Nathaniel Ng, M.D., FACS, (lf) and Jarett Howe, M.D. (rt) – Photos courtesy TTUHSC
Two Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty members have been elected to one of the most prestigious and historical honor societies in the country, university officials announced Monday morning.
Nathaniel Ng, M.D., FACS, and Jarett Howe, M.D., both assistant professors in the Foster School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, were recently accepted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, which was founded in 1902 for American students, residents, faculty and alumni. Memberships are lifelong and open the door to a number of fellowship and grant opportunities.
As faculty members, both Dr. Ng and Dr. Howe are also providers at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, the clinical arm of the Foster School of Medicine and the region’s largest multispecialty medical group practice. They were pleasantly surprised to learn they were nominated to Alpha Omega Alpha by their students at the Foster School of Medicine.
“The organization itself stands for quality and leadership, and the students in it are definitely the crème de la crème, as some people would put it. So to be nominated and selected at the end of the process was a great honor,” Dr. Ng said. “It speaks volumes about their expectations of me, and I always strive to live up to these expectations.”
Dr. Howe added that it’s a humbling experience to be a part of Alpha Omega Alpha and it reassures him that he and his colleagues in the Department of Surgery are connecting with their students.
“Being recognized by your peers is a profound honor. I was actually quite surprised, especially in surgery, because our work is extremely fast-paced and we’re not usually the most talkative group, so this shows that we’re indeed impacting the lives of our students,” Dr. Howe said. “It shows that we can serve as educators while practicing in a busy clinical setting. Being inducted to AOA will remind me that I have a responsibility to practice and live up to the organization’s high expectations.”
Both doctors said the nomination and the induction is a symbol of the quality of work done in the Department of Surgery, where they teach at a fast pace while continuing to practice as part of TTP El Paso.
“It speaks to the way physicians in our department teach. The mantra that we keep is one that puts education as a priority,” Dr. Ng said. “We have busy practices, but we take time to give career advice at every opportunity possible and insight into why we’re doing something. We, as faculty, do our best to teach the students and get to know each of them personally.