The internal medicine residency program at the Northwest Arkansas regional campus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received accreditation.
UAMS officials made the announcement Sept. 29. The accrediting agency is the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The first eight resident physicians will arrive in July 2016 to serve their residencies at Mercy Health System Northwest Arkansas in Rogers and at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. The postgraduate program will admit eight physicians annually for a three-year specialized residency where they will strengthen their skills caring for patients under supervision of experienced physician specialists.
UAMS Northwest vice chancellor Peter Kohler said establishing an internal medicine residency at the Fayetteville campus has been a “major goal” since the regional campus was established in 2007.
“It’s a credit to good work by so many to reach this point,” he said.
UAMS already has 30 family medicine and two psychiatry resident physicians in the region. The Fayetteville campus also has 201 students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and the allied health professions — including the first 24 students in the physical therapy program that started classes in August.