Why Choose Us
When you consider which Family Medicine residency to apply to, you have many choices.
So why choose the Little Rock Family Medicine residency program?
Here are several good reasons, in no particular order.
(There are many hyperlinks below that you can click on for additional information. Note the Facebook link at the bottom of this page. You can enjoy a more informal look at our program through Facebook.)
- Superior training sites: Excellent rotations at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Hospital, and Baptist Medical Center.
- Superior teaching: Outstanding learning opportunities offered by departmental faculty, by expert specialists on all of our rotations, and through training sessions that you will find only at a university-based program in the population center of the state. “If you want an education, go where the educators are!” We even have a full-time educator and a behavioral scientist on the Family Medicine faculty, not to mention our department’s divisions of Community Research and CME.
- Procedures: A Family Medicine dermatology procedures clinic that is led by Mark Jansen MD. Dr. Jansen will also train you to perform screening colonoscopies.
- Sports medicine: Extensive musculoskeletal/sports medicine training by Michael Cassat MD and Shashank Kraleti MD.
- Innovative training: Constant refinement and improvement of our rotations — including a longitudinal pediatrics rotation, a customizable flex month with excellent procedures training, and more. Innovative learning opportunities such as the DVICE (Digital Video Interpretation of Clinical Encounters) sessions with Chris Rule LCSW, our behavioral scientist. At least five times during your program, your clinical encounters are recorded. Mr. Rule will review the recordings with you, help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and document your performance in your file.
- PCMH focus: First-rate training in our Family Medical Center, which is NCQA-recognized as a Level 3 (the highest level) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). We were the first clinic in Arkansas to receive this distinction.
- Electives: A variety of established electives, along with the potential to develop electives to reflect your own interests.
- Research: Unique opportunities in teaching, research, and publication, including the option of a research elective based in our own department’s Community Research division. Check out our presentations and publications.
- Cultural competence and underserved populations: Specialized training in cultural competence and serving underserved populations. We also have a curriculum in LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) issues. Unique field trip opportunities, including to Arkansas CARES (Center for Addictions, Research, Education, and Services), Circle of Friends Health Clinic and the Westside Free Clinic (both for Hispanic patients), Harmony Health Clinic (for low-income patients), the Mexican Consulate, the Minority Health Commission, and many more, with an emphasis on organizations that offer care to underserved populations.
- Superior test scores: Excellent outcomes, as witnessed by our residents’ exam scores. In 2014 and 2015, one of our residents scored in the top 1% in the nation on the in-training exam. Since 2010, 96% of our new graduates have passed their board exams on the first try. You can see board pass rates for all FM programs at https://www.theabfm.org/cert/performance.aspx (When you get to the webpage, scroll down to Residency Performance Report.)
- Recognized excellence: We received a commendation for ongoing excellence from the ACGME in 2015.
- Superior noon conferences: Outstanding noon conferences three times per week, with speakers from our department, our campus, and even from around the U.S. The topics cover the span of medical knowledge essential for Family Medicine practitioners, including. Residents are encouraged to request topics and to recommend any excellent speakers they have met on their rotations. We also analyze in-training exam results to identify any areas of weakness. Then we schedule speakers to address those specific areas in subsequent noon conferences. In our university setting, there’s no problem in finding an expert on every issue imaginable.
- EMR: Extensive experience in medical informatics and the use of the Electronic Medical Record. UAMS is frequently included on the list of “100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems” for its use of technology. We use EPIC on our campus, and you learn other EMRs on your rotations.
- Our residents: We receive more than 2,000 applications each year from doctors who are eager to join our program. This means that the 18 residents in our program have demonstrated true excellence in order to stand out from the crowd.
- Standardized patients: More innovative learning opportunities with standardized patients in the UAMS Center for Clinical Skills. You need to improve your skills on performing pelvic exams? At our program, you can practice on standardized patients who are trained to give you feedback.
- Location, location, location: Little Rock is the capital city — the seat of government — and the center of excitement. Our residents even get to make television appearances on occasion. (How cool is that?) In 2013, Kiplinger named Little Rock as #1 on the list of 10 Great Places to Live. Whether you’re learning or relaxing, Little Rock is the place to be.
- Excellent work environment: For two consecutive years, UAMS was named as the “Best Place to Work” on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s “Best of the Best” list.
- Diversity: Our residents and faculty (and patients!) come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. As of September 2016, for example, 61% of our residents are from the U.S. (including Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, and Oklahoma). Residents from India and Nigeria make up the other 39%. People often talk about diversity — but we live it!
- Awesomeness: UAMS is awesome!
- More awesomeness: Did we mention that UAMS is awesome?!?