Dr. Althobity’ s first exposure to San Diego came when he helped his younger brother get settled in as an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at San Diego State University. Mohammad accepted an Assistant Teaching position at Taif University which sponsored him to take advantage of the educational and training scholarship program to gain additional education and training in the U.S. or Canada. He applied for and was accepted into our CORE (Clinical Observership and Research Education) program at UC San Diego which pairs earning a master’s degree in Clinical Research with focused projects, customized clinical rotations, and structured faculty mentorship within each student’s specialty area of clinical research interest while simultaneously engaging in a personal clinical research project.
When Mohammad arrived to start the program, even though he felt comfortable having been here before, he noticed that other CORE students were struggling to find housing, transportation, and adjust to this new environment. He began mentoring them about safe areas to live, public transportation for those without cars, and even mall locations for shopping. This led him to giving PPT presentations to newcomers at Orientation.
Now that he is graduating and moving on to a five year residency program in Emergency Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Mohammad is working with Dr. Delaney to create a Saudi Physician’s Association at UC San Diego. This association will assist future CORE students with settling in and giving them a support group while they are here.
After he completes his residency, Mohammad will return to Saudi Arabia as a full teaching fellow at the university, and looks forward to sharing his knowledge to improve medical care and educational training in his home country.