The University of Arkansas for medical sciences provides extensive research opportunities, and fellowships in child/adolescent, forensic, addiction, and geriatric psychiatry. It is one of the best major psychiatric research, education and clinical care centers. It provides educational programs ranging from medical student education to psychiatric residency and fellowship programs. The program encourages scientific inquiry, critical thinking and independent research.
Schools in Arkansas providing psychiatry programs include the Arkansas State University, Harding University and Lyon College. Online Arkansas Psychiatry Colleges include the Ottawa University and the Northcentral University. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences provides a geriatric psychiatric fellowship program.
The Child Study center in UAMS offers to teach outpatient diagnostic services including individual, group and family therapy, behavior management techniques, parent education and training and medication consultation and treatment. The Child Study center in ACH offers brief comprehensive evaluations as well as family and group therapy and a division of child and adolescent psychiatry. There is a psychiatric care clinic which is a child residency training clinic for the child division and it offers comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and medical consultation and treatment. Students are taught to deal with common referral problems including anxiety, depression, conduct and behaviors problems, emotional adjustment difficulties, learning difficulties, attention problems, child management issues and other psychiatric disorders affecting children, adolescents and their families. Also, the Assessment and Treatment clinic trains students to deal with patients with disorders of socio-emotional deregulation including affective anxiety disorders.
Psychiatry schools in Arkansas tend to maintain a long tradition of strong clinical and research programs in the biological, psychological, and social determinants of mental health. Each of these models is represented in the core didactic curriculum to enable students to have the knowledge necessary to provide patients with the best treatment available. The coursework includes neuroscience and somatic treatments, theories of the mind and psychological treatments, social determinants of mental health and rehabilitative treatments, psychopharmacology and multiperspective clinical care conferences. In addition to providing opportunities to manage patients in different clinical settings, the clinical curriculum is designed to ensure that students will rotate through many different systems of care including a free standing psychiatric hospital, a community hospital and a state hospital as exposure to different systems of care is critical in developing the ability in a student to lead a system of care later in his or her career.