College of Medicine


September 18, 2020

Jonesboro Resident Lillie Pitts Receives Scholarship to Pursue Primary Care in Rural Arkansas

Benjamin Waldrum

Pitts graduated from Jonesboro High School and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Much of her family lives in Arkansas, where she grew up in Jonesboro and spent summers in Batesville and Cave City. She intends to pursue a career in internal medicine in Jonesboro or elsewhere in northern Arkansas.

Lillie Pitts of Jonesboro, a junior medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has 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. Pitts graduated from Jonesboro High School and received her undergraduate degree from…


Texarkana Resident Kristen Rice Receives Scholarship to Pursue Primary Care in Rural Arkansas

Benjamin Waldrum

Rice graduated from Genoa Central High School and received her undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the only living college graduate in her immediate family. She intends to pursue a career in general pediatrics in southwest Arkansas.

Kristen Rice of Texarkana, a junior medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has 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. Rice graduated from Genoa Central High School and received her undergraduate degree…


Greenwood Resident Riley George Receives Scholarship to Pursue Primary Care in Rural Arkansas

Benjamin Waldrum

George graduated from Greenwood High School and received his undergraduate degree from Harding University in Searcy. He intends to practice family medicine, preferably near his family in Greenwood and Searcy.

Riley George of Greenwood, a senior medical student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has 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. George graduated from Greenwood High School and received his undergraduate degree from…


September 17, 2020

UAMS Researcher Strengthens Evidence for Connection Between COVID-19 and Pancreatitis

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Inamdar

Patients with COVID-19 were at risk of developing pancreatitis in a study conducted by a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher using data from a large New York health system. The findings support the idea that pancreatitis should be included in the list of gastrointestinal symptoms of COVID-19, something that has been discussed…


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…


September 14, 2020

UAMS Unveils Drs. Paulette and Jay Mehta Award in Creative Writing

Yavonda Chase

Jawahar “Jay” Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., and Paulette Mehta, M.D., M.P.H., have created the Drs. Paulette and Jay Mehta Award in Creative Writing to encourage creative expression at UAMS.

A belief in creative expression and a desire to encourage it amongst their colleagues is the reason the Mehtas donated $50,000 to UAMS to create the Drs. Paulette and Jay Mehta Award in Creative Writing.


Lactation Consultants Help Set Up Mom, Baby for Success

Amy Widner

Nurses in hall

Having a baby is one of those life markers a mom typically reflects on fondly, though some women experience nine months of discomfort and a difficult labor and recovery. Then there’s breastfeeding, which for some moms has its own set of trials, starting with the baby not latching correctly, cracked nipples or insufficient milk production….


September 10, 2020

Heart Researchers Uncover Simple Tool to Quickly Diagnose Normal vs. Abnormal Rapid Heartbeat

Amy Widner

Dr. Paydak and Dr. Kovelamudi outdoors

A team of heart researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has determined a new way to diagnose a dangerous heart rhythm issue using easily understandable graphs. Their findings were published as a case study in JAMA Internal Medicine, and they are working on follow-up research to further explore their findings. The…


September 9, 2020

SUPER Project Introduces Undergrads to Community-Based Research, Health Disparities

Amy Widner

Group shot of students with masks

Nine undergraduate students attended the SUPER Project Summer Institute in community-based research and health disparities in early August to prepare for health careers where they hope to make a difference in underserved communities. This allows them to conduct research with the guidance of mentors at their home institution and at UAMS as part of SUPER…


September 4, 2020

COVID-19 Course for Medical Students Published for International Audience

Amy Widner

Zoom shot of researchers and teachers

Imagine teaching a class while using a new technology and the details of the lesson keep changing right up until the last second – all while student and teacher alike are experiencing massive disruptions in their personal lives. The professors at UAMS tasked with teaching the online COVID-19 course for the year three and year…



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