Vision, Mission & Core Values

Vision 2020

University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesUAMS, 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.

By the year 2020 UAMS will:

  • Create an integrated, patient- and family-centered health care environment that effectively and efficiently produces better health outcomes, enhances the patient and family experience, and fosters clinical program growth at UAMS;
  • Educate culturally competent health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities to practice collaborative care and adapt to changes in the health care field;
  • Continue to develop and expand nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary research programs aligned with health needs in the state and nation;
  • Develop research, educational and technical assistance expertise in population-health strategies to promote prevention efforts for high-priority health issues and to improve the health of Arkansans;
  • Support the talent-rich environment at UAMS through employee support programs, enhanced organizational communication and employee development.
  • Implement strategies to increase efficiency and effectiveness in core processes to reduce cost and enhance revenue generation.

See the complete UAMS Strategic Plan – 2020 Vision


UAMS Mission

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 also providing specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings; and
  • Advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements.

Core Values

Integrity – We foster, encourage and expect honesty, accountability and transparency in pursuit of the highest ethical and professional standards in all that we do. We take responsibility for our performance, and will engage employees, patients and families, learners and stakeholders in our critical decisions that are timely, complete and accurate.

Respect – We embrace a culture of professionalism with respect for the dignity of all persons.

Diversity and Health Equity – We are committed to the importance of the diversity of UAMS leadership, faculty, staff and learners in order to enhance the education of our learners, reduce health disparities in our state, and honor the unique contributions provided by a diversity of values, beliefs, and cultures.

Teamwork – We seek to create interdisciplinary and inter-professional, synergistic and collegial relationships characterized by honesty, collaboration, inclusiveness and flexibility.

Creativity – We encourage and support innovation, imagination, ingenuity, resourcefulness and vision.

Excellence – We strive to achieve, through continuous improvement, adherence to institutional policies and best practices, and collaboration with colleagues, patients, and families, the highest quality and standards in all our endeavors.

Safety – We commit to protect the health and safety of all who we serve through our mission: our patients, our learners, our colleagues and our neighbors in the community, state, nation and in the world. By sustaining a culture of safety, our daily work and our strategic planning promote better health care outcomes, the creation of health equity for all and a sense of joy in our work.