To educate and train compassionate osteopathic physicians, skilled in the science of patient-centered osteopathic medical care, dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the osteopathic profession, committed to lifelong learning, and focused on service to the underserved. This mission will be accomplished at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels through excellence in teaching, research, service, and scholarly activity.
Live & Learn
in the Natural State
Our 102,000 square-foot facility is located in Fort Smith, the second largest city in Arkansas.
Situated on 430 acres, the building features state-of-the-art technology in a scenic, natural setting.
Spend time in one of our outdoor study spaces or take a break and enjoy the natural state on one of the nearby biking and hiking trails.
The ARCOM Difference
The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine utilizes an innovative “helix” curriculum comprised of lecture, team-based, and interactive learning strategies. Each turn of the helix revisits biomedical concepts learned from the previous semester and applies this newly acquired knowledge in order to understand more complex system interactions.
ARCOM is focused on student success directed toward the development of competent, caring, and compassionate physicians who seek to serve the underserved. The entirety of the educational experience at ARCOM supports and encourages students to develop a pattern of individual responsibility and capacity for life-long learning and growth as competent, patient-centered, holistic osteopathic physicians.
Doctors that DO
ARCOM student doctors are doctors that DO! Whether it’s volunteering in the community or exploring the great state of Arkansas, our students are active and engaged.
News & Events
Elizabeth McClain, Ph.D., vice provost and vice president of Academic Affairs for Arkansas Colleges of Health Education in Fort Smith, said outdoor recreation opportunities around Fort Smith was one of the factors that drew her and her husband, Dr. Rance McClain, from Hattiesburg, Miss., last year. Rance McClain is the dean of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“Students are coming together virtually instead of physically, we are studying in new and interesting ways, and we are working together, just not in the same space. What has originally been perceived as a world frozen in time has actually become one of the most productive and efficacious periods during my education at ARCOM.”
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, a private institution in Fort Smith that includes an osteopathic medical school, announced Friday that its Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and a master’s program in biomedicine are moving to online classes next week.
The Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) will move its classes online, recall third-year medical students on clinical rotations and halt tours and meetings by outside groups on the campus.
Several national reports include Arkansas in one of the most underserved regions in the nation in terms of healthcare. This quality of life issue led to the founding of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) to help alleviate the tremendous shortage of physicians and other healthcare professionals in Arkansas.
Mercy Fort Smith and the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education are creating a residency program to help retain doctors in the River Valley while boosting Mercy’s staffing numbers.
$1.3M donation benefits New Mercy, ACHE medical school residency program; Retaining doctors will improve health care, boost economy in River Valley, leaders say
Mercy Fort Smith and the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education (ACHE) are developing a new residency program, thanks to a $1.3 million donation from ACHE with the assistance of the Degen Foundation.
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Stay updated on all the exciting developments taking place at ACHE!