June 17, 2020

Chesley Murphy, MD

Medical School - UAMS

I’m originally from El Dorado, AR, where I spent much of my childhood running through the woods of southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. I entered college as a physics major with the intent of becoming an astronomer, but it didn’t take long to come back to Earth and realize I needed more human interaction in my daily work. I found the nexus of science and humanism in Medicine while spending 4 great years in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas. Following graduation, I worked for a year as an in-home caregiver for Alzheimer disease patients, a humbling experience both personally and professionally. After completing a Master of Bioscience degree in Kansas City, I began medical school in Little Rock at UAMS. While there, my experience only reaffirmed my desire to pursue Family Medicine. From urban underserved medicine in LR to rural full-spectrum FM in Lake Village, I saw as much of the state and various shades of the specialty as I could. I got involved with FMIG early on in my education, which opened doors for me both locally and nationally. After seeing programs across the state and the country, I realized that everything I needed to become a quality Family Physician was right here. The resources available and opportunities to make an impact abound in Northeast Arkansas; the vision and passion of the faculty is inspiring; the camaraderie of the residents is comforting. I’m excited to learn from and serve the people of Northeast Arkansas. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my amazing wife and daughter, canoeing and fishing the rivers of Northern Arkansas, and being in the saddle of my road bike.