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Creating a regional campus in El Dorado will provide an influx of physicians and health care professionals to create a sustainable educational and training pipeline, and make it easier to maintain consistent levels of care.

$500,000 Gift to Support Creation of New Regional Campus in El Dorado

Nov. 12, 2020 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $500,000 gift to support the creation of a new regional campus in El Dorado. The gift will have a far-reaching impact, not only for El Dorado, but for patients in South Arkansas and across the state. The donor asked to remain anonymous. “We are...

Benefitting from specific recruitment programs, the UAMS College of Pharmacy Class of 2024, pictured here celebrating its white coat ceremony, represents the most diverse class of pharmacy students currently enrolled.

Outreach Grows Minority Student Representation in College of Pharmacy

Nov. 10, 2020 | The percentage of minority students in this fall’s incoming class at the UAMS College of Pharmacy is nearly double the percentage of the class that will graduate this coming spring. “This year, in the class of 2024, we have 19% underrepresented minority students,” said Lanita White, Pharm.D., assistant dean for student affairs. “In the class...

Dr. Hari Eswaran

UAMS to Test Telehealth to Improve Death Rate Among Rural Pregnant Women

Nov. 10, 2020 | LITTLE ROCK – Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will use a $228,000 federal grant to test telehealth as a way to improve Arkansas’ death rate among pregnant women, which ranks fifth nationally. Led by UAMS’ Hari Eswaran, Ph.D., the research team will focus on remote health monitoring of pregnant women...

Mark Koch, OTD, (center) speaks with students Awbrey Gibby and Sarah Arenas during a class in January.

Occupational Therapy Program Experiences Eventful First Year

Nov. 5, 2020 | If you had asked Sherry Muir, Ph.D., OTR/L, earlier this year what challenges she expected when the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program welcomed its first class of students, she wouldn’t have predicted a pandemic disrupting classes just weeks after they started.

Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, will continue a diabetes study using iPads to connect with study participants.

UAMS Diabetes Study Gets $400,000 to Meet COVID-19 Restrictions

Nov. 4, 2020 | LITTLE ROCK — COVID-19 hit as UAMS’ Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, and her research team were starting a major study comparing diabetes education interventions with diverse populations. The five-year, $3.73 million Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) award was to support in-person type 2 diabetes prevention education in rural UAMS Regional Campus Family Medical Centers....

Chaunacy McRae

UAMS Lung Cancer Screening Program Teams up with MammoVan

Nov. 3, 2020 | For more than 10 years, women across Arkansas have relied on the UAMS MammoVan for their annual screening mammograms. Now, as the mobile mammography unit rolls across the state, it also will offer patients in designated counties the chance to schedule another important screening — lung cancer.

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, and Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN

Two College of Nursing Faculty Become American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Nov. 2, 2020 | Sara Jones, Ph.D., APRN, and Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, both associate professors in the UAMS College of Nursing, have been inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing. Jones and Lefler are two of 230 highly distinguished national and international nursing leaders selected by the academy for its 2020 class and the only two...

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