UAMS West Junior Clerkship Opportunities

UAMS West was established in 1974 and the Family Practice Residency Program was started in 1975. Since its inception, UAMS West has maintained a high quality accredited medical education program. One hundred and fifty of our Resident graduates practice in Arkansas, and ninety-nine practice in western Arkansas. UAMS West serves a thirteen county area that extends south to Polk and Montgomery Counties, north to Johnson and Franklin Counties, east to Faulkner County and west to the Arkansas/Oklahoma border. UAMS draws patients from both western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Baptist Fort Smith is UAMS West’s affiliated teaching hospital.

UAMS West offers training in primary care to sophomore medical students through summer preceptorships with area hospitals and physicians. Multiple selective and elective rotations are available to senior medical students in family practice, internal medicine, surgery, radiology, emergency medicine, etc. Nursing, pharmacy, and social work students rotate through in clinical programs under the direction of UAMS West faculty as well. A very busy and extremely stimulating Family Practice Residency Program is the focal point for clinical and educational programs. Starting academic year 2014, we began accepting our first Physician Assistant students for clinical rotations.

Medical education opportunities are available to physicians, student allied health care professionals, and the public. The UAMS West library, located in Baptist Fort Smith, is supported by UAMS West, and the Sebastian County Medical Society. The library offers an extensive collection of textbooks, periodicals, journals, and reference materials. The library has bibliographic access to a variety of databases; including those from the National Library of Medicine, as well as a full complement of the UAMS online library resources.

Western Arkansas has a need for more family medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other health care providers. In addition, demand for primary care is increasing as a result of the state’s growing population, the aging of our population, and an increase in prevalence of chronic illnesses.

To address these needs, UAMS West constructed in 2016/2017 a new 30,000 sq. ft. clinic. This new facility will allow us to accommodate an increased number of health care profession trainees, effectively service the acute, chronic and preventative needs of our patients, and train our residents and students in patient-centered, team-oriented, cost-effective care.

Fort Smith, population 88,184, and its sister city, Van Buren, population 33,081, are located in west central Arkansas in the Arkansas River Valley between the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains. Fort Smith is the epicenter for a large industrial and commercial trade area, which includes major medical establishments. Cultural activities include the Fort Smith Symphony, Little Theatre, Fort Smith Chorale, the Regional Art Museum (RAM), numerous churches, etc. Recreational activities are abundant by virtue of our location in the Arkansas River Valley with nearby mountains, rivers, and lakes. Local facilities include several parks, golf courses, and fitness centers, including a Fitness Center at Baptist Fort Smith, where residents and students are provided free membership while participating in UAMS West Regional programs.