July 6, 2021

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Hosts First Summer Research Intensive for Medical Students

Marty Trieschmann

The NIH-funded Partners in Cancer Research Program is underway at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Second-year medical students learning clinical and in-depth cancer research this summer include (l to r) Nadia Safar, Anna Bragg, Pamela Rosales, Payton Smith, Carl Ramponi, Faizan Cheema, Tom Kelly, M.D. (associate director of Cancer Research and Training), Angel Castro, Robert Kiss, Delanie Mack, Sangeetha Sonney and Claire Keisling. Matthew Newman is not pictured.

New discoveries in cancer treatment might come from 24-year-old Nadia Safar, one of 12 UAMS medical students participating in the state’s first and only undergraduate cancer research program at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.  

June 7, 2021

Two UAMS Doctoral Nursing Students Named Jonas Scholars

Spencer Watson

Vivian White and Rachel Pascoe

LITTLE ROCK — Two students in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Nursing have been awarded grants totaling $30,000 from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education.

March 10, 2021

Virtual Recruitment Shows Students Pathways, Possibilities in Health Care

Spencer Watson

Kevin Phelan, Ph.D., demonstrates ultrasound scanning for high school students learning about health care careers during the virtual Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program.

Over 50 high school students from across Arkansas spent a recent Saturday morning listening to UAMS students talk about preparing for careers in health care. “Since we knew that our audience was high school students who were willing to wake up early on a Saturday to attend a virtual program, we knew they probably had…

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…

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