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Brian Gittens, vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is shown sitting at a table.

Brian Gittens, Ed.D., MPA, Receives Diamond Award in Recognition of UAMS’ Diversity Efforts

Feb. 7, 2023 | LITTLE ROCK — Brian Gittens, Ed.D., MPA, vice chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI), was honored by the Diamond Awards program in recognition of UAMS’ efforts to promote inclusivity and health equity. At a January gala in Atlanta, Gittens accepted the Diamond Award for...

Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, M.D., and Crystal Smith stand next to the UAMS MammoVan during a Midsouth Black Expo event in 2022.

UAMS Midsouth Black Expo Scheduled for Feb. 25

Feb. 6, 2023 | LITTLE ROCK — The 19th annual Midsouth Black Expo, presented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research, will celebrate Black History Month with a free event that offers health education and cancer screenings and promotes local Black-owned businesses. The expo — themed “Our Health,...

Dana McEwen (left), instrument technician for Sterile Services, and Marcus Murphy, biomedical equipment technician in the UAMS Office of Academic Services, perform a live musical rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” during an event to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

UAMS Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Feb. 3, 2023 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosted a virtual seminar to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and examine his efforts to eliminate health and economic disparities. The event, “Remembering Dr. King’s Other Dream: Economic Security and Health Equity,” was sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Subcommittee of the UAMS...

Surgical residents practice skills on a synthetic cadaver during the Green Spine Lab.

UAMS Spine Lab Goes Green with 3-D Printed Cadavers

Feb. 1, 2023 | Feb. 1, 2023 | Faced with rising monetary and environmental costs of obtaining, transporting and storing cadavers for teaching purposes, two University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) neurosurgeons believed there had to be a better, “greener” way. Glenn Pait, M.D., director of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute and fellow neurosurgeon Noojan...

The UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation’s Brain Injury Program will host a virtual workshop, “Strategies for Memory and Mood,” Feb. 16 to connect anyone affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to helpful resources and support.

UAMS Brain Injury Program to Offer Free Virtual Workshop Feb. 16

Feb. 1, 2023 | LITTLE ROCK — The UAMS Institute for Digital Health and Innovation’s Brain Injury Program will host a virtual workshop, “Strategies for Memory and Mood,” Feb. 16 to connect anyone affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) to helpful resources and support.

Scholars take part in an academic session for Pathways Academy.

UAMS Accepting Applications from K-12 Students for Pathways Academy Summer Programs in Eight Cities

Jan. 31, 2023 | LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is accepting applications for its Pathways Academy program for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.   Pathways Academy is an educational and community engagement program that focuses on preparing K-12 students for opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and...

Szarria Thomas

FDA Fellowship Helps Guide Pharmacy Student’s Path Forward

Jan. 31, 2023 | Szarria Thomas loves working with geriatric patients. The Class of 2025 College of Pharmacy student looks forward to a career where she can provide exceptional care and knowledge to the geriatric community, and her pursuit of a pharmacy education is a big step towards that future. Last year, Thomas was one of four students nationwide...

A Parkinson's patient and his caregiver, his wife, experiment with watercolor pencils in an Art for Parkinson's workshop last year.

UAMS Movement Disorders Clinic to Offer Free Cooking, Art, Music Classes to Patients

Jan. 30, 2023 | LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Movement Disorders Clinic will again this year offer free art, cooking and music workshops for parkinsonism patients and their caregivers. In all classes, no experience is necessary and materials will be provided. The Art for Parkinsonism workshops began in 2022 and were so popular...

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