Baptist Health-UAMS Medical Education Program Celebrates First Graduating Class of Residents

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Baptist Health-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Education Program on Friday, June 17, celebrated its first graduating class of residents on the campus of Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock.

Speaking at the celebration were Troy Wells, president and CEO of Baptist Health; Cam Patterson, M.D., chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS); and graduates of the program.

Mindful of the national shortage of primary care physicians and the expanding health care needs in Arkansas, Baptist Health and the UAMS College of Medicine partnered to create four residency programs: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Transitional Year and Psychiatry. At their full complement, the programs collectively will graduate 40 physicians into the medical community each year.

Below are members of the first graduating class by residency program:

Family Medicine

  • Jasveen Batra
  • Linda Ekwealor
  • Trint Gunnels
  • Alexander Heese
  • James Blake Holloway
  • Nastasya Jabaly
  • Erica Jarcaig
  • Ali Mitchell
  • Melissa Pruitt
  • Achmed Turay
  • Anastasiia Sokhan
  • Abigail Wilhite

Internal Medicine

  • Sadiq Al Husseini
  • Ramya Bachu
  • Seth Justice
  • Jahanzeb Khan
  • Shannan Mahal
  • Heba Mousa
  • Tanvi Patel
  • Shreya Ravula
  • Aaron Roberts
  • George Sebastian
  • Anum Syed
  • William Wilcox

The residency programs, ranging in length between one to four years, provide quality training and are accredited by the Accrediting Council of Graduate Medical Education. Residents are part of patient care teams with experienced faculty, nursing staff and ancillary providers.

Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock was chosen as the primary site for the Baptist Health-UAMS Medical Education Program, as it serves a community-based population in excess of 250,000 people.

For more information about the Baptist Health-University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Education Program, visit


About Baptist Health

For more than 100 years, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


About UAMS

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS’ clinical enterprise. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report recognized UAMS Medical Center as a Best Hospital for 2021-22; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide for the third year; and named five areas as high performing — colon cancer surgery, diabetes, hip replacement, knee replacement and stroke. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.