Pre-Professional Support

As you embark on your college career and start planning for your future in the medical field, UAMS West is here to help you be the best applicant you can be! Professional schools are looking for the best of the best, not just academically. These programs are seeking out a well-rounded student that has knowledge, community service, experience, communication skills and a desire to learn and improve the lives of others. The services listed below are just some of the areas UAMS can help you reach your goals! If you are interested in exploring these opportunities and review your personal plan, please contact Lighla Whitson at to set up an appointment.


Volunteer opportunities are located at a variety of facilities throughout the region.

Mercy Fort Smith –

Sparks Medical Center –

Johnson Regional Medical Center –

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center –

Mena Regional Medical Center –

Conway Regional Health Systems-

If you have a specific interest or location not listed, contact Monique Bracken at

Mock Interviews­

Mock Interviews help students practice articulating their thoughts and ideas before medical school interviews occur. Mock interviews can be set up with the pre-health recruiter as well as a variety of professionals in the field of interest. To set up a mock interview contact Lighla Whitson at


The UAMS College of Medicine Pre-Medical Spring tour is organized and encouraged each year in April. Other tours organized by UAMS Center for Diversity are available in the spring and fall. If you are interested in attending these tours or setting up a specific tour on another date, contact Lighla Whitson at


Individual consultations can be scheduled to discuss the medical school application process, requirements, personal statement review, or other questions the pre-medical student may have.


Several resources are available for college students needing help in preparing for the MCAT. Email Lighla Whitson at for details!

Helpful Websites

Arkansas Health Careers

Explore Health Careers

AAMC – American Association of Medical Colleges

Aspiring Docs

AMCAS – American Medical College Application Service

Khan Academy

For more information about these programs contact our Pre-Health Recruiter.

Lighla Whitson
Pre Health Recruiter, UAMS West


The programs provided by UAMS West service the following Arkansas counties: Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Montgomery, Perry, Polk, Pope, Sebastian, Scott, and Yell counties. If you are outside of this territory, please visit to locate your recruiter.