Walker Foundation Gives UAMS-Northwest $1.5 Million

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Fayetteville on Tuesday received $1.5 million from the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation to fund a Student Clinical Education Center.

The 8,000-SF center, which will be on the first floor of the UAMS Fayetteville facility, will offer UAMS students a chance to learn from real and simulated patients.

The center is expected to open in early 2013 following renovations that wil add clinical training rooms, conference space, a nurses’ station, and technology and audio-visual components.

The center will include the Clinical Skills Center, where students will work with volunteers who simulate an illness. The center will also include the Student Continuity Clinic, where supervised students will follow real patients in an actual clinic setting throughout their training at UAMS.

"The Walker Foundation has shown time and again its support for UAMS and for efforts to improve health in Arkansas," UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn said. "The growing UAMS Northwest campus will play an increasingly important role in the years ahead in our ability to produce more health care professionals to meet the already high demand for care in our state."

More than 100 students attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest campus, which began welcoming students in 2009.

Officials say they expect eventual enrollment to total more than 300 medical, pharmacy, nursing and allied health professions students, along with resident physicians.