UAMS Northwest 2023 Summer Programs

Each summer, UAMS Northwest and North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison and Mercy in Rogers host the Medical Application of Science for Health (M*A*S*H) program. The M*A*S*H program gives students from area high schools an opportunity to experience various aspects of the medical field.

The two-week program involves hands-on experiences and opportunities to job shadow. Program participants gain experience in several hospital departments, such as ICU, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, OT, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry and much more.

M*A*S*H students take part in interactive activities and learn how to take blood pressure, suture pigs feet, give shots to oranges and dissect cow’s hearts. Pharmacy students teach the participants lab activities Each M*A*S*H participant also received first aid and CPR certification during the program.

Our 3 sites have an overwhelming response of students interested in participating in M*A*S*H, but only 20 students are chosen in Fayetteville, 16 in Harrison and 10 at Mercy in Rogers. Our program requires that the students have taken a medical class or have completed Biology, have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have two letters or recommendation. Students may obtain applications from their school advisors or our website. After the applications are reviewed, students are contacted. We would not be able to host a program like this if it weren’t for the incredible support from our area schools, hospitals and clinics.

The M*A*S*H program is offered at our 7 UAMS Regional Sites and at various Arkansas hospitals across Arkansas through Medical MENTOR Partnership, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Arkansas Farm Bureau and participating hospitals.

Enclosed are the applications for our sites for your students and collegues. Online application will be posted in our website at the end of January.


In addition to the MASH program, UAMS Northwest will be hosting a SONO CAMP instead of CHAMPS this summer. See link for information and the online application.


This program is for rising 10th grade students from NW Arkansas. Unfilled spots will be filled with any other grades (9-12).

All applicants must be able to show proof of covid vaccination and other documents that must be completed (including research study consent for us to be able to survey them about the camp). Everything is outlined on the website. Online applicants will be electronically sent additional forms to complete and return including one that needs to be returned as an original signed paper copy. Please see Ms. DeSpain if you don’t have access to envelope and stamp to mail your completed forms.

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