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October 28, 2020

Student Leaders Recruit Colleagues to Sign Diversity Pledge

Spencer Watson

Students from the colleges of Public Health and Health Professions sign the diversity pledge banner, while faculty and staff greet them and help disinfect pens and markers.

Three students simultaneously crouched over a vinyl banner signing their names with Sharpie markers: a Black female, an Asian female and a white male. It was a moment encapsulating the pledge on the banner itself, a resolve to create a community in which “each person’s unique voice is heard and can contribute to the overall…


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…


August 13, 2020

White Coats Symbolize Hope as Med School Freshmen Start Journey

Amy Widner

Professor in foreground while student dons white coat on screen behind

The physician’s white coat still inspires hope, even when it’s seen over a screen or during a pandemic – maybe even especially so. Some symbols transcend all else. Charles Matthew Quick, M.D., the keynote speaker for the 2020 College of Medicine White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 7, kept bringing it back to hope as he…


July 30, 2020

Student Town Hall Addresses Diversity in UAMS College of Medicine

Spencer Watson

Natasha Thompson, a medical student and president of the UAMS Dr. Edith Irby Jones chapter of the Student National Medical Association, speaks at White Coats for Black Lives on June 11. Thompson helped organize a student town hall on diversity for the College of Medicine on July 7.

Administrators for UAMS and the College of Medicine met with minority medical students July 7 in a town hall to discuss steps the university can take to reinforce a diverse atmosphere within the college and throughout the institution.


July 27, 2020

UAMS-HBCUs Partner to Increase Minorities in Health Care, Address Health Disparities, Physician Shortages

Amy Widner

Combined photo of people in story

UAPB alumna Amanda Winston just took the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) this summer, taking a definitive step toward a career goal she has had in mind since she was a kid in Pine Bluff: becoming a doctor. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in medicine,” said Winston, who just…


June 9, 2020

Project SEARCH Interns Redirect Efforts During Pandemic

Amy Widner

Group photo of Project SEARCH interns

Every time there’s been a fly-over to show appreciation for the health care workers at UAMS, the interns of Project SEARCH have stepped outside and turned their eyes skyward in solidarity with their former coworkers. “We’re proud of them, for what all they’ve done, because we know it’s hard,” said Heather Keister, whose last internship…


May 22, 2020

Grad School Celebrates Graduates Joining Careers of Lifelong Learning

Amy Widner

Screen shot of Dr. McGehee at virtual hooding

College deans and faculty always go the extra mile to help their students, and this year for UAMS Graduate School Dean Robert E. McGehee Jr., Ph.D., that was literal. Usually “the extra mile” involves writing a last-minute recommendation or providing a glowing reference. This year, McGehee put in the miles by driving around Central Arkansas,…


May 12, 2020

Arkansas INBRE Receives 5-Year Funding of $18.4 Million to Promote Biomedical Research Across Arkansas

Amy Widner

Group portrait of INBRE students

Arkansas INBRE, which promotes biomedical research with programs for undergraduate students and faculty statewide, has seen its federal funding renewed for $18.4 million over the next five years. While the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the lead institution, INBRE grants and programs have impacted nearly all colleges and universities in the state…


April 16, 2020

New Repository Helps Faculty Stay on Tenure Track During COVID-19

Amy Widner

Carol Thrush, Ed.D. with research poster

Before Arkansas had its first COVID-19 case, the reality of the impending pandemic was already setting in for UAMS faculty as cancellations for scientific conferences worldwide were announced one after another like falling dominos. For scientists and academics, presenting to their peers at conferences is one of the main ways other than publications that they…



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