Alumni panel talks to students about healthcare professions

Alumni Panel McMurry students interested in a variety of medical and social service related fields attended a panel event Thursday evening, September 25th.   They heard about different career paths available to students with degrees from McMurry and took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of and network with alumni professionals.

These alumni will be shared a number of fascinating personal stories and offered suggestions to students thinking about graduate school and health care professions.

Dr. Charles Bloomer ’76 (Major-Biology)
Dr. Bloomer attended The University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio for his dental degree and then completed his residence in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Vanderbilt University Hospital. He currently owns an oral surgery practice in Abilene.

Clay Bulls ’95 (Major-Biology; Minor-Chemistry)
Mr. Bulls earned his Physician Assistant degree in 2002 from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is currently a physician’s assistant with Abilene Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Erin Hicks ’03 (Major-Biology)
Dr. Hicks earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hardin-Simmons University. She currently works as a physical therapist at West Texas Rehab Center in Abilene.

Kristi Le Messersmith ’08 (Major-Psychology; Minor-Sociology)
Ms. Messersmith worked in the field of substance abuse prevention for 5 years and currently serves as a Family Advocate and Forensic Interviewer for the Abilene Police Department.

Trinity Tumlinson ’13 (Major-Nursing)
Ms. Tumlinson has been working at Hendrick Medical Center as a RN in the Intensive Care Unit since graduating from McMurry.

We thank these alums for participating in the panel.  It was a wonderful event and the students were very appreciative.

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McMurry faculty meet with TTU Faculty on Pine Street

School of Nursing and PharmacyMcMurry science faculty headed down to Pine street to have an afternoon coffee with the combined faculties of the Texas Tech Abilene School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy.

We had a great turn-out, and met a lot of awesome faculty members who are doing very interesting things.

The goal was to get to know each other’s interests and roles at the different schools in the hopes of strengthening our relationships and finding opportunities to collaborate with research and preparing tomorrow’s health care professionals.

The coffee concluded with with a tour of the simulation lab at the nursing school and the academic research labs in the School of Pharmacy.  One of the most interesting things we saw was the digital anatomy table (Anatomage).  We were all fascinated and plan to bring the Human Physiology students over for a look this spring.

Thanks to Deans Pearl Merritt and Cindy Raehl for hosting us!  It was very beneficial, and we are looking forward to finding more ways to collaborate in the future.

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