ophthalmic Medical Technology program and department chair, demonstrates how to perform a prism alternate cover test (PACT) on student Mallory England.

Ophthalmic Medical Technology Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Nov. 23, 2020 | Blow up the balloons and cut the cake because the Ophthalmic Medical Technology (OMT) program turns 20 this year. “I think it is pretty fitting that a program dedicated to providing quality optical care celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020,” said Susan Long, Ed.D., dean of the College of Health Professions. A collaboration between the...

Chancellor Patterson presents Tonya Johnson with the $30,000 grant for Stocked & Reddie. Since opening on July 15, 2019, Stocked & Reddie has provided more than 68,000 meals to more than 1,100 active members.

Chancellor’s Circle Spotlight: Stocked & Reddie

Nov. 23, 2020 | A little over one year ago, UAMS made good on a promise to build a food pantry for employees and students. Today, Stocked & Reddie has expanded far beyond its humble beginnings, providing welcome relief for thousands during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, a $50,000 grant, awarded by UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, and...

Chancellor Patterson (left) and Dean Westfall (right) present Compton with a commemorative medallion and inscribed chair at the investiture ceremony Nov. 18. Compton, who joined UAMS in 2010, is actively involved in providing educational programs for the public regarding memory and cognitive disorders.

M. Denise Compton, Ph.D., Invested in Magalene McKinnon Ingram Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Education

Nov. 20, 2020 | Denise Compton, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and geriatric neuropsychologist specializing in seniors and cognitive disorders at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Nov. 18 in the Magalene McKinnon Ingram Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Compton was invested in a brief ceremony broadcast online via Zoom....

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