Our residency program is based at six large hospitals located in Central Arkansas, including a world class university hospital, a large, complex Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center located adjacent to the university hospital, the largest private hospitals in central Arkansas and the sixth largest children’s hospital in the U.S. The clinical rotations at these hospitals are four to eight weeks in duration.
UAMS Medical Center is a 490-bed tertiary care medical center and the flagship hospital of the residency program. The current university hospital opened in January of 2009 and includes 22 state-of-the-art operating rooms. The majority of the full-time faculty practice at UAMS and most of the resident activities are centered on this campus. This hospital serves as a state-wide referral center for trauma, transplantation, and complex oncologic and general surgical cases. At UAMS, residents gain experience in general and acute care surgery, vascular and endovascular surgery, surgical oncology, transplantation, thoracic surgery, plastic surgery and surgical critical care.
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) is a 280-bed tertiary VA medical center that is contiguous to the UAMS campus. This medical center cares 500,000 outpatient visits each year, making it one of the larger VA health care systems in the country. At CAVHS the residents are supervised by five full-time faculty surgeons and a number of surgeons who have dual appointments shared between the VA and UAMS. At the CAVHS, our residents learn to care for patients with basic and complex general, vascular and thoracic surgical diseases such as abdominal wall hernias, GI malignancies, abdominal aortic aneurysms, peripheral vascular occlusive disease, and lung cancer.
Baptist Medical Center (BMC) is a tertiary care not-for-profit, community hospital located in Little Rock that serves as a site for a fourth-year resident elective in general and thoracic surgery. The goal of this rotation is to provide our residents clinical experiences in general and thoracic surgery in an urban private practice setting. The residents are supervised by a select group of volunteer faculty individually recruited by the program director based on their established record excellence in resident education. These faculty hold teaching faculty appointments in the Surgery Residency Program and supervise all patient care provided by residents.
St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center (SVIMC) is a not-for-profit, community hospital located in Little Rock that serves as a site for a fourth-year resident elective in general and thoracic surgery. It is intended to provide our residents with clinical experiences in an urban private practice setting. The residents are supervised by volunteer clinical faculty who were recruited by the program director based on their established record excellence in resident education. These faculty hold teaching faculty appointments in the Surgery Residency Program and supervise all patient care provided by residents.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is the statewide pediatric referral center and the center for excellence in pediatric care for the state of Arkansas. This 270-bed hospital is the sixth largest childrens’ hospital in the United States. Our pediatric surgery service performs over 2400 cases per year. Our pediatric surgery residents average between 1000 and 1400 operative cases during their fellowship. Our state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit currently has 90 beds (and is expanding) and provides a good mix and volume of neonatal index cases. As the only pediatric hospital in our state (population 2.7 million), Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) serves as “the” tertiary pediatric facility in Arkansas with two full-time helicopters, a fixed-wing aircraft and several ground transport units.
Jefferson Regional Medical Center (JRMC) is a private regional hospital located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas which is 40 miles south of Little Rock. This hospital is a principal referral center for patients from rural South Arkansas. This hospital serves as a site for the fourth-year resident elective in general surgery. It is intended to provide our residents with clinical experiences in a small town private practice setting. Our residents work individually with broad-based general surgeons who care for patients with a variety of basic and complex surgical diseases from their referral base of rural communities in South Arkansas.