The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) offers a wide variety of benefits to eligible employees and their families. UAMS invests millions of dollars annually to provide a substantial benefits package which includes health and dental insurance, retirement program, and vacation and sick leave.

Eligible employees must enroll within 30 days of hire date. Most benefits take effect on the first day of the following month.

Here are some of the benefits available to you.


UA Retirement Plan

The University of Arkansas Retirement Plan (UARP) is a 403(b) and 457(b) “defined contribution” plan. That means your benefits are based on contributions made to the plan by you and UAMS, plus the growth or interest earnings of those contributions.

Effective July 2016, employees are required to make a contribution. It began at 1% and will increase by 1% each year until the mandatory employee contribution reaches 5%,
UPDATE 5-4-2020: the increase to 5% required contribution is delayed to July 2021. The required contribution will remain 4% from July 2019 through June 2021.

UAMS will contribute 5% toward your combined required and voluntary contributions up to 5%. Any contributions over 5% are matched one-to-one by UAMS up to 10% (within IRS limits).You become “vested,” meaning you are entitled to keep the UAMS employer contributions, after 24 months of continuous employment and participation in the plan.

More detailed information on UAMS Retirement Plan

Leave Benefits

Full-time employees are eligible for the following leave benefits. Part-time employees may be eligible for leave on a prorated basis. [Residents may not accrue leave the same as regular employees and should check within their office for additional information.]

  • 11 paid holidays annually
  • 12 days of annual vacation leave. Accrual rate increases at 3, 5, 12 and 20 years of service. (Monthly-paid, non-classified exempt employees accrue 22.5 days annually)
  • 12 days of annual sick leave
  • Up to 12 weeks FMLA Leave (under the Family and Medical Leave Act) for eligible employees
  • 1 day Children’s Educational Activities Leave for eligible employees
  • Military, Educational and Jury Duty leave

More detailed information on UAMS Leave Benefits.

Tuition Discount

Full-time employees, their spouses and their dependents children receive a tuition discount on undergraduate programs at all of the University of Arkansas campuses: UA at Fayetteville, UA at Little Rock, UA Medical Sciences, UA at Pine Bluff, UA at Monticello, UA at Fort Smith, UA Phillips Community College in Helena, UA Community College in Hope, UA Community College in Batesville, Cossatot Community College of the UA in DeQueen, UA Community College in Morrilton, UA Community College in Rich Mountain, UA Pulaski Technical College and UA System eVersity.

After you work at least one semester and become eligible for the discount, you may take up to 132 undergraduate courses at a 50% discount. Your eligible family members may also take up to 132 undergraduate courses at a 50% discount at UAMS, or a 40% discount at other campuses. The campus where coursework is taken is solely responsible for which courses are eligible and which courses, if any, are excluded from the discount.

More detailed information on UAMS Tuition Discount.

Medical Plans

UAMS offers three medical plan options. All three plans offer a nationwide network of providers and facilities, include prescription drug coverage, and cover preventive care in-network services at no cost to you.

The Classic plan is similar to an HMO and is the plan chosen by most employees. Other options include a Premier plan and a high deductible plan called the Health Savings Plan. All plans are administered by UMR but are self-insured by the University of Arkansas. Prescription drug benefits are administered by MedImpact.

Enjoy cost savings by choosing to come to UAMS for your care, called “SmartCare.” You’ll enjoy lower copays, deductibles and out of pocket maximum costs, as well as a dedicated employee concierge to help you make appointments. You can also get your prescriptions filled on campus.

More detailed information on UAMS Medical Plan.

Dental Plan

The dental plan is designed to assist you in maintaining good oral health. The plan helps you pay for basic dental exams, restorative care, cleaning services, and preventive services. It also covers more intensive and specialty dental needs including fluoride treatments, extractions, oral surgery, crowns, bridges, spacers and implants. There are also orthodontia benefits for children under age 18. The dental plan is administered by Arkansas Blue Cross/Blue Shield but is self-insured by the University of Arkansas.

More detailed information on UAMS Dental Plan.


The vision plan, insured through Superior Vision, benefits those who have vision impairments and wear corrective eye wear. It helps lower out of pocket costs when you get an eye exam and purchase frames, lenses or contacts. There are also discounts for refractive surgery. We offer two vision plans, Basic and Enhanced.

More detailed information on UAMS Vision Plan.

Life Insurance

Life insurance provides a payment to family or other beneficiaries in the event of death. UAMS provides Basic Life Insurance to you at no cost. Coverage is equal to one times your salary, up to a maximum of $50,000, and is payable to your beneficiary in the event of your death. You may purchase an additional one, two, three, or four times your salary (up to a maximum of $500,000) by enrolling in Optional Life Insurance. You may purchase life insurance on your spouse and dependent children by enrolling in Dependent Life Insurance.

More detailed information on UAMS Life Insurance.

Disability Insurance

UAMS offers salary protection insurance should you be unable to work due to short or long-term disability. UAMS provides basic coverage and depending on your salary and position, you may purchase additional coverage.

More detailed information on UAMS Disability Insurance.

Additional Benefits Available
  • Healthcare and Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts (for those enrolled in high deductible plan)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Prepaid Legal
  • Home & Auto Insurance