Message from the Vice Chancellor

Thank you for visiting the UAMS Northwest Campus website. I hope within these pages you will find the information you seek.

The northwest Arkansas campus was established in 2007 to expand opportunities to train physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals in the state. Arkansas faces an increasing challenge – training sufficient numbers of health care professionals to meet the growing need. The UAMS Northwest Campus has experienced growth and expansion since it was established. In July 2009, six third year medical students and 18 fourth year pharmacy students transferred to the Northwest Campus. The campus now educates, on average, 32 third and fourth year medical students, 50 third and fourth year pharmacy students, 45 graduate nursing students, and 25 students in the allied health professions. Beginning in fall 2015, the new Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program will have its first class of 24 students. By year three, there will be 72 Physical Therapy students enrolled. This is the first stand-alone program on the Northwest Campus. Another program being developed in collaboration with several area hospitals is a physician residency program in Internal Medicine. Eight Internal Medicine residents are expected to begin this three-year program in fall 2016, and by year three will add 24 residents to approximately 30 who are already on campus for their residency in Family Medicine. Another new program is the Sports Medicine Fellowship for Family Medicine physicians, which added two additional training positions in July 2015.

The Department of Community Health and Research, supported largely by grants from the CDC and PCORI, is working to develop a Center for Pacific Islander Health on the Northwest Campus. Its goal will be to reduce health disparities in underserved populations of Northwest Arkansas. A component of this outreach includes a student clinic which incorporates interprofessional teams of students and is attended by a team of interprofessional faculty.

The campus is conveniently located in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas, one mile from the flagship University of Arkansas campus. This is a vibrant region in Arkansas and offers something for everyone: a trail system that runs throughout the region; live music and entertainment at several venues; off-Broadway theater productions; canoeing and rafting on local rivers and water sports at Beaver Lake; and Crystal Bridges, a world-renowned museum of American art. And, if you are a Razorback fan, it is the very best place to call the Hogs!

I encourage you to not only learn more about our campus through this website, but to also explore this link to the main UAMS campus in Little Rock:

If I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me at
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Peter O. Kohler, M.D.
Vice Chancellor, UAMS Northwest Campus