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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Medical School

Mailing Address
4301 W Markham Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
Phone
(501) 686-8000
Email address
Comments@UAMS.edu
School Information
"The College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has held a unique, vital role in Arkansas for more than 135 years. As a major part of the state’s only medical sciences university, we train the majority of Arkansas’ physicians. Our outstanding faculty members are on staff at UAMS Medical Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, UAMS regional centers and numerous other clinics and facilities providing services throughout the state of Arkansas and for patients from around the world." The college enrolls approximately 700 medical students. (Source: https://medicine.uams.edu/about/) (Source: https://medicine.uams.edu/about/fast-facts/)
General Information
The school has a Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which provides resources. The school has a "Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity" or SEED program, which is used to "create a more equitable environment for all. A SEED cohort seeks to improve UAMS to make it fair and equitable." School officials, including the executive director for the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, organized a "White Coats for Black Lives" event.

Actions Taken

Resources
  • The school has a Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, whose aim is to "intentionally advance and leverage diversity, equity, and inclusion to drive UAMS’ mission and the 2029 Strategic Plan to improve the health, health care and wellbeing of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and world."
  • The school has a "Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity" or SEED program, which is used to "create a more equitable environment for all. A SEED cohort seeks to improve UAMS to make it fair and equitable."
  • The school's Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has a guide on "Effective Faculty Hiring Practices." The concepts that "underlie the development of this guide" include "Equity" and "Cultural Competency."
  • School officials, including the executive director for the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, organized a "White Coats for Black Lives" event.
  • Members of the UAMS community "gathered in front of UAMS Medical Center to oppose disparities and structural racism in health care that adversely affect Black communities and to hear about efforts by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to provide equitable care for everyone."
  • The UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion "hosted a series of online safe spaces the week of June 8 for students and employees to discuss current events." The school said, "The sessions were designed as an open, online safe space for employees and students to discuss current events and to promote healing conversations about race and race relations moderated by DDEI staff."
Symbolic Actions
  • The Center for Diversity Affairs was "reorganized into the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" in 2020.
Last updated November 20th, 2022
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