University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Vision 2029

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

By 2029, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will lead Arkansas to be the healthiest state in the region through its synergies of education, clinical care, research and purposeful leadership.

With this bold statement, UAMS resolved that in the coming decade its status as Arkansas’ only academic health system will allow it to deliver dramatic and lasting health and health care improvements to its home state. Aiding in this vision will be its statewide network of campuses for public education and clinical outreach, along with cores of expertise in medical specialties, population health, digital health, health informatics and translational research.

UAMS chose to culminate its 10-year Vision 2029 strategic plan on the 150th anniversary of its creation in 1879 as the first medical school in Arkansas. New strategic objectives build on achievements from its previous Vision 2020 plan, which led UAMS to create an integrated, patient- and family-centered clinical enterprise; focus on educating culturally competent health professionals equipped to practice team-care; and continue to develop and expand nationally recognized research programs that advanced scientific and public health knowledge.

Every year UAMS conducts a strategy refresh to ensure that we are tracking the most relevant, strategic, and measurable targets in the original Vision 2029 strategic plan.  Please note that depending on the current strategic landscape, the items in the original plan may have been edited and/or updated. For the most current targets and measures, view the Vision 2029 FY2024 Balanced Scorecard. For questions or more information, please contact the UAMS Office of Strategy Management at

The mission of UAMS is to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by:

  • Educating current and future health professionals and the public;
  • Providing high-quality, innovative, patient- and family-centered health care and also providing specialty expertise not routinely available in community settings; and
  • Advancing knowledge in areas of human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements.