To offer the women faculty of Northwest Arkansas the opportunity to come together for camaraderie, networking and maintaining wellness as we navigate our journey through academic medicine. We share a common commitment and vision for professional development, and we collaborate on services and activities that have helped countless faculty members achieve their goals.
Dr. Jensen is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, in the Department of Surgery, based at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville. She is the course director for the Cardiovascular Module at the College of Medicine, and coordinates research in the departments of Surgery, Radiology, and the UAMS Northwest Regional Program. She received her medical training in her native Finland, where she completed her medical degree and a doctorate in cardiovascular surgery. Her postgraduate surgical training took place in Finland and in Denmark. She completed a post-Doc at one of the largest pediatric cardiac centers in Europe, the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, United Kingdom. She then worked as a Clinical Research Associate at the Emory Structural Heart and Valve Center in Atlanta prior to her relocation to Arkansas. Dr. Jensen also serves as president of the Women's Faculty Development Caucus on the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus. Learn more about Dr. Jensen’s unconventional journey to UAMS in a narrative format here.
Dr. Amos is an otolaryngologist at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from the Marquette University, then attended medical school at Midwestern University CCOM. She completed her residency training in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at McLaren Healthcare/Michigan State University and went on to complete a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was an attending pediatric otolaryngologist at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. She is board certified in otolaryngology, and her primary clinical and academic interests include general pediatric ear nose and throat problems, obstructive sleep apnea, and pediatric airway. Watch a video about Dr. Amos’ expertise here.
Mentoring and Career Development Committee
In 1996, Women’s Faculty Development Caucus Little Rock created the first mentoring program for women faculty using senior women advising junior women. This was a very successful program. The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus chapter of the Women’s Faculty Development Caucus plans to match advisors with younger faculty who need career or specific mentoring. There are also plans to match faculty members with medical students, residents or fellows who desire mentoring.
The committee will plan networking events to help junior faculty, residents, fellows and medical students become acclimated and increase interdepartmental associations.
Research is a key component of academic medical practice, but it can be cumbersome. Where do I start, what is a good research question, how do I apply for IRB approval, where I get my data, which statistical methods should I use, how do I interpret my results, how do I write a scientific abstract, how do I write a manuscript, how do I write a grant? Who else is doing research in this field, could I find a collaborator? What if I have a great idea for a new intervention, or a device, or a drug? And most of all – how do I have time for research? The research committee for the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus chapter of the Women’s Faculty Development Caucus is dedicated to helping women at any stage in their career to get started in, or stay dedicated to, academic medicine.
Communications and Public Relations Committee
The primary goal of the Communications & Public Relations committee is to inform and engage our local medical community about the opportunities and resources offered by the Women’s Faculty Development Caucus. We are invested in publicizing the academic activities, social events, and talents of our membership by way of print and digital media. We also assemble resources that may be of help for those who are moving to the area.
These are some links to websites that we have found helpful to those new to Northwest Arkansas.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Dedicated to ensuring that we embrace and advocate for all individuals within our healthcare community, our DEI committee hosts events and outings educating our membership about topics and concepts related to diversity. They also help ensure that the diversity and reality of our communities are reflected in every aspect of our missions at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus chapter of the Women’s Faculty Development Caucus.
Lunch and Learn Series
The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus Women’s Faculty Development Caucus hosts a quarterly Lunch & Learn seminar about various topics. The Lunch and Learn always takes place on a Tuesday at noon. Find a list of past Lunch and Learns here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f1BRK9Z-M1uh82S-hXZnASu0inLI1UKlOKB5mOylmIQ/edit (recordings available upon request; please contact Hanna Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org), and keep your eyes peeled for future ones.
Please make sure you’re signed up on our listserv to be notified of all future events, email Samantha Griffin (SGriffin2@uams.edu) to be added.
Mentorship Mix & Mingle
The mentorship committee of the UAMS NW Women’s Faculty Development Caucus hosted a Mentorship Mix & Mingle event at Sassafras Springs Vineyard and Winery in November. Participants had short speed-meeting rounds with all mentors, and the rest of the evening was dedicated to open networking and making connections. We were delighted to host medical students, residents, and faculty from multiple health professions for a fun night of conversation!
Crystal Bridges Tour and Discussion on Art and Medicine
The UAMS NW Women’s Faculty Development Caucus toured Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with Museum Educator Kaye Collier. The group included medical students, residents in both the IM and FM programs on our campus, as well as physicians and faculty of the UAMS College of Health Professions. They viewed works of art from the lens of the intersection of art and medicine, conversing about reading body language, recognizing bias, and stereotyping. Thanks to Crystal Bridges for hosting.
Fundraiser for Peace at Home Family Shelter
On July 25, 2023, the UAMS Northwest Women’s Faculty Development Caucus gathered at Sassafras Springs Winery to hear from experts how to approach, support, and guide victims of domestic violence to the resources we have locally in Northwest Arkansas. Funds were raised for Peace at Home Family Shelter. Thank you to organizers, speakers, and all who attended!