What is the salary for a resident at UAMS?

Salaries as of July 2018 are: PGY1 $51,289; PGY2 $51,497; and PGY3 $53,195. Chief Residents are given an additional $1000 on top of their PGY3 salary. You also receive comprehensive medical and dental insurance benefits. Little Rock enjoys an extremely reasonable cost of living.

What are the hours like?

As a PGY1 you will be assigned 19 shifts on an ED block. Interns work one of three shifts: 6a-4p, 3p-1a, or 9p-7a. While in the ED you are provided with money to pay for your meals. PGY2 and PGY3 work a mix of 9 and 12 hour shifts.  PGY2 works 18 ED shifts and PGY3 work 17 shifts.

What’s the curriculum?

A block-by-block break down of our clinical curriculum can be found here.

In addition to our strong clinical curriculum, we take pride in providing an up-to-date and innovative non-clinical curriculum as well. Each week we have 4-5 hours of dedicated conference time with topics spanning the entire breadth of EM. This includes one week each month dedicated to simulation and small group sessions. We also collaborate with our Pediatric EM colleagues, spending one week each month at ACH for a new EM/PEM joint conference. Additional inter-departmental activities include monthly Trauma M&M and a quarterly EM/Radiology conference. We are also fortunate to host a number of national EM experts each year as well as having access to experts from other specialties here at UAMS.

To round out our non-clinical curriculum we hold a monthly journal club at a faculty member’s home. Second and third year residents work with a faculty mentor to lead this session as we learn EBM concepts while dissecting the literature in an attempt to answer a real-world clinical question. While always educational, this off-campus setting also gives us an opportunity to socialize and discuss topics in a more relaxed atmosphere. Take a look at the Journal Club Archives to see summaries of topics we’ve discussed.

And just in case you’re wondering about requirements, each PGY2 and 3 resident gives one content lecture each year, in addition to participating in monthly case conference and M&M. Interns also participate in case conferences and perhaps the occasional M&M session, but are not required to give formal lectures. Each resident lecture is previewed by a faculty member in order to assist residents in delivering the highest quality presentation possible.

What is Interview Day like?

Interview Days are held only on Thursdays Oct-Jan. On Wednesday night you will have dinner with ED residents, giving you the opportunity to ask questions about residency and life in Arkansas. A typical interview day runs from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Thursday morning begins with our residency leadership team meeting with you to give you an overview of our program and our ED. From there, some of you will break away for an ED tour with residents while the others remain to be interviewed by the faculty. Hungry yet? Good! You’ll have lunch with the residents and, after that, the morning tour group will start interviews while the other group completes the tour. Don’t forget to have your parking validated by our secretary!

What scores are required to apply?

Board scores are an important part of your application but are only one of the many criteria that we use when evaluating applications. As a general rule, all applicants must report a score for the first USMLE or COMLEX exam before submitting their application. We prefer that you have completed Step 2 and posted this score in ERAS by early February in order to have this considered before submitting our rank list.

Curious about letters? Like most programs, we prefer letters from emergency physicians as they are best positioned to evaluate your potential success as an EM resident. When possible, a Standardized Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) from a faculty member at an EM residency is preferred. We recognize, however, that not all applicants are able to obtain multiple SLOEs, in which case traditional letters of recommendation are acceptable.

All students who complete a visiting rotation with us are automatically invited to interview at UAMS. You may apply for an away rotation through VSAS.

Is the Personal Statement really that important?

Yes! All aspects of your application are important, but only the Personal Statement can give us insight into the type of person you are. No one wants to interview a student who comes across as being a snob, rude, or, even worse, indifferent. All programs have criteria for an application “making the cut” and the Personal Statement is a part of that. Why should we select YOU? What sets you apart from the hundreds of other applicants? You have one page to sell yourself so make it count!

How many vacation days do I get?

Every year you will accrue 21 vacation days on July 1. These will expire on June 30 with no carryover so “use or lose”. There are certain rotations which do not allow vacation time (ie: VA med wards, ICUs, trauma, Peds, etc) but rotations such as ED, Anesthesiology, Ultrasound/Peds Sedation and OB do allow vacation. Each year you will also accrue 12 sick days. Maternity/paternity leave is arranged as needed. If you are in the military, guard, or reserves you will be granted military leave should you be activated or sent on TDY. PGY1 residents are not allowed to take vacation during July to facilitate their integration into the department.

Do I get an expense account?

You are given an allotment of $2000 educational funds to cover your three years of residency. You may use this to pay the expenses of going to a conference, taking an off-campus course (such as wilderness training), buying textbooks or equipment, etc. The only caveat of this allotment is that, should you repeatedly score below 75 on the in-service exam your first two years, you will use part of this money to attend a board review course during your PGY3 year.

Speaking of textbooks, what “freebies” do I receive from the department?

Your membership in national societies such as EMRA, AAEM, ACEP, and SAEM is paid by the department. The certification fees for PALS and ATLS, and your BLS/ACLS recertification fees are also paid by the department. Residents park free at UAMS and all affiliated hospitals. You also receive additional money each ED month for your meals.

I have never done an administrative project or a research project. Where do I start?

Throughout your residency you will meet with Dr. Carly Eastin to discuss your research project.  If you do not have a topic selected by the end of your first year he will help you choose something appropriate.  Past research projects have included:  “Secondary Overtriage to UAMS during the implementation of the state trauma system”, “Clinical scoring system for the diagnosis of acute appendicitis”, “The anion gap in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis:  iSTAT -v- basic metabolic panel”, and “Missed injuries in the multiply traumatized patient”.

We recognize that not all residents are interested in research, and believe that scholarship is more than just research.  Accordingly, we have developed a scholarly activity guideline with a point system to better allow residents to pursue activities that interest them while receiving appropriate credit for their efforts.

Your administrative project can be completed any time, but can also be completed during the Admin rotation as a PGY3.  Any of the faculty can assist you in selecting a topic.  Past topics include: “What causes the delay in cath lab wait times – a 3 month study”, “Archiving digital US studies for availability by all UAMS physicians”, and “Developing a follow-up clinic for ED patients” (which happened as a direct result of this project!).

When can I start moonlighting?

Per UAMS policy, PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents are not allowed to moonlight.  Beginning in the PGY-3 year, residents who are in good standing and who have approval of the residency’s Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) may moonlight.  External moonlighting requires a valid medical license and DEA certification.