Dean’s Welcome

Ray E. Stowers, DO, FACOFP, dist.

Ray E. Stowers, DO, FACOFP, dist.

A Message from the Dean

Vice President of Academic Affairs of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education and Dean of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Welcome to Arkansas’ newest college of medicine!

The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is a dynamic addition to the Chaffee Crossing development in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  Located on more than 200 acres in what was previously Fort Chaffee, the school welcomed its inaugural class of 150 aspiring physicians in August of 2017.  The college becomes the first of several health-related training programs under the auspices of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, an entity formed for the express purpose of training highly competent and compassionate health care professionals, to support health research and to provide a healthy living environment.  The key focus of ARCOM and other programs is to provide service in underserved areas.

We continue to attract talented faculty who will challenge medical students through instruction in basic sciences, in clinical practice and in the precepts of osteopathic medicine.  Clinical experiences will be provided in cooperation with regional clinics and hospitals through the expertise of health care providers in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.

Providing a great instructional environment in a state-of-the-art 102,000 square foot facility featuring the latest in technology, classroom space for both large and small groups, clinical practice areas and laboratory space which are second to none.  This facility anchors what will soon become a center of medical education and healthful living in Fort Smith’s newest neighborhood.

As Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean, it is my pleasure to lead these instructors and mentors as we welcome each class of students who want to make a difference in the lives of patients young and old.

I hope that you will visit us and experience the excitement of this new venture into health education in Western Arkansas.


Ray E. Stowers, DO FACOFP, dist.