New Medical School to Be Established in Northwest Arkansas

Whole Health Institute (WHI), a non-profit organization founded by Alice Walton, on March 4 announced plans for a Whole Health School of Medicine and Health Sciences (School of Medicine) in Northwest Arkansas.

“The Whole Health School of Medicine will help medical students rise to the health challenges of the 21st
century through a reimagination of American medical education that incorporates mental, emotional,
physical and spiritual health, the elements of Whole Health, to help people live healthier and happier
lives,” said Alice Walton.

The School of Medicine plans to break ground on the construction of a new state-of-the-art education
and training facility in Bentonville, Arkansas in 2022 and ultimately matriculate its first class of students in
the fall of 2024. The school is seeking accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Building evidence-based approaches, the curriculum will infuse traditional and conventional medicine
with integrative techniques and will include biomedical sciences, clinical training, medical
entrepreneurship, research, and a capstone with Whole Health principles ingrained throughout. The
program is allopathic, meaning graduates will receive a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.