In 1879 the Arkansas Industrial University established
a medical department. This component became part of
the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in
1975. The latter incorporates 5 colleges, training physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health-related professionals,
and graduate students.
4-year semitraditional. First year: (36 weeks) Introductory basic sciences as well as opportunity for patient
contact by means of the introduction to the medical profession course. Second year: (32 weeks) Consists of the
advanced basic sciences and courses in behavioral science, physical diagnosis, and mechanism of disease.
Third year: (48 weeks) Consists of clerkship rotations
through the major clinical specialties. Fourth year:
(from 36 to 48 weeks) Open to more than 200 electives
selected with advice of a faculty advisor. Research may
be carried out as part of elective. Off-campus study
locally or elsewhere in U.S. or abroad may be selected.
Minority admissions: The college’s Office of Minority
StudentAffairs conducts programs designed to identify
and assist prospective admission candidates among
minority and disadvantaged students in the state. Other
degree programs: Dual MD-PhD and MD-MS programs available, offered in conjunction with the
Graduate School of the university. Medical Student
Research Program enables students to work in selected
areas of research. Work done under this program may
be applied toward a PhD degree.
Prerequisites include the minimum premedical science
courses plus 3 semesters of English and 2 semesters of
mathematics. Recommended courses include genetics,
embryology, genetics, quantitative analysis, statistics,
cell biology, psychology, anthropology, logic, history,
and literature. Nonresidents should have a GPA above
3.5 and an MCAT score of 9 or higher in each subtest.
Graduate students applying need an advisor’s letter
assuring graduation by August. Transfer and advanced
standing: For the third year only, with very limited
places available. Applicants are considered on a caseby-case basis and must demonstrate strong ties to the
state of Arkansas.
A letter grading system is used in basic sciences and
required clinical rotations; a Pass/Fail system is used
in electives. Subjective assessments are used by a Promotions Committee in determining a student’s
eligibility for promotion. A passing grade must be
recorded on Step 1 of the USMLE for promotion to the
Teaching: Medical Center includes a 9-story Educational Building that provides basic science facilities.
University Hospital (400 beds) is the principal site for
clinical training. This facility is augmented by the
Ambulatory Care Center and the Arkansas Cancer
Research Center. The school is affiliated with the
Arkansas Children’s Hospital and VA Hospitals in Little Rock and North Little Rock. It cooperates with other
Little Rock hospitals in its training programs. Other: T.
H. Barton Institute of Medical Research, Arkansas
State Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Arkansas Rehabilitation Institute, Biomedical Research Center, Jones
Eye Institute, and the CentralArkansas RadiationTherapy Institute. Housing: All single freshman and
sophomore students are required to live in the residence
hall unless special exemption is received. Approximately 35 one-bedroom furnished apartments are
available for married students.
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