About the UAMS College of Medicine Parents Club

Medical school takes a financial, mental, and emotional toll – from the monetary investment to the hours of studying, the anxiety over exams, and the residency match. The College of Medicine Parents Club for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences was created in an effort to alleviate some of these hardships through scholarships, expense reimbursements, educational resources, social events, and other activities to improve the student’s medical school experience.

Our Mission Statement

Formed in 1976, the Parents Club mission is to improve the quality of life for all UAMS medical students.

The College of Medicine Parents Club for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences supports the UAMS students in the following ways:

Travel

Travel funds are available to students for presenting student research at regional or national scientific meetings or attending conferences and events. 

So far in 2019-2020, we have awarded

In 2018-2019, we awarded twelve (12) speaker or presentation awards to Mohammad Siddiqui, Katherine Caid, Anna Celeste Gibson, Christopher Randall, Lara McHan, Chrystal Lau, Varun Shah, Duy Ha, Jay Im, Austin Bramwell, Harrison Winslow, and Tessa Henry. We awarded five (5) attending funds to Aleece Fletcher, Margaret Grace Oliver, Brendan Moore, Blake Davidson, and Emily Tharp.

In addition, in honor of the major contribution the Parents Club gave in 2014 when we purchased Ultrasound machines for the students, we have chosen to sponsor the UAMS team that travels to the Sonoslam competition. The Parents Club approved funding for 3 students to represent UAMS COM and compete at the AIUM conference/Sonoslam (an Ultrasound competition that pits teams of medical school students (a team of 3) from across the country against each other). Morgan Sweere Treece, Mason Sifford, Hayden Scott were chosen to represent UAMS COM.

Scholarships

The Parents Club currently provides funding for seven student scholarships. In 1994, the Parents Club created a scholarship fund. Three scholarships are awarded annually to a Senior, Junior and Sophomore. Students are selected by a vote of his/her classmates.   The recipient is a student who “parents their classmates” by demonstrating compassion, empathy, integrity, encouragement, and character through interaction with their classmates.   Under the leadership of Linda Moore DuPuy, Parents Club President, 1994-95, the Parents Club established the scholarship fund through the sponsorship of an annual “preview night” at the Arkansas Repertory Theater. Proceeds from the performance, as well as a Silent Auction held in conjunction with the preview night, fund the scholarships.

Four additional scholarships based on financial need have also been added bring the total to seven annual scholarships. 

Funding

The Parents Club supplies the student center, an on campus office/meeting space for students to have access to computers, printers, cost-free printing materials, coffee, and snacks.

We also provide additional funding for various projects throughout the school year.

Programs and Events

The Parents Club provides funding for social programs and events including the White Coat Ceremony, Freshman Family Day, the Fall Fiesta, Match Day, and Graduation Week activities.

Our History

Formed in 1976, the Parents Club mission is to improve the quality of life for all UAMS medical students.  We are in partnership with UAMS leadership to enhance mutual benefits for students and parents. We are a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.  

UAMS students are the future of excellence in Arkansas health care. They are essential to continued influence on legislation and standards that grow the learning environment.

2019-2020 Parents Club Officers

  • Kathy and Ray Rinchuso (M4)
    Co Presidents
  • Pending Nomination
    President Elect
  • Kaleybra Morehead (M3)
    Vice President
  • Tandy and Brent Miller (M4)
    Secretary
  • Tom Schneider (M3)
    Treasurer
  • Laura Spradley (M4)
    Executive Assistant
  • Kelley and Dana Renard (M3)
    The Rep Event Co-Chairs
  • Deanna Hildebrand (M1)
    Corporate Sponsorship Chair
  • Pending
    Ticket Sales Chair
  • Pending
    Beverage Committee Chair
  • Pending
    Publicity Chair
  • Myra and Brian Davidson (M3)
    Student Center Co-Chairs
  • Kaleybra Morehead (M3) and Ann Spencer Cole (M2)
    assisting Laura Spradley (M4)
    Fall Fiesta Chairs
  • Kathy and Ray Rinchuso (M4)
    Merchandise Chair (Freshman Family Day)
  • Steve Cardillo (2018-2019 Parents Club President)
    Website Chair
  • Kelley and Dana Renard (M3)
    Membership Chair
  • Pending
    Houses/Academic Investment Chair
  • Laura Spradley (M4) and Pending
    Mailbox Co-Chairs
  • Dr. Jeanne McLachlin
    UAMS Director of Admissions and Recruitment
  • Tammy Henson
    UAMS Rural Practice Program Administrator
  • Tom South
    UAMS Assistant Dean, Admissions
  • Leah Lacey-Watkins
    UAMS COM, Academic Affairs
  • Backups and/or Co-Chairs are needed for most positions held by M4's. Please contact the Parents Club if you are interested in volunteering.

