UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence, and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with more than 10,000 employees, including more than 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the VA Medical Center. UAMS draws patients from every state in the U.S. and 34 foreign countries. The campus receives more than $100 million annually in national research grants and contracts.

The future of surgical care depends on the performance of the faculty of the College of Medicine as educators.  We endeavor to provide the highest quality, comprehensive, well-organized and innovative curriculum and program for our undergraduate medical students, residents, fellows and other allied health trainees.  We promote self-directed learning as the basis for life-long continuing education.

The Department of Surgery provides graduate medical education for forty-eight trainees each year in several residency and fellowship training programs. We also have several programs for undergraduate medical students to explore surgical career options, experience collegiality and teamwork and network with future surgical mentors via participating in our novel ‘Summer in Surgery’ program for rising sophomores, specialty interest groups and the educational research working group.

Faculty and staff of the Department provide a variety of continuing education offerings for Arkansas health professionals including Grand Rounds, journal club and various outreach programs across the state of Arkansas.