Village News: UAMS at BTV Clinic Expands

Dr. Larry Wright

UAMS at BTV Clinic Expanding Primary Care Services for Residents

New Format to Establish BTV as Major Teaching Site for UAMS Northwest

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest is expanding its hours and services at the UAMS at BTV Clinic.

Beginning July 1, the clinic, located here at the Butterfield campus, will be staffed by physicians four days a week rather than the current two days. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday’s clinics will be full days, and Fridays will be morning-only hours.

The lead physician, who sees every patient, will continue to be Dr. Larry D. Wright, an internist and geriatrician, who has been in the clinic only two days a week since October 2018.

Under the expanded format, Dr. Wright, who is the Associate Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UAMS Northwest, will be joined by internal medicine resident physicians, who are in training. Wright says there will be two of the resident physicians assigned to work with him at the BTV clinic every four-week block of the year. This will be part of the internal medicine residents’ three-year, post-graduate training that follows receipt of their medical degree.

The UAMS at BTV Clinic is a primary care clinic for Village residents. While residents will ordinarily be seen by a resident physician first, they will always see Dr. Wright, as is required by Medicare.

Wright was the first formally trained geriatrician in Arkansas when he opened his initial clinic practice in Rogers in 1979.

In describing the progressive development of the BTV clinic, Wright said that UAMS is excited about his practice and the teaching opportunities at the Village, as this will establish BTV as a major teaching site for UAMS Northwest.

Wright said that from his experience in the first months of practice here, the BTV clinic, the Health Care Center and the entire Village campus represent the most outstanding teaching setting for medicine with older adult patients he has seen.

Wright said he’s excited to have physicians-in-training and students be exposed to such a positive residential and teaching environment.

In addition, Dr. Wright and the internal medicine residents will host public forums at BTV on the second and fourth Wednesday of each four-week teaching block. The sessions will provide an educational service to BTV residents as well as professional growth experience for the physicians in training.

Of the first two sessions, one will follow a “Talk with the Doc” format, while the other will focus on a specific health topic.