April 20, 2016 | Thirteen UAMS medical students met with Pope Moseley, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine, on April 6 at Trio’s Restaurant to discuss the importance of family medicine to UAMS and to the state of Arkansas.
Moseley emphasized to the students that there is a severe shortage of primary care providers in Arkansas and that family medicine physicians are well positioned to lead health care teams during the ongoing transition to new, more efficient health care delivery. This was the third consecutive year for this event, which began as one of several activities at UAMS to encourage more physicians to choose careers in family medicine. A grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration supported these efforts.
Nationally, UAMS ranks near the top in percentage of graduates who choose a career in family medicine. This year, 33 of about 157 UAMS College of Medicine graduating seniors chose family medicine for their residencies, up from 30 last year.
Other faculty who attended were Daniel Knight, M.D., chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine; Jack Sublett, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine; Charles W. Smith, M.D., professor and director of the UAMS Primary Care Service Line; Mark Jansen, M.D., associate professor of family medicine; Arlo Kahn, M.D., professor of family medicine; and Richard Wheeler, M.D., executive associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Medicine.