Emergency Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is a full academic department within the College of Medicine. The fully accredited residency program was established in 1984 and it is fully staffed by board certified/board eligible emergency medicine faculty. Residents train in the UAMS Medical Center Emergency Department, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, and the Baptist Medical Center.

UAMS_locationThe UAMS Medical Center Emergency Department is a state of the art facility that handles more than 60,000 visits per year with a 30% admission rate. It houses 3 state-of-the-art resuscitation bays, 27 beds for major and minor medicine/trauma, 4 psychiatric evaluation rooms, a decontamination suite, an orthopedic suite, and a minor surgery suite. The Emergency Department provides full-service on a 24-hour basis with in-house faculty in attendance at all times, and it is JCAHO level I accredited. The Department is capable of managing medical, trauma, neurological, surgical, and obstetrical emergencies. The telephone number for the Emergency Department is 501-526-2000.

The department also houses the new Clinical Decision Unit which opened in March 2017.  This is a unit staffed by APRNs and managed by the attending Emergency Medicine physicians to optimize observation admissions and provide more appropriate care to a substantial percentage of our population.


ACH_locationArkansas Children’s Hospital houses the busiest Emergency Department in the state with almost 50,000 annual patient visits, and is the only Arkansas hospital devoted entirely to the care of children. It is staffed by Board-Certified pediatricians on a 24 hour basis. It is the primary site for the pediatric, PICU and emergency transport rotations in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. As interns, residents rotate on the Pediatric wards admit team for 2 weeks followed by 2 weeks of ACH ED experience. The second and third year residents have continuous pediatric emergency medicine experience in the ACH ER (2-4 shifts per block) throughout their remaining stay in the program.  As second years, they also rotate through the PICU. Third year residents have the opportunity to complete a transport rotation with Angel One, the pediatric transport service which serves Arkansas and surrounding areas, during their ICU selective block.


Baptist_locationFor over 80 years, Baptist Health has delivered quality healthcare to the citizens of Arkansas. With more than 175 points of access – including seven Arkansas hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, family clinics, therapy and wellness centers – Baptist Health is committed to delivering quality healthcare to the people of Arkansas. Residents enjoy two months of community Emergency Medicine including transport and traditional ER shifts.


VA_locationOpened in 1984, John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital is conveniently located next to the UAMS campus. Residents participate in a variety of rotational experiences including internal medicine and adult critical care.




Baptist Health Medical Center Conway exteriorBaptist Health Medical Center Conway is a state of the art 111-bed facility that opened in September 2016. The 16-bed Emergency Department is open to patients of all ages in one of the fastest growing communities in the state of Arkansas, located 30 minutes from Little Rock.  Our engagement with Baptist Health represents the first expansion of Emergency Medicine services for the UAMS Emergency Medicine Department beyond Little Rock.  This community Emergency Department adds to the already diverse exposure our medical students and residents experience while at UAMS.