Comprehensive Training at Three Major Hospitals

Residents gain educational and clinical experience in a number of locations, thanks to sites affiliated with the UAMS College of Medicine and the UAMS Medical Center. As a resident, you’ll treat patients at UAMS Health, a Level I adult trauma center at the state’s only health sciences university, as well as our affiliate hospitals, including Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital (Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System) located in Little Rock. First year residents will also have a two-month rotation in general surgery at CHI St. Vincent and a one-month rotation in the Emergency Department at Baptist Health.



The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the only academic health sciences university and the only adult Level One Trauma Center in the state of Arkansas. We are the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS offers 73 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through our Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Public Health and graduate school. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and our regional campus in northwest Arkansas. The hospital capacity is 450 beds, including 346 adult beds, 64 newborn bassinets and 40 psychiatry beds.

The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by educating current and future health professionals and the public, providing high-quality, innovative, patient- and family–centered health care and specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings, and advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements.

UAMS Orthopaedic Clinics

Providing subspecialty orthopaedic care unlike anywhere else in the state, patients benefit from compassionate, multidisciplinary medical and surgical teams including orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, occupational and physical therapists, orthotists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses.  These specialists see patients at the following outpatient clinics locations that are easy to access.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Children are at the center of everything we do. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is part of the only hospital system in the state solely dedicated to caring for children, which allows the organization to uniquely shape the landscape of pediatric care in Arkansas.

As Champions for Children, Arkansas Children’s Hospital has joined the elite 6 percent of hospitals in the world that have Magnet Status. Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the most prestigious distinction a healthcare organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Arkansas Children’s is driven by four core values: safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence. These values inform every decision and every action, from the aggressive pursuit of zero hospital infections to treating each family with dignity, kindness and concern. These core values fundamentally guide our work at Arkansas Children’s.

For more than a century, Arkansas Children’s has continuously evolved to meet the unique needs of the children of Arkansas and beyond. Today, Arkansas Children’s is more than just a hospital treating sick kids – our services include two hospitals, a pediatric research institute, a foundation, clinics, education and outreach, all with an unyielding commitment to making children better today and healthier tomorrow.

Arkansas Children’s reaches more children in more ways where they live, learn and play.

The ACH system includes a 336-bed hospital in Little Rock with the state’s only pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, burn center, Level 4 neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care, and research institute as well as a nationally-recognized transport service. They are nationally ranked by U.S. News World & Report in four specialties (2017-18): Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery, ranked No. 37; Neonatology, No. 38; Pediatric Pulmonology, ranked No. 47; and Pediatric Urology, ranked No. 48. A sister campus, Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale features 233,613 square feet of inpatient beds, emergency care, clinic rooms, and diagnostic services to children in that corner of the state.

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), a flagship Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare provider, is one of the largest and busiest VA medical centers in the country. Its two hospitals, located in Little Rock and North Little Rock, anchor a broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, ranging from disease prevention through primary care, to complex surgical procedures, to extended rehabilitative care. This System serves as a teaching facility for more than 1,500 students and residents enrolled in more than 65 educational programs; its principal affiliate is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

CAVHS is reaching out to veterans through its community-based outpatient clinics in Mountain Home, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Mena, Pine Bluff, Searcy, Conway, Russellville, its Home Health Care Service Center in Hot Springs, and a VA Drop-In Day Treatment Center for homeless veterans in downtown Little Rock. Throughout its rich 90 year history, CAVHS has been widely recognized for excellence in education, research, and emergency prepardedness, and -first and foremost -for a tradition of quality and caring for Arkansas veterans.

Training in these diverse environments will introduce you to the principles of sound orthopaedic science and provide you with a broad range of clinical experiences—in the operating room, emergency department, and many different outpatient settings.