Medical students practicing sutures

Welcome to the UAMS Northwest College of Medicine!

As part of the state’s only academic health sciences university, we are proud to be training the next generation of physicians in a vibrant region slated to become a premiere health care destination in the Midwest.

It is an exhilarating time to be the Associate Dean of the College of Medicine at UAMS Northwest, getting to interact with multiple stakeholders coming together with shared interests. This confluence of committed groups from academia, research, business, entrepreneurship, clinical care, and industry all seeking to improve the overall health and happiness of our state’s citizens is an unparalleled opportunity.

UAMS Northwest is the second academic medical school campus in Arkansas (in addition to UAMS Little Rock) and is a community-based program. Our campus shares the same mission, vision, and core values as the UAMS College of Medicine in Little Rock.

UAMS medical students all currently complete their first two years of training in Little Rock. Upon matriculation, the select students who will train in Northwest Arkansas join the Compton Academic House. UAMS Northwest College of Medicine faculty physicians mentor these students throughout all four years of medical school. Upon completion of the first two basic science years, UAMS Northwest medical school students move to beautiful Northwest Arkansas to complete their clinical years of training with us.

In addition to our undergraduate medical education, we have a highly sought-after internal medicine residency training program, a regional family medicine residency program, and a competitive fellowship in sports medicine. Additional expansion of residency training opportunities is currently underway.

Our faculty, staff, students, and residents would tell you I have high expectations of them and that I’m passionate about teaching the art of medicine. It is tremendously gratifying to have this opportunity to lead our team to recruit and train skilled and compassionate physicians of the caliber we would all trust in caring for our loved ones.

Being of modest size, our program enables active, supportive involvement where faculty get to closely know, mentor, and grow students and residents as they discover their greatest talents and interests and go on to pursue opportunities to thrive in life.

Having grown up in the beautiful Northwest region of the United States (Washington State), I almost didn’t accept the invitation to look at Arkansas when initially recruited years ago. I’m sheepish to admit it, but I declared at the time, “why would I want to live in Arkansas!?” I’m glad I accepted the invitation to look. When I did, I discovered a well-kept secret, the Natural State. I planted my roots here long ago and never looked back. This is home!

If you ever get the opportunity, come explore our bike and hiking trails and kayak our rivers in the Natural State. I suspect you will fall in love with the area and will not want to leave. In the meantime, you can visit us virtually. Read more to see a glimmer of why U.S. News & World Report ranked us as the 5th best place to live in the United States.

Finally, I’d like to thank the multiple community partners who share our mission to provide exceptional care to our community members. Some of our valued partners include:

VA logo      HOG logo     Mercy logo      Washington Regional logo      ACH NW logo      Schmieding Developmental Center logo     Schmieding Center for Senior Health & Education logo

Community Clinic logo      Living Tree logo      Butterfield Trail Village logo

I hope to get to meet you some day, especially if you are passionate about improving the health and happiness of the citizens we serve.

Very warmly,

Linda L.M. Worley, M.D., FACLP
Associate Dean, College of Medicine, UAMS Northwest Campus
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UAMS
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health