Why UAMS Orthopaedics is the Best Program for You

  • Mentorship and guidance from world-class faculty members who are recognized leaders in their fields.
  • A commitment to diversity in gender, race and educational backgrounds.
  • Culture of camaraderie: Residents work together and want each other to succeed.
  • All rotations are within Little Rock, offering diverse training at three major affiliated teaching hospitals located within a two-mile radius of one another.
  • Nationally recognized as the #1 hospital in Arkansas and high performing in both hip and knee replacements by the U.S. News & World Report for the past 3 consecutive years.
  • 100% first-time pass rate on ABOS Part-1 Board exam over the last 10+ years.
  • Research mentors help guide you during your comprehensive research project: Whether clinical or laboratory-based, completed projects are often of such quality that they are presented at regional and national conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Residents enjoy spending time with each other — not just at work but outside of work, including retreats, golf tournaments, rafting, get togethers, paddleboard yoga and more.
  • The Orthopaedic Alumni Resident Fund, dedicated exclusively for resident education, provides support for textbooks, surgical loupes, educational course tuition, and other items related to the training of our current and future orthopaedic residents.
  • Friendships that last a lifetime.

“I chose UAMS because I knew I would experience excellent training in an environment that would push me to be my best. My training thus far has been just as challenging, rewarding, and engaging as I could have hoped.  I’ve also made great friends in this program that I will keep for the rest of my career and life.” Kasa Cooper, M.D. – Chief Resident


“UAMS was my top choice for residency for two main reasons. First, I wanted to come to a place that does it all. We have attendings in every single orthopedic subspecialty, and never have to drive more than 25-30 away for clinic or the OR. Second, I wanted to come to a program that felt like a family. I have absolutely found that to be the the case at UAMS.” – Meg Cornaghie, M.D., Class of 2024