Baptist Health, UAMS Team Up on Medical Education

Baptist Health, UAMS Team Up on Medical Education

Mindful of the national shortage of primary care physicians and expanding health care needs in Arkansas, the Baptist Health System and UAMS partnered to create the Baptist Health-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Education Program.

The residents are part of patient care teams with experienced faculty, nursing staff and ancillary providers. The program fosters a resident’s proficiency and independence in clinical practice, teaching skills and procedural skills. The system provides appropriate supervision to support resident growth while ensuring patient care quality and safety.

Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock (BHMC-NLR) was chosen as the primary site as it serves a population of more than 250,000, with close to 17% over the age of 65. The BHMC-NLR hospital has 225 licensed beds on the North Little Rock campus.

UAMS features the state’s only academic health sciences center. The UAMS Medical Center is a 434-bed hospital that includes 330 adult beds, 30 adult psychiatric beds, 10 pediatric psychiatric beds and 64 bassinets. It is home to a Level I Trauma Center, clinical lab and a comprehensive outpatient center.

As the state’s most comprehensive health care system, the Baptist Health System has clinical resources including a bariatric care center, wound care service, heart institute, transplant institute, women’s center, orthopedic center, a health management center, a free physician referral and health information service, a stroke program, a breast center, an eye center, sleep disorder center, an alcohol and drug abuse treatment program, a pain management program, a diabetes management program, a home infusion program and 21 outpatient therapy centers throughout Central Arkansas.

BHMC-NLR has the full-service complement for training residents in inpatient, outpatient and subspecialty clinical settings. Residents are exposed to a variety of adult medicine diagnoses, medical conditions and patient populations.