Letter from Provost Gardner

Dear new and returning UAMS students,

As the state’s only academic health sciences university, we take seriously our mission to improve health, health care and well-being in Arkansas and beyond. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Arkansas in March prompted many changes in the way we carry out that mission each day across our patient care, research and academic operations. From moving to online educational activities to requiring daily health screenings to enter our campuses, the focus was to protect the health and safety of all who come to UAMS.

In May, we started reopening our campus to more normal operations — including educational activities. Admittedly, we are all now familiar with the phrase “new normal,” and the statement holds true for reopening UAMS. Our colleges, Division of Academic Affairs and Campus Support Services teamed up to diligently consider how to accommodate safely our students, faculty and staff members. This effort will continue until a vaccine allows us to lift the many precautionary measures.

To help you prepare for your arrival or return to UAMS, we established this website to compile the precautions, guidelines and resources available. We will continue to update this site as new information is available. If you have additional questions, please contact your college, academic program or the Division of Academic Affairs.

The fall 2020 semester will be unlike any in the 140-year history of our institution. Working together, we can strive for the least disruption to your academic experience while maintaining a healthy, safe learning environment.

The COVID-19 response in Arkansas and across our nation highlighted the dedication and work of many health care heroes. We are proud of our own Team UAMS heroes and those working across our state who were once UAMS students. We look forward to the day when you will walk across the stage, accept your UAMS diploma and join their ranks to create a better state of health.

Best wishes as you continue your academic journey.


Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D.
Provost and Chief Strategy Officer,
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs