They both work at GeorgiaRegentsUniversity Hospital in Augusta , Georgia – Tamara, 30, in her third year of residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Tara, 28, a Registered Diagnostic Sonographer, specializing in high risk Obstetrics and Gynecology. “They have always been close, being the youngest girls in the family,” said their father Howard Hughes. “They managed to end up working together.”
Similar Talents, Similar Likes
The two sisters have shared many things, especially their stellar academic performance, in both high school and college. They both attended PrincetonHigh School, and then XavierUniversity in New Orleans -- for their undergraduate work.
They were both academic powerhouses in high school. Tara graduated from high school with an “honors diploma;” was a member of the National Honor Society, Latin Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Tamara graduated from high school as a member of the National Honor Society; received the American Red Cross Youth Scholarship and Archdiocese of Cincinnati Scholarship.
In college, where they were both Pre-Med, their stellar academic achievement continued. Tara graduated Magna Cum Laude from with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry Pre-Med; was on the Dean’s List every semester; and was a member of the Alpha Epsilon National Premedical Honor Society. Tamara, as an undergraduate, was a member of the Alpha Epsilon National Premedical Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and several other honor societies.
“I knew I wanted to be a doctor since I was about 5 or 6 years old,” Tamara said. “I always had a feeling I was going to be a doctor and deliver babies. There was a show that was on in 1995
called `A Baby Story,’ that followed mothers during their pregnancy through delivery. I watched it every day. I loved that show."
After college, both girls pursued rigorous training programs, but in preparation for different roles in obstetrics andgynecology. Tara headed to Newark , Ohio , where she received her training as a sonographer (or ultrasound technician). She was only one of only 12 students accepted into CentralOhioTechnicalCollege . She earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Tamara traveled to Washington, DC to attend medical school at HowardUniversityCollege of Medicine, where shewon the Outstanding Service and Leadership Award, and the HowardUniversity Student Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology Award.
After medical school Tamara began her residency at GeorgiaRegentsUniversityHospital in Augusta , Georgia. She was named Intern of the Year for 2011-2012, an honor given to a first year resident who displays excellence in OB/GYN specialty, test scores on the OB/GYN exam and the votes of the OB/GYN faculty.
When Tara was close to graduating from her two-year program in sonography, she and Tamara began to talk about where she would look for a job. By that time, Tamara was at the end of her intern year of residency, when she heard about a job opening for a sonographer at her hospital.
“When she was in school in Newark , I always wanted her to come down here,” Tamara said. “I just happened to hear one of the people in the ultrasound department say she was leaving. I told Tara to apply then, in June 2012.
"I mentioned that Tara got straight A’s at both colleges she attended and that she graduated Magna Cum Laude from her Bachelor’s degree program, and that she is really hard working. They interviewed her and really liked her.”Both Tamara and Tara say they love living in the same city
again, and working together. “We get a chance to interact during the day,’ Tamara said. “Sometimes my patients are scanned by her.The ultrasound department is just around the corner from the OB/GYN Office at the hospital.”
“We both love our jobs,” Tara said. “I like to bop down the hall and see what Tamara is doing when she is in clinic, and she does the same with me. Sometimes we are mistaken for each other.”
Going Into Practice Together
Tamara’s four-year residency will be over July 2015. She plans to join an established OB/GYN group practice. When she does go into practice herself, she plans to hire Tara as an ultrasound operator.
“Because sonograms are so much a part of each pregnancy, many obstetricians buy or lease ultrasound machines and have sonographers on staff,” Tamara said. “It would be great for us to build a practice together.”
Tara agrees. Although she performs many other diagnostic scans as a part of her job, her favorite patients are mothers-to-be.
“I like seeing the pregnant patients,” Tara said. “You only receive two ultrasounds during a normal pregnancy – at the beginning to confirm your baby’s due date, and then at 20 weeks to check the baby’s development. It’s so much fun to share that moment when the mom first sees her baby!”
Their dad Howard Hughes summed it up when he said, “I’m really proud of my daughters, and the wonderful things they are doing with their lives. The fact they are working together makes it even more special.”