Paul Barreira

I was never accepted to medical school.

After graduating from college I taught in high school and applied to medical schools.  I was wait-listed on every school.  I was disheartened until I received a call from a friend who was accepted to Georgetown’s medical school.

He told me that there were many unfilled positions and the medical school considered students who were wait-listed as accepted students.  He urged me to drive to Washington and present myself to the admissions office.  At the time I didn’t have the chutzpah to follow his advice.  But another friend offered to drive with me to Washington and accompany me to the door of the admissions office.

Four years later at graduation I was presented with the Edward B. Bunn Award for excellence in contribution to community medicine.

So, I’ve learned never to hesitate to share with a friend bad news or difficult times and ask for help.  I would have never shown up in the admissions office without my friends’ companionship.  I’ve kept with me the notion that it is not important if I was the “first chosen” for school or work, what matters is how I get the job done.