Northwest Arkansas is moving up in terms of medical care and education. A new 4-year medical school and an orthopedic & sports medicine facility are coming to the area.
Alice L. Walton School of Medicine (AWSOM) - Bentonville, AR
Founded in 2021, the Alice L. Walton School of Medicine officially broke ground on the 14-acre campus on March 30th, 2023. The 154,000 square foot facility will be home to a 4-year medical degree program that integrates conventional medicine with holistic principles. The campus will be east of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with trails connecting the two facilities. The 4-level building will include learning halls, a public gallery, library, teaching spaces, administrative offices, theatre, wellness areas, and more. In the outdoor space there will be healing gardens, outdoor classrooms, urban farming space, cafe, and amphitheater.
AWSOM (Alice L Walton School of Medicine) is still pending programmatic accreditation. There are six assistant deans who will be overseeing the curriculum for the school. The inaugural class of 48 students is to be chosen late 2024 with the first semester starting late 2025.
Northwest Arkansas Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine of UAMS - Springdale, AR
A new orthopedic and sports medicine facility affiliated with UAMS is coming to the Springdale Care Corridor. The 115,000 square foot building plans were approved by the Springdale Planning Commission. Officials are hoping to break ground in summer of 2023 and open in 2025. It will be located between Arkansas Children’s Northwest and Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield.
The campus will include areas for surgery, recovery, and imaging, as well as a gym for physical therapy. In 2021, the University of Arkansas announced an agreement with UAMS to provide daily medical coverage for more than 465 athletes. This new facility will be able to accommodate that agreement and more. Currently, UAMS has seven physicians that will serve in the new center in addition to the 155 positions to be filled.