Board Members

UAMS College of Medicine 2019-2020 Parents Club Board Members

  • Ray and Kathy Rinchuso
    Maumelle, AR
  • Brian and Myra Davidson
    Little Rock, AR
  • Ann Spencer-Cole
    Benton, AR
  • Tandy and Brent Miller
    Little Rock, AR
  • Mark and Laura Spradley
    Little Rock, AR
  • Kaleybra Morehead
    Pine Bluff, AR
  • Tom and Lori Schneider
    Maumelle, AR
  • Isaac and Lucy Scott
    Mound Bayou, MS
  • Joe and Sharon Locke
    Little Rock, AR
  • Kelley and Dana
    Little Rock, AR
  • Board Member
    Little Rock, AR
  • Board Member
    Little Rock, AR
  • Board Member
    Little Rock, AR
  • Board Member
    Little Rock, AR

2018-2019

  • Melinda & Jeff Armstrong
    Benton, AR
  • Steve & Carissa Cardillo
    Austin, AR
  • Ann Spencer-Cole
    Benton, AR
  • Brian & Myra Davidson
    Little Rock, AR
  • Jeannie & John DeLoach
    North Little Rock, AR
  • Judy Dunmire
    Greenwood, AR
  • Walter & Ellen Echols
    Fort Smith, AR
  • Samuel & Sandra Green
    Conway, AR
  • Rusty & Kelly Hardgrave
    Fort Smith, AR
  • Tammy Henson
    Little Rock, AR
  • Rhonda & Steve Keith
    Little Rock, AR
  • Joe & Sharon Locke
    Little Rock, AR
  • Jeanne McLachlin
    Little Rock, MS
  • Brent & Tandy Miller
    Little Rock, AR
  • Kaleybra Morehead
    Pine Bluff, AR
  • Nancy & Marc Oudin
    White Hall, AR
  • Kelly & Dana Renard
    Little Rock, AR
  • Ray & Kathy Rinchuso
    Maumelle, AR
  • Tom & Lori Schneider
    Maumelle, AR
  • Isaac & Lucy Scott
    Mound Bayou, MS
  • Vicky Shaw
    Conway, AR
  • Tom South
    Little Rock, AR
  • Mark & Brenda Speed
    Little Rock, AR
  • Mark & Laura Spradley
    Little Rock, AR
  • John and Martina Steed
    St. Louis, MO
  • Brent & Peri-Gay Walker
    Little Rock, AR
  • Leah Lacey-Watkins
    Little Rock., AR
  • Cathy Wyatt
    Little Rock, AR

2017-2018

  • Myra Davidson
    Little Rock, AR
  • Judy Dunmire
    Greenwood, AR
  • Scott & Karen Gongola
    Dardanelle, AR
  • Frankie & Tina Griffen
    Alma, AR
  • Kelly Haynes
    Star City, AR
  • Royce & Bonnie Lobianco
    Maumelle, AR
  • Gaye McClure
    Fort Smith, AR
  • Kaleybra Morehead
    Pine Bluff, AR
  • Jason Newhart
    Charleston, AR
  • Melissa Rackers
    North Little Rock., AR
  • Tom & Lori Schneider
    Maumelle, AR
  • Isaac & Lucy Chatman-Scott
    Mound Bayou, MS
  • Scott & Donna Woodward
    Conway, AR