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Wendy and Joe Bulow at the Pueblo Community Health Center

Wendy and Joe Bulow are graduates from the Emory University Physician Assistant Program Class of 2000 and currently work in primary care at a community health center in Pueblo, CO.   

The Bulows met each other during the fall of 1998 as they both started classes at the PA program, Wendy coming from Colorado and Joe from Tennessee. They were married in July 2000 in between medical rotations their second year.  After the wedding in Colorado Springs, they drove out to northern Arizona for a one-month medical rotation at a Navajo Indian Reservation.

 Wendy’s education at Emory was funded by her National Health Service Corps scholarship; therefore, she had to fulfill her commitment by serving at a medically underserved clinic.  She interviewed and accepted a position at a migrant clinic in Mattawa, Washington, which is located in the central part of the state.

 Joe found employment with an orthopedic surgery group in Yakima, WA and they lived on the Columbia River in Vantage, WA. They enjoyed living and working in Washington for two years as they used their available weekends touring the beautiful Northwest including nearby national parks and Canada.

To be closer to her family and return to her native state, Wendy accepted a transfer to a community health center in Pueblo, CO in January 2003.  After spending a few months skiing and looking for work, Joe started working at the same clinic as Wendy in family practice.  Wendy worked full-time at the clinic on the east side of town while Joe worked a full schedule at the main clinic.  

Even though Wendy had completed her three-year commitment to the NHSC in January 2004, she and Joe enjoyed Pueblo and their experiences at the clinic enough to continue to work there indefinitely.  With that in mind, Joe applied for and accepted a state funded loan repayment scholarship that would pay off the rest of his school loans with a two-year commitment to this medically underserved clinic.  

Into their sixth year of employment at the Pueblo Community Health Center, Wendy and Joe now work a flexible weekday schedule that allows one of them to see patients at work while the other is home with their two boys, ages 4 and 2.  The clinic is open 12-hour days from Monday through Thursday and 8 hours on Friday with no weekends or call. Living only 1.5 miles from work, they are able to come home for lunch and dinner and fulfill a combined 50-hour week while having plenty of family time during the week and weekend to enjoy the beautiful state of Colorado. 

The medical staff at the clinic consists of at least 10 physicians and 10 mid-level providers who are so helpful with each other that it almost feels like a “teaching clinic.”Wendy and Joe enjoy this teaching atmosphere and the continuity of care with the patients.  The majority of patients they treat at the clinic have no insurance but their clinic 

 

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