Minority Faculty Development Caucus

4483183Established in 2002, the Faculty Diversity and Community Outreach (FDCO) program is designed to substantially increase and retain minority faculty at UAMS through networking, mentoring, research opportunities, and skills-building with a long-term goal of directly improving health care at both the institutional and state level.

FDCO has community partners who share common concerns of disparities in health care and workforce diversity.   We also promote adjunct appointments for minority community physicians to give these physicians the opportunity to participate in teaching and basic and clinical research. The involvement of minority physicians in addressing health care disparities through research and the clinical care of underserved populations is important to the healthcare improvement of all Arkansans.

In 2012, the FDCO is transitioning to the Minority Faculty Development Caucus.

MFDC sub-committees

Research This is a group of  health professionals dedicated to increasing the number of minority investigator initiated research projects through collaborations and partnerships involving UAMS and other academic institutions.
Mentoring By offering a cross cultural mentoring program to support majority and minority faculty, residents and students, this effort encourages the theme of “mutuality” which supports the idea that each cultural group has values and knowledge that others need.
Residents and Students This active committee focuses on encouraging and supporting minority students and residents as they become actively involved in scholarly activities early in their professional careers with the goal of retaining these students in academic medicine.




Brooke Montgomery, PhD, Assistant Professor, UAMS College of Public Health

Keneshia Bryant, PhD, FNP-BC,  Assistant Professor, UAMS College of Nursing


Nancy Greer-Williams,  Assistant Professor, Rural Health, UAMS College of Medicine

CDA Advisor:
Billy R. Thomas, MD, MPH Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion

FDCO Advisor:
Michael Preston, MPH Director, Health Policy and Faculty Diversity, UAMS – Cancer Control