Third Year

Faculty member instructs a student on suturingUAMS Northwest Regional Campus trains between 14 and 18 students for their junior year. Students are divided into two semester groups. One group receives training in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Surgical Subspecialties, Neurology and Ophthalmology while the other group trains in Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry. Family Medicine training is provided throughout the entire year through ½ day clinics. Rotations occur at area hospitals and clinics (Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, Washington Regional Medical Center, Mercy Health-Rogers, and Northwest Health systems).  Classroom based lectures and presentations, as well as the student-led Inter-professional Education clinic, occur on the UAMS Northwest campus. In addition to locally provided education, the NW campus maintains a robust interactive video network (IVN) to connect to the Little Rock campus for various student and professional education.

Regardless of campus or method of delivery (block vs. longitudinal), the curriculum for all third-year students is the same (same goals and objectives, course requirements, evaluation forms, grading structure, etc.). As stated, the NW campus provides training in a longitudinal integrated curriculum (LIC) model. The theory behind an LIC is that such training of subjects together allows a student to integrate principles from one subject into the others.

Fourth Year

Students being instructed in scrub techniquesUAMS Northwest campus students complete the M4 year in the same manner as their counterparts from the Little Rock campus. A minimum number of credits, along with several required rotations, must be achieved for graduation. Community rotations are provided in Northwest Arkansas to achieve all the graduation requirements. However, due to career choices and other considerations, many students from either campus complete rotations on the Little Rock campus, around the state, or even out of state during the M4 year.