Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s residency training programs provide resident physicians with opportunities for broad clinical exposure, advanced education and research. Our residents come from diverse backgrounds, but all share the desire to deliver exemplary patient care. The Office of Institutional Advancement invites you to get to know these talented physicians through our regular Resident Highlights. At Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, we’re dedicated to excellence and committed to care.
This month’s highlight features The Q Dang, D.O., a resident physician with the TTUHSC El Paso Department of Internal Medicine.
Dressed in scrubs and a white coat, The Q Dang, D.O., a resident physician with the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, may be dressed like a typical doctor – that is, until you see his shoes. His sneakers, to be specific.
“My specialty outside of medicine would be sneaker culture,” Dr. Dang said. “To me, sneaker culture is more of a catch-all term for people who appreciate either art or performance. In my opinion, shoes are the ‘make or break’ component of any outfit.”
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Dang’s family moved to Plano, Texas, when he was a young child.
“Growing up, it was difficult to own the shoes I really wanted. They were very expensive. I did a lot of reading catalogues or browsing shoes at the store.”
During his adolescence, Dr. Dang’s obsession with sneakers grew along with his passion for science and medicine. For his junior and senior high school years, he attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) at the University of North Texas (UNT) in nearby Denton, Texas. While earning his high school diploma at TAMS, the nation’s first early college entrance residential program, Dr. Dang also earned college credit at UNT.
Following TAMS, Dr. Dang attended the University of Texas at Dallas to complete a bachelor of science. He received his medical education from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He is currently in his second year of residency with the Department of Internal Medicine at TTUHSC El Paso.
“I chose to look at residency programs that were close to family that offered opportunities to grow as a physician. TTUSHC El Paso was the perfect fit.”
Whether it be his growing collection of over 45 pairs of sneakers, dedication to weightlifting (he schedules four to five hours a week for workouts) or developing his skills as a physician, Dr. Dang realizes to achieve goals, one must be persistent.
“I think the biggest thing is to keep persevering and moving forward. Things always get progressively harder the more you move forward in life, but adapting to situations and growing are all part of being human.”
Art imitates life for Dr. Dang.
“Sneakers should be more about how difficult it was for the designer to make their dream come into physical reality, or say what design choices they wanted to implement for the wearer, rather than the recognition of owning a certain shoe.”
His dream of becoming a physician and serving the community has become his reality, and he needs no recognition for his success in the medical field – just a nod of appreciation to his favorite style accessory.