Mentorship Program

med student applying for dr. abousaif's mentorship program

what is it?

Medical school helps future doctors acquire the medical knowledge they need for their careers. Today, however, becoming a successful physician requires more than just medical knowledge.


Some of the skills you will need include:

  • The ability to use the knowledge to help you interpret the findings in your patients
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Empathy with patients
  • Good interpersonal manners with colleagues and other team members
  • Desire to continually improve his/her service to patients.


These skills can’t be taught in a lecture or seminar – they must be observed, then exercised and practiced.


That’s where Dr. Abousaif’s Mentorship Program comes in.


This four-week course is a unique opportunity for pre-med and medical students, as well as medical graduates, to spend a month working with Dr. Abousaif as he treats patients from around the world with a wide spectrum of common and rare diseases.


As a mentee, you will observe the care delivered in different settings, including both outpatients in the clinic/surgery center and in-patients in the hospital.


You will learn clinical decision-making skills through close observation of taking patient histories, performing physical examinations, and in the endoscopy lab performing endoscopic procedures, which are an extension to the patient assessment.


During your observer-ship, you’ll interact with Dr. Abousaif for an average of six to eight hours every day, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and experience.


You’ll also meet and interact with nursing staff, office staff, other students, physicians and physician extenders and form a great understanding of the teamwork aspect in gastroenterology and other specialties.


These experiences can help the mentee obtain LORs (based on merit) to help in their objective including matching into a U.S. residency program.

doctors in dr. abousaif's mentorship program
young female doctor from dr. abousaif's mentorship program

Benefits At A Glance

  • See and participate in managing patients
  • Learn on a state-of-the-art Electronic Medical Record
  • Improve patient note-taking skills
  • Improve history-taking skills
  • Discuss Gastroenterology topics and the latest guidelines
  • Familiarize yourself with the U.S. medical system
  • Learn how to interpret basic lab tests and radiology data such as blood, urine serum, and X-rays
  • Improve communication skills and confidence
  • Get familiar with the health system in the United States
  • Learn how to interpret basic lab tests and radiology data such as blood, urine, X-rays, EKG and PFT
  • Develop differential diagnosis and plan
  • Learn how to work in a team of medical professionals
  • Expand your medical knowledge and build on your differential diagnosis
  • Tour the hospital and attend conferences when available
  • Opportunity to publish patient education article in the community newspaper
  • Receive a letter of recommendation (merit-based) at the end of the rotation
  • Enjoy all what Orange County has to offer – from great weather to beaches, amusement parks, international cuisine, and close proximity to major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

your investment

Imagine the wealth of information and experience you will receive during this four-week, career-changing program with one of the country’s foremost gastroenterologists!


Even so, Dr. Abousaif has deliberately kept the cost of the program low so it remains affordable.


Cost of the program is only $1,999. 


Mentorees will be responsible for securing their own travel, as well as room and board.

dr. alaa abousaif overseeing his mentorship program
young doctor applying for dr. abousaif's mentorship program

Eligibility Criteria

  • CV/resume
  • Proof of immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, meningitis, tetanus, varicella, influenza when in season and a recent PPD)
  • Health insurance
  • Ability to travel to the US including the appropriate Visa.
  • Proof of student or graduate status
  • Proficient in English
  • Positive attitude and passion for learning and improving


If you are interested in applying for Dappr. Abousaif’s Mentorship Program, click here contact us for more information, or click below to start the application process.

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