Walmart Foundation Grant to Help Further Link UAMS Campuses

The Walmart Foundation announced Thursday it has awarded a $650,000 grant to fund distance-learning technology for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest campus in Fayetteville.

The technology will enable students at the Fayetteville satellite campus to be more closely connected to the UAMS campus in Little Rock. The grant from the Bentonville-based retailer's charitable foundation will allow for interactive video equipment and information technology resources in a computer lab and classrooms, improving the education programs at the regional campus.

"We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for this grant that will give us the technology and tools needed for students at our growing regional campus in northwest Arkansas," said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn. "UAMS Northwest is an important element in our commitment to meet the growing demand for health-care professionals in Arkansas."

There currently are 10 third- and fourth-year medical students and 21 senior pharmacy students now completing their clinical experiences at pharmacies at the Northwest campus. 

The technology is expected to be in place by July 2011. Eighteen medical students on campus then will be joined in the fall 2011 by more than 20 third-year pharmacy students. The regional campus anticipates 250-325 students and resident physicians when full enrollment is reached.