2019 UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs Annual Diversity Day


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Center for Diversity Affairs (CDA) will have its annual Diversity Day on Friday, March 1, 2019. This is a conference-style event, for students and advisors, designed to inform about the variety of career options available on campus.

Click here for previous year program.

Students will be exposed to all six (6) UAMS colleges, attend breakout sessions, receive admissions information, etc. Students and advisors will also have the opportunity to tour our interesting campus. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with Army Medical Recruiting.

Each UAMS college and school will be present for students to meet throughout the day. Formal breakout session targeting each college discipline will be held during the morning session. Student-guided tours of UAMS will be available to visiting students, faculty, and staff. Our hope is attendees leave with a sense of life at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, knowledge of the campus and programs available, and a network of resources to accomplish their academic and professional goals.

Student Registration (click here)

Advisor Registration (click here)

Conference Day Overview

College of Medicine (COM) will discuss the application process for premedical students, including extracurricular activities to enhance your application and experience base prior to applying. We will go over the pre-matriculation course requirements and address possible accepted substitutions depending on the requirements for your individual major. This presentation will also include the rules governing AP credit, on-line courses, and the specifics for the genetics course requirement prior to entering medical school.  We will also address MCAT prep, the importance of the medical school interview and provide guidance and tips to present yourself as an applicant in the best possible light.  The COM Office of Admissions is here to encourage and support all applicants through the admissions process and we look forward to meeting you.

College of Pharmacy (COP) will bring in the perspectives of the profession of pharmacy from all angles. From college coursework, shadowing, and deciding on the profession — all the way to what career options there are beyond the traditional role of a retail pharmacist. This presentation will allow you to see yourself as a pharmacist and the steps it took to get you there.

College of Nursing (CON) will offer students an overview of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) admission process.  This will allow interested students to learn more about the admission requirements and application process for the BSN program. CON will offer advisors an opportunity to learn more about our nursing programs and admission requirements for all programs.  We will also show tools that they can use to better assist their students who are interested in applying to the College of Nursing.

CON will offer an interactive tour of the CON Innovative Practice Center, where nursing students practice and perfect their skills by engaging in hands on simulations.


College of Health Professions (CHP) breakout sessions will task students to picture themselves and their future career in one of 17 programs offered in what is sometimes referred to as the allied health field. From working in a hospital setting to private practice, allied health professionals have variety of options to consider and this presentation will share just how students can begin the journey of joining the 5 million people in the U.S. who work in the field. CHP awards certificates and degrees including 1 Associate’s degrees, 9 Bachelor’s degrees, 2 Post-Bachelor’s certificates, 3 Master’s degrees, and 2 Doctoral degrees.


CHP Advisors Session — Our two Student Service Specialist will provide advisors with additional information and guidance on the various admission requirements including the necessary prerequisite for each program, deadline dates, and tips on how to navigate the CHP website.


CHP Interactive Tours — TBD

College of Public Health (COPH) breakout sessions for students will focus on “Discover Public Health”- Students will learn how public health professionals focus on preventing disease and injury by promoting healthy lifestyles, implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, conducting research, and regulating health systems to achieve these goals. (Presented by Kristy Jones Caldwell, COPH recruiter)

COPH small group for advisors will focus on the following: public health career options, admissions and application process, degree programs, application deadlines, tips, and resources. (Presented by Jordan O’Roark, COPH Director of Admissions)

COPH interactive tour will feature “This is Public Health” – attendees will interact with Public Health faculty and researchers who will discuss current issues in public health and various research experiences and opportunities from a personal perspective.

Graduate School (GS) will offer students and advisors the opportunity to learn about graduate research programs at UAMS and the importance of research to health care. Information will be provided on summer research opportunities for students and what makes a competitive application. Career options following graduate study will also be discussed. Programs offered in the Graduate School include the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (PhD, MS), Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD, MS), Nursing Science (PhD), Communication Sciences and Disorders (PhD), Clinical Nutrition (MS), Regulatory Science (Cert), and Clinical and Translation Sciences (Cert, MS, and PhD).

If you have ever thought about conducting research, UAMS Graduate school is for you! Visit us during the breakout session and the interactive tour!

Regional Programs (REP) offers three (3) breakout sessions for students:

  1. REP Information Session — Regional Programs provides support for undergraduate students as they are considering careers in healthcare and applying for professional school, including academic advising, MCAT prep, mock interviews, job shadowing, volunteer opportunities, and much more. Hear what all we have to offer then speak with a recruiter to find opportunities in your area.
  2. REP Application and Personal Statement Review — Students who are ready to apply for professional school may bring a copy of their applications and/or personal statements for pre-health recruiters to review and provide feedback.
  3. REP Mock Interview — Students who are ready to interview for professional school have the opportunity to brush up on interview skills and become familiar with common interview questions.

REP Information Session for Advisors — UAMS Regional Programs is committed to rural health care and the success of Arkansas students.  With an emphasis on primary care, UAMS pre-health recruiters guide undergraduate students who are interested in health careers by providing job shadowing, mentor and volunteer opportunities, MCAT prep, mock interviews and much more at 8 regional centers across the state.  They also find scholarships to help students with the cost of professional school.  Learn about the various opportunities provided by UAMS Regional Programs to help students succeed.

U.S. Army Medical Recruiters:

Come meet health care recruiters from the Little Rock Army Medical Recruiting Station and learn how you can get your medical school paid in full.  They will explain two scholarship programs — the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and the Medical School Stipend Program (MSSP) — that can help you avoid the rising debts of medical school.

The HPSP program provides 3- and 4-year scholarships annually to more than

400 students who are accepted or enrolled into accredited schools of medicine or osteopathy programs. The program provides full tuition, a monthly stipend of $2,330.78 (current rate) and reimbursement of certain academic fees (i.e. books). One of the great things about this opportunity is students do not have to wait until they have been accepted into a medical or dental school to apply for the scholarship. You attend the medical school of your choice, granted it is AMA accredited and located in the United States. After you graduate under this program, you will serve one year on active duty for each year of medical school you were on scholarship. In addition to the full tuition and monthly stipend, there is also a $20,000 bonus available for all scholarship recipients.


2019 Diversity Day Conference Coordinator:

Amber Booth
Senior Diversity Specialist
Center for Diversity Affairs