Message from the Program Director

Dear Prospective Resident:

I believe that our greatest strength as a residency program is that we have great residents. Our housestaff works well together developing friendships which last long after residency has ended. Upper-level residents consistently demonstrate excellent leadership skills and take an active role in teaching the interns. Residents at all levels of training assume responsibility for their patients’ care and develop confidence in clinical decision making while demonstrating professionalism in their personal interactions.

We are also fortunate to have an outstanding teaching faculty. Hank FarrarIn particular, our chief residents are readily available, are excellent physicians, are proven leaders and serve as examples of professionalism. This is a teaching hospital where resident education is a top priority. As such, the clinical faculty is approachable and works well with the residents in clinical settings. They are also available to provide mentorship for those residents whether choosing a career in general pediatric practice or seeking subspecialty training and research experience.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the primary site for the residency training program.  As it is one of the ten largest pediatric hospitals in the United States, our housestaff have the opportunity to work with very diverse patient populations from both rural and urban settings. While we care for patients with a wide range of medical problems, some of which require complex subspecialty care, a solid education in general pediatrics continues to be the primary goal for our residents.our program focuses on training residents to be excellent general pediatricians.

Thank you for your interest in our pediatric residency program. We believe that we have an excellent training program and are looking forward to your visit.

Hank Farrar, M.D.
Residency Program Director
Professor of Pediatrics
Sections of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Emergency Medicine

Message from the Chairman

Dear Prospective Resident:

The UAMS Department of Pediatrics conducts the majority of its clinical, educational, and research activities on the campuses of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute. Since the hospital is the sole pediatric specialty care center in Arkansas, we serve a large, diverse population. Because of our commitment to comprehensive pediatric care, we have assembled an outstanding faculty with expertise in all areas of pediatric medicine.Chair Richard Jacobs

Providing specialized services is not our only mission. In contrast to many tertiary centers, our faculty and residents are primary care providers for a large population. We seek to prepare our residents for the practice of pediatrics in an ever-changing health care environment. Upon completion of training, our residents feel equally competent and confident entering a primary care practice in a rural community or fellowship training in a large urban academic institution.

I am proud of our residents who function skillfully in the clinical arena. We continuously monitor objective assessments of the educational activities for our residents, such as in-service and board examinations, to develop educational experiences that assure their consistent performance. We are confident that our program provides for optimal learning and unsurpassed excellence in pediatric education by any objective standard.  The opportunities in the areas of community service, advocacy, education, and research for our residents provides a broad experience for those residents that want to explore the potential future of a career in academic pediatrics.

Some qualities of a good training program are less easily measured in an objective sense. Subjective measures many times may be even more important. As you visit programs, you will discover that each organization has a certain culture and atmosphere. Each is unique, but some are more nurturing and supportive than others. We believe a nurturing environment is critical to foster learning. As you visit, it is my hope you will sense the excitement and enthusiasm from our dynamic faculty and residents.  I am confident that you will perceive an academic “family” atmosphere, and feel the closeness and camaraderie that sets our program apart from other very good programs.

In summary, our faculty and residents are committed—committed to enhancing health for children through excellence in clinical services, education, and research. But, don’t just take my word for it. I invite you to visit and experience it for yourself. Join us and make a difference!

Richard F. Jacobs, M.D., FAAP
Robert H. Fiser, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
President, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Arkansas Children’s Hospital


Message from ACH President & CEO

Dear Prospective Resident:

These are challenging times in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and it must be particularly difficult for you to wade through the many choices you have for your pediatric residency. I’d like to share with you the many one-of-a-kind opportunities that await you here at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a very unique and exciting vision I hope you’ll share with us. Marcy DodererOur Vision includes: Leading the creation of a family-centered, seamless system of health that will be a national model of excellence; instilling trust in our team and enabling them to provide the best possible care; and strengthening the bond between the ACH and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Pediatrics, to increase our impact on children’s health.

We are first and foremost focused on quality:  Care, teamwork and outcomes. It’s about delivering on our promise of excellence whether it’s on a routine visit in the General Pediatric Clinic or the long journey towards a heart transplant. You’ll see that every team member is vital to each and every patient.

Central to our mission is providing family-centered care. As a parent, I know how vital team support is to a family, actively engaging each family member in better outcomes for the patient, calming their fears, and assuring them when hope seems lost. You will be instrumental in making a difference in the lives of the children we serve. You can be that assurance every parent needs. And you’ll have a compassionate team and quality system supporting you throughout your residency and beyond.

What’s also remarkable about ACH is our boundaries are truly limitless. Our service region includes every county within the State of Arkansas, while also serving patients from a number of bordering states and sometimes other countries around the world. In addition to providing exceptional patient care and resources, we offer a tremendous teaching environment and a nationally-recognized research facility.

There’s so much more to learn about ACH; I hope you’ll read more about our services on this website. Again, we know you have many options available to you. Others have shared your challenges. They were drawn to ACH from just about every state across the country and across the globe. They saw our difference and the opportunities here. I know you will too.

Thanks again for your serious consideration of Arkansas Children’s Hospital. We’ll see you soon.

Best wishes,
Marcy Doderer, FACHE
President & Chief Executive Officer
Arkansas Children’s Hospital