Clay Bulls ’95 selected as recipient for 2015 Spirit of McMurry Award

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:23 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Clay Bulls '95, a physician assistant and businessman from Abilene, Texas, has been named recipient of the 2015 Spirit of McMurry Award given by the McMurry Alumni Association Board of Directors. The award is presented each year to an alumnus/a who has graduated within the last 20 years and who has excelled in their profession and exhibited a commitment to service in their community.

Bulls exemplifies the McMurry experience. He is from a small west Texas town and has chosen to make his home in Abilene. He is a registered physician assistant and also owns Southern Hills Tae Kwon Do studio in Abilene, serving many children and adults in the community.

Bulls is a former member of McMurry's Science and Math Advisory Board and  currently volunteers as an alumni participant for student professional networking events, advising students on future careers. He also serves as a mentor in the student shadowing program at McMurry.  While at McMurry he was a member of Makona men's social club, active in Servant Leadership and McMurry Student Government.  After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1995, with a minor in chemistry, he graduated in 2002 with a Physician Assistant Degree with Academic Distinction from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC.

Since 2008, he has served as a physician assistant in hospital medicine at Abilene Regional Medical Center. His responsibilities include critical care management of patients, ICU management, patient care for medical/surgical floors, Take out Pediatric Care Unit, Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit, Skilled Nursing, and serving as a "rapid response" and "Code Blue" team member.

Since 2002, he has also served as a physician assistant in internal medicine for local physician Dr. E. Victor Hudman II, also a McMurry graduate. His duties include all aspects of patient care in both clinic and hospital settings at Abilene Regional Medical Center and Hendrick Medical Center as well as nursing home rounds and home visits.

Bulls has certifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospital Medicine through the NCCPA. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

He is an award-winning preceptor for Texas Tech Health Science Center, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, UT Arlington School of Nursing and Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing. He also is a volunteer at Southern Hills Church of Christ, teaching children's classes and directing the Southern Hills Tae Kwon Do outreach martial arts program. Clay is married to fellow McMurry alumna Melissa Phemister Bulls '94 and the couple reside in Abilene with their three children: Jonah (16), Ethan (13), and Abbie (9).

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