Fast Facts

UAMS Medical Center The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of post-secondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.


UAMS Mission

To improve the health and health care of Arkansans

UAMS Mission Statement

The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by:

  • Educating current and future health professionals and the public
  • Providing high-quality, innovative, patient- and family – centered health care and specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings
  • Advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity

Vision 2020

UAMS, with its intersection of education, research and clinical programs, brings a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in Arkansas. Among its assets for leadership are its status as the only academic health center in the state, its statewide network of centers for public education and clinical outreach, its emphasis on population health, and its leadership in health informatics and statewide information technology. In addition, UAMS has a unique capacity for translational research – speeding the rate at which research can inform clinical care and health improvement.


  • 3,021 students
  • 789 residents
  • 2 dental residents
  • College of Nursing – 781 students*
  • College of Medicine – 694 students*
  • College of Health Professions – 662 students*
  • College of Pharmacy – 475 students*
  • College of Public Health – 180 students*
  • Graduate School – 229 students*
  • 1,429 faculty members

* September, 2015

  • The Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics educational program ranked in the U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top 10 postdoctoral education programs in the U.S. for seven consecutive years
  • Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Pharmaceutical Sciences program 5th in nation
  • UAMS Northwest campus total enrollment 158
    • College of Medicine – 33
    • College of Pharmacy – 51
    • College of Nursing – 48
    • College of Health Professions – 26
    • Number of Residents – 32 (not included in total enrollment)
  • Family Medical Centers at six Regional Centers – 180,022 outpatient visits in 2015 FY
  • Hospital capacity – 450 adult beds including adult beds, newborn bassinets and psychiatry beds
  • Only adult Level One Trauma Center in Arkansas


  • Total research funding near $88 million across UAMS and UAMS researchers working in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • Ranking in top 18% of all U.S. Colleges & Universities in research funding from federal government
  • Total National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding – $34.5 million
  • More than 500,000 sq. ft. devoted to research on UAMS campus
  • The UAMS BioVentures business incubator has created 46 companies since its beginning, currently 19 of these companies produce annual payroll of $26.5 million.
  • Contributing to expand scientific knowledge: 1099 articles in scientific journals included UAMS-affiliated authors in 2012-2013; a 65% increase from 2003 to 2013.
  • Home to Arkansas Biosciences Institute – A research consortium of Arkansas institutions using funds from the state’s tobacco settlement on work to reduce or prevent smoking-related illness
  • World leader in multiple myeloma research and treatment
  • Cancer Institute – two new research floor opened in 2012 with 33,660 sq. ft.
  • Translational Research Institute – Funded by $19.9 million award in 2009 from NIH to support research that will improve health and health care
  • UAMS is an active participant in the Arkansas Research Alliance
  • Fully operational Research Data Warehouse that facilitates clinical and translational research and houses data on more than 1 million unique patients
  • J. Thomas May Center for ALS Research – only research for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Arkansas

Statewide Reach

  • Eight Regional Centers and a comprehensive Rural Hospital Program
  • 11 KIDS FIRST Program Sites
  • Regional campus in Northwest Arkansas
    • UAMS students participate in delivering care to residents in the Arkansas State Veterans Home
    • Has education programs for the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Professions
    • Physical therapy clinic opened in 2014
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy program begins in 2015
    • Expanded access to medical and mental health care with new psychiatric medical residencies
  • 35 Pediatric Subspecialty Clinics
  • Head Start – 14 sites in Pulaski County serve 840 children ages 3-5, and three sites serve 88 infants and toddlers
  • Poison Control Hotline – 40,000 calls/year
  • Eight Centers on Aging, supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
  • Center for Distance Health Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment Network – connecting more than 40 rural Arkansas hospitals with stroke neurologists
  • Center for Distance Health ANGELS high-risk pregnancy consultation, diagnosis through real-time telemedicine with 36 sites across Arkansas
  • Evidence-Based Prescription Drug Program (College of Pharmacy) saved state $70M since inception in 2005
  • Arkansas e-Link – linking health, education, research and public safety by connecting 454 sites across the state to a 5,600-mile highspeed optical network making Arkansas one of the most well-connected states in the country
  • Eight Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program sites across the state
  • The Psychiatric Research Institute’s, Psych TLC program, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, provides Arkansas’ primary care physicians with access to child and adolescent mental health expertise.


  • Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
  • Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute
  • Myeloma Institute
  • Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging
  • Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute
  • Psychiatric Research Institute
  • Translational Research Institute


  • More than 1,400 volunteers donate their time,energies, and talents each year at UAMS
  • More than 400 business and community leaders serve on 20 distinct UAMS-affiliated Advisory Boards
  • Contributions from donors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 15 other countries
  • The University of Arkansas Foundation has earned a top 5 percentile ranking among more than 50 of the nation’s largest university endowments in terms of the trailing five-year
    investment performance
  • More than 9,000 donors made charitable gifts last year totaling $44 million, compared to $18.5 million raised in 2011
  • Contributions fueled, in large part, a 55 percent increase of building space in the last nine years to revreach 4.23 millions square feet
  • During FY 15, UAMS’ s cost to raise a dollar was 13 cents – a fraction of the 31 cent peer average according to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)
  • Private philanthropy essential for critical growth and support of:
    • Cutting-edge research
    • Patient-centered programs
    • Faculty support
    • Student scholarships
    • Statewide programs and outreach
    • New and enhanced facilities
    • State-of-the-art equipment

Economic Impact*

  • $ 3.92 billion/year economic impact – UAMS and affiliatesArkansas Children’s Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
  • The eight regional centers (formerly AHECs) generate 657 jobs and $87 million annually in economic impact across the state.
  • UAMS BioVentures business incubator – 46 companies started, current annual payroll of $ 26.5 million
  • 806 graduates in 2009; projected economic productivity calculated at $ 31.4 million annual


* Battelle Memorial Institute, December 2010

Updated November 2015