Welcome from our Program Director
We are delighted to announce the Baptist Health – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (BH-UAMS) Psychiatry Residency Program has been accredited by the ACGME to train residents at our North Little Rock campus beginning July 2022.
These is an enormous need for mental health professionals in general and psychiatrists in particular today. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic the new wave of challenges will be the toll of mental health suffering and distress. The silver lining is that over the last decades tremendous advances have happened in neurosciences that make psychiatry one of the most exciting areas of medicine to study and practice. Over the years mental health professionals have also developed a phenomenal array of psychotherapeutic interventions side-by-side with the state-of-the-art psychopharmacology approaches. Psychiatrist are called to develop their skills in both psychotherapy as well as psychopharmacology and we are committed to doing that.
We are committed to training psychiatry residents ready to tackle these clinical needs and challenges. Our individualized approach to clinical training, with an emphasis on wellness and experiential learning in patient safety and quality improvement, aims at ensuring the highest level of exposure to all sides of psychiatry.
Our residency is committed to ensuring residents develop all required skills and contribute to the community we serve.
Our Psychiatry Residents will join a thriving group of residents from the other residency programs in the BH-UAMS GME initiative: internal medicine, family medicine, and the transitional year programs. Our combined faculty have many years of experience in private practice, rural practice, academics, and administration. Our mission is to offer our community, and the state of Arkansas, well-trained and well-rounded psychiatrists who are committed to caring for patients of all needs and to working well with other mental health professionals and integrated behavioral health settings.
Our hope is to retain psychiatrists in Arkansas after they have completed their residency and any other further sub-specialty training.
We are pleased you are considering Baptist Health-UAMS Psychiatry Program for your training and we look forward to reviewing your application through ERAS in the fall of 2021.
Erick Messias, M.D., MPH, Ph.D.