College of Health Professions

May 31, 2022

Spotlight on the General Practice Dental Residency Program (GPR)

News Staff

While the majority of graduating dental students go immediately into the dental workforce through private practice, associateship, and corporate practice, a select few will further their education through dental specialties and residency programs. The UAMS General Practice Residency (GPR) is one such program, focusing on clinical comprehensive care for the medically compromised patient population.

Spotlight on the Department of Dental Hygiene

News Staff

The Department of Dental Hygiene graduated 31 students on May 21, 2022. Throughout the academic year, these students performed over 1,200 hours of community service to underserved and underreached populations through serving at volunteer events, providing health promotion and health education, dental cleanings, x-rays, fluoride, and sealants.

May 25, 2022

In-Person Hooding Ceremony Returns to College of Health Professions

Ben Boulden

After the hooding ceremony, Thi Minh Cao, a physician assistant student, speaks on behalf of the graduates.

Commencement week traditions of the UAMS College of Health Professions made a celebrated return May 20 with an informal brunch in the late morning and a hooding ceremony in the afternoon.

UAMS General Practice Residency in Dentistry Continues to Grow, Educate

Ben Boulden

Nakita Riley, D.D.S., center, treats a patient in the Oral Health Clinic. She can be seen without her mask in the portrait on the right.

Seven years after accepting its first residents, the residency program in the UAMS Center for Dental Education continues to provide one of the very few forums in Arkansas for training dentists.

May 23, 2022

UAMS Graduates 942 Health Care Professionals

Linda Haymes

Degrees and certificates were conferred to 942 graduates of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' five colleges and graduate school on May 21.

LITTLE ROCK — Degrees and certificates were conferred to 942 graduates of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school today. Degrees were awarded to 162 in the College of Medicine, 182 in the College of Nursing, 91 in the College of Pharmacy, 67 in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, 382…

May 17, 2022

UAMS Alumnus Named Clinician of the Year at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Memphis

David Wise

Kristen Holmes

Kristen J. Holmes, PT, DPT, 2018 doctoral alumnus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was named the 2021 Clinician of the Year by her peers at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Memphis. Each year, Encompass Health recognizes employees providing exemplary service and outstanding care to patients. The Clinician of the Year is…

May 16, 2022

McMillan Recognized as State’s New Dentist of the Year

Ben Boulden

Ashley McMillan, left, receives the 2022 Cynthia Caceras Baker New Dentist Award from Keith Jones, the 2021 recipient. The award is named in honor and memory of Cynthia Caceras Baker, who passed away unexpectedly while serving on the ASDA New Dentist Committee.

At an awards luncheon in April, Ashley McMillan, D.D.S., experienced a welcome surprise —receiving the Cynthia Caceres Baker New Dentist of the Year Award from the Arkansas State Dental Association.

May 13, 2022

Student Spotlight: Sydney Chastain Moves from Courtside to Bedside, Imaging Sciences

Ben Boulden

Sydney Chastain is scheduled to complete her studies in Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences in August. She also works a full schedule as a patient care technician in the UAMS Medical Center.

Whether on the basketball court as a point guard, a patient care technician in the UAMS Medical Center, or a Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences student, Sydney Chastain’s dogged determination has helped her excel. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, Sydney was never the tallest player on the court when she was on the University of…

April 29, 2022

College’s Faculty Never Stop Learning, Study for Advanced Degrees

Ben Boulden

Bridget Fitzhugh, left, Megan Lane and Cherika Robertson are among about 20 UAMS College of Health Professions faculty members who are pursuing advanced degrees.

Some faculty members in the UAMS College of Health Professions have headed back to school — a role that gives them greater insight into their own students. About 20 professors and instructors out of 81 in the college are pursuing advanced degrees in postgraduate programs or have recently completed them.

April 7, 2022

Program’s New Motion Analysis Equipment Enhances Research, Education

Ben Boulden

Nadia Marconi, left, demonstrates a motor task to a student volunteer while using the new motion-capture system.

Mobility has come to the motion capture technology that the UAMS Department of Physical Therapy uses for teaching graduate students and for research. Plans call for its use to be extended to patient care in the near future.

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