College of Health Professions

June 1, 2023

Brunch, Hooding Ceremonies Mark Crossroads for College of Health Professions Students

Ben Boulden

A student stands center stage May 26 in the CHARTS Theater as two members of the College of Health Professions faculty place her academic hood on her shoulders.

At an informal brunch in the late morning and an afternoon hooding ceremony, both on May 19, hundreds of College of Health Professions students celebrated the successful conclusion of their formal, professional education and the beginning of their careers.

May 31, 2023

UAMS Plays Key Role in New State Legislation for Physician Assistants

Ben Boulden

State Sen. Aaron Pilkington, left, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Edward Williams on May 5 just after the official signing of Act 303.

Because of a UAMS team effort, the Arkansas Legislature passed, and Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on May 5 signed into law Arkansas Act 303, allowing physician assistants to be enrolled in Medicaid as “rendering providers.”

May 8, 2023

Going for the Gold, OT Style

David Wise

A student participates in the grip challenge at the OT Olympics

Students in the Occupational Therapy Doctoral (OTD) program recently held their second annual OT Olympics on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest Regional Campus to celebrate Occupational Therapy (OT) Month in April. Students and faculty from every program at UAMS in Northwest Arkansas were invited to compete in different assessments common to…

March 14, 2023

PA Students Raise Their Second Highest Dollar Total Ever to Fight Hunger

Ben Boulden

Samantha Lawson, left, Michelle Hill, Ryan Toliver and Spencer Hughes present a mock check celebrating the $11,786 that PA students raised last year for the Arkansas Food Bank.

Through its Heroes Against Hunger 5K Race in 2022, the Kelly-Rahn-Turnage Fellowship of Physician Assistant Students raised $11,786 for the Arkansas Food Bank, which is the second highest annual total in the race’s history. In a short ceremony March 6 at UAMS, the students presented an oversize, mock check to Michelle Hill, corporate relations manager…

March 6, 2023

Students in UAMS Pathways Academy Gain Exposure to Health Professions

Chris Carmody

A student practices intubation on a manikin during the UAMS Pathways Academy College of Health Professions Day.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosted high school students from Pathways Academy’s Pine Bluff and Little Rock programs for a day of hands-on learning opportunities provided by the UAMS College of Health Professions. Pathways Academy — part of UAMS’ Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — is an educational and community engagement…

March 2, 2023

Two PT Alums Achieve Rare Perfect Scores on National Exam

Ben Boulden

Shortly after graduating in 2022, Antonio Martinez, left, and Rush Hemphill achieved perfect scores on the national physical therapy examination.

Rush Hemphill and Antonio Martinez had to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination to start their careers, and in the summer of 2022, they aced it, earning perfect 800 scores. Both graduated in May with Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degrees after three years of study in the UAMS College of Health Professions Department of…

March 1, 2023

Spotlight on the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Editor Role

The faculty and staff of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies take a moment for a group photo outside on the west side of the Little Rock campus of UAMS.

By Edward Williams | Enrolling its first class of 26 students in 2015, the UAMS PA Program became the second PA program in Arkansas. The program now enrolls 40 students in each class into the 28-month program.  The program is supported by 11 core faculty and three administrative staff providing our program with a 4:1…

Vincenzo Receives $1 Million Grant for PT Research into Falls of Older Adults

David Robinson

Jennifer Vincenzo, left, and Heather Vaughn, a UAMS physical therapist, work with a patient.

Jennifer L. Vincenzo, Ph.D., MPH, PT, recently became the first University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher to receive the national Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging, which comes with $1 million over five years. The Beeson award stems from an initiative by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at…

February 27, 2023

Chambers Wins Irby Award for Early Career Faculty

Ben Boulden

Shaneika Chambers

Sometimes doing your job well and with passion makes a big difference. For Shaneika Chambers, MHA, MLS, it is also what earned her the Edith Irby Jones Award for Early Career Faculty. Chambers first worked in the UAMS clinical lab for three years. She has been an instructor since July 2021 in the Department of…

Three Programs Get New Leadership

Ben Boulden

Left to right, Natalie Benafield, Summer Khairi and Shayla Stinnett.

This fall, the College of Health Professions saw new leaders take the helms of three of its degree programs: Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences, Cytotechnology and Audiology. Summer Khairi, MBA, CNMT, succeeded Arthur Maune, M.Ed., CNMT, as program director of the Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences program, following his retirement after 20 years at UAMS. In addition…

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