Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas foresees needs in these growth areas—pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, sleep medicine, radiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and neurology, reports Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Stephanie Gardner, interim chancellor at UAMS in Little Rock, said the key bottleneck is the limited number of medical residencies. That problem is everywhere but is particularly important to growing regions such as Northwest Arkansas. The same concern was raised by Pearl McElfish, associate vice chancellor at the UAMS Northwest campus in Fayetteville.