“Giving is not just about making a donation.  It is about making a difference.”

Kathy Calvin

The Class of 2018 Pulmonary Training Fund endowment was established by Dr. Bobby Tullos with a generous gift of $30,000.  The endowment will be used for for the Department of Medicine’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, for the purpose of training pulmonary fellows in the area of advanced airway management, ultrasound, bronchoscopy procedures, and other specialized pulmonary medical care. The fund will also support pulmonary fellows who attend courses that are not available at UMMC facilities. Recipients of funding from this endowment will be required to present a training summary or lead a demonstration of technique(s) learned from course material to the department upon completion of their training.

Dr. Bobby Tullos

Dr. Bobby W. Tullos was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  After graduating high school, he joined the US Army and served active duty for five years.  He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi and went to medical school at UMMC where he also completed his internal medicine residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship. He remained in the US Army Reserves during that time and is continuing to serve going on 21 years now with a current rank of Major. He serves as the Brigade Surgeon for the 155th Infantry Brigade located in Tupelo, Mississippi.  Dr. Tullos has been deployed four times during the past twenty years.  He now practices at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi.

When asked what made him decide to do this, he responded,  “During my 20 years in the Army with multiple deployments, I’ve learned how valuable thorough training can be for mission success.  After residency and fellowship at UMMC, I felt my training was top-notch, preparing me to competently practice medicine anywhere in the world. This confidence not only came from the excellent teaching from the doctors and staff at UMMC, but also receiving financial support to seek out opportunities to take courses from experts in the field; difficult airway course, point of care ultrasound, etc.  Upon completing these courses, my colleagues and I brought back techniques and skills to continue advancing the training of doctors that followed us in the program. I’ve been blessed for over 20 years to pursue my goals, enhance my skills, education and the 2018 graduating pulmonary/critical care fellows wanted to ensure that this momentum continued and this became the impetus to creating this scholarship.” 

2018 pulmonary/critical care graduates: (from left) Drs. Derek Hansen, Bobby Tullos, Jessie Harvey, and Michael Brewer

If you are interested in giving back, please contact Monica Watkins (MWatkins2@umc.edu) or visit the DOM Giving Page.

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