School was a constant struggle and an unpleasant experience for Barrett Howell growing up. After graduating high school, Barrett joined the Army for a chance to get some real life experience. It was during this time his love for knowledge started to blossom.
The discipline, self-motivation and refusal to accept failure that he gained while in the Army has driven Barrett’s new love of learning. After completing his service, Barrett started college and cherished every day he had the opportunity to learn something new. Barrett’s love of learning still drives him every day and he is excited to start on a new journey to become the best physician that he can be.
During college, Barrett was diagnosed with a chronic inflammatory condition and began treatment. He discovered that there was not a single physician in the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care region that treated conditions like his.
After learning this, Barrett realized his experience in the military and his experience with disease would help make him an ideal physician. He plans on earning his board certification in gastroenterology and practice with the Veterans Administration caring for those who need it the most.