Baptist Health-UAMS Psychiatry Residency Program Receives Initial Accreditation
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| LITTLE ROCK – A new collaborative psychiatry residency program offered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and Baptist Health has received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Higher Medical Education.
The Baptist Health-UAMS Psychiatry Residency Program will initially train four residents and then add four residency slots each year until there are 16 residents in training.
The joint deal will begin at Baptist Health’s North Little Rock campus in July 2022, combining the best of both programs. UAMS has the state’s longest-running psychiatry residency program, known for its emphasis on research, while the Baptist Health program has focused on clinical and community care.
The combined professors have many years of experience in private practice, rural practice, academics and administration.
“There is a huge need for mental health professionals in general and psychiatrists in particular today,” said Cam Patterson, MD, Chancellor of UAMS and CEO of UAMS Health. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the new wave of challenges will be the toll of mental health suffering and distress. We are committed to training residents in psychiatry ready to meet these clinical needs and challenges. We also hope to retain psychiatrists in Arkansas once they have completed their residency.
“Today more than ever, we need more behavioral health professionals,” said Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health, the largest private, not-for-profit health system based in the United States. ‘Arkansas. “We are very grateful to have the opportunity to do this as part of our residency program in North Little Rock. We are also grateful for the expanding partnership with UAMS and the team spirit that allows us to combine our strengths and better serve the Arkansans. “
Through an individualized approach to clinical training, the program aims to ensure the highest level of exposure to all aspects of psychiatry. The residence is committed to ensuring that psychiatrists develop their skills in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, as well as ensuring that residents contribute to the community.
“The program will have a major positive impact on mental health care in Arkansas for decades to come,” said Susan Smyth, MD, Ph.D., Executive Vice Chancellor of UAMS and Dean of the College of Medicine. “The addition of this ACGME-accredited training program, made possible through our partnership with Baptist Health, is a significant extension of UAMS’s mission and leadership role in healthcare education. in our state.
Erick L. Messias, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at UAMS College of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at UAMS College of Public Health, is the Director of the Baptist Health Psychiatric Residency Program -UAMS. It joins the already established joint residency programs in family medicine and internal medicine, as well as a transition year program, as part of the Baptist Health-UAMS graduate medical education initiative. Transition year programs are internship programs that provide comprehensive training prior to residency training.
While most internships will take place at Baptist Health’s North Little Rock campus, others will be at the UAMS campus, the Baptist Health campuses in Little Rock and Fort Smith, and North Little Rock. Community Mental Health Center.
Accreditation ensures that graduate medical programs across the United States meet common quality standards. The process includes written documentation and on-site visits by a review team made up of volunteers from the specialty. The initial accreditation of the joint program will be reviewed in 2023.
About Baptist health
For 100 years, Baptist Health has provided our very best in healthcare through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive healthcare organization with more than 250 access points including 11 hospitals; emergency care centers; a residence for the elderly; more than 100 primary and specialized care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and paramedical sciences; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest Arkansas-based private nonprofit healthcare organization, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, breakthrough treatments, renowned physicians, and community outreach programs. For more information on Baptist Health, visit baptiste-health.com, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the MyBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.
UAMS is the only health sciences university in the state, with faculties of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a higher school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a regional campus in northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation . UAMS comprises UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS ‘clinical activities, including its hospital, regional clinics, and the clinics it operates or employs in cooperation with d ‘other providers. UAMS is the state’s only Level 1 adult trauma center. American News and World Report named UAMS Medical Center the best hospital in the state; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationally; and named six high performing areas: COPD, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Lung Cancer Surgery. UAMS has 2,876 students, 898 medical residents and four dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care to UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, VA Medical Center. and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Instagram.