2014-15 Ralph’s Fundraiser – Get 1 Clinic Point!

Hello Flying Samaritans Members,
Fall quarter is right around the corner and we hope you all have been having a fantastic summer. It’s the start of a new school year and that means you can register or re-register for the Ralph’s On-going fundraiser by following the instructions below. Once you complete the process, you can screenshot and email a picture of the confirmation page to our secretary, My Phung, at myphung2@yahoo.com for 1 clinic point. The process only takes a couple of minutes and anytime you purchase at Ralph’s, a portion will be donated to Flying Samaritans at UCSD. 
1.      Log in to www.ralphs.com
2.      Click on ‘Create an Account’
3.      Follow the 5 easy steps to create an online account
4.      You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
5.      After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to www.ralphs.com and click on ‘my account’ (you may have to sign in again first).
6.      View all your information and edit as necessary
7.      Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a.      Community Rewards
b.      Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions
c.      Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
1.      Log in to www.ralphs.com
2.      Click Sign In
3.      Enter your email address and password
4.      Click on ‘My Account’ (In the top right hand corner)
5.      Click on Account Settings
6.      View all your information and edit as necessary
7.      Link your card to your organization by clicking on:
a.      Community Rewards
b.      Edit my community contribution and follow the instructions
c.      Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name
Thank you,
Community Contributions Staff
Thank you all and hope everyone has a great rest of the summer! 
Treasurer: Esther Vela, Secretary: My Phung, Co-fundraisers: Shannon Zhang and Michelle Lee, and Publicity: Mana Khajavi and Christopher Carlson

Dental Report: June 28, 2014

IMG_3217I had always been interested in attending one of the trips to Ensenada to volunteer in the Flying Sams’ dental clinic, but I was intimidated about not being picked to attend. However, I decided to sign-up for one the trips that took place at the end of June, and it was a decision that I was glad to have made. I was able volunteer as a chair-side assistant for the day. It was a great experience, and I cannot wait to do it again. It was such a rewarding opportunity to help these patients whom had gone years without seeing a dentist. They were truly grateful for the dental work and oral health instruction that we provided them.

The clinic was a lot smaller than I had originally expected since there is only one room where x-rays are done, the instruments are stored, and the patients are treated. When we initially arrived, we thought that it was going to be a slow clinic session because there were only a few patients in the waiting room. However, as the day progresses, more patients showed up, and the waiting room had families with children that came in for exams and cleanings. It was a long, productive day since we were able to see all nine patients, and we did not leave clinic till 6 p.m. Most of the procedures were cleanings, but we also extracted some baby teeth and did a composite filling. Many of the patients were scheduled to return the next clinic session to get their cavities filled. IMG_3216

Some of the procedures took longer than expected because the chair was needed for x-rays, so we had to wait to do seat patients for their treatment. In addition, many of the x-rays had to be retaken because we had difficulty developing them, which is why we had to schedule patients to return in order to get their caries filled. One of the most memorable parts of the trip was giving oral health instruction for the first time in Spanish. I have always been hesitant about using my Spanish in clinic because I am still learning dental terminology, but I was able to teach the patients how to properly brush and floss their teeth.

Bianca Duarte IMG_3277

Dental Report: June 21, 2014

Dentists: Dr. Megan Burns
Managers:  Alberto Jorge Espindola, Sonia Ventura
Volunteers: Julia Freidenberg, Patrick Anghel, Aries Lu, Andrew Mikhail, Valeria Lopez-Ramirez
X-ray Tech: Mathew Baldwin
Procedures: COE (x), BW (x), PA (x), Comp (x), Ext (x), Fluoride Varnish (x8), OHI (x)

Looking back at my first trip with Flying Sams and PDS, I am so impressed and honored to be a part of such a dedicated group. I was not sure what to expect at clinic in regards to materials, patients, or even doctors. I am genuinely touched by the tremendous efforts of anyone involved in the building of this clinic. The location was somewhere near Ensenada and was a little over 2 hours driving from the border. The building housed 5 rooms each dedicated to a specific field (pharmacy, medical, consultation, x-ray sterilization, and dental). It was busy in the waiting room by the time we got there, yet somehow the chaos was kept at bay with translators and various stations available for the patients to rotate through.

The day was long. It took roughly double to triple the time it normally would to examine and treat a patient. The prolonged time was due to wait time on x-ray film development and some sterilization hiccups. For instance, we are restricted to a manual autoclave. We had to clean our one periosteal which does not lend itself well to back to back extraction cases!

However, to expedite the procedures we would take x-rays on multiple kids (getting them in and out of the chair fairly quick) while waiting for them to develop.   We would also anesthetize one, then seat a different child in the chair, take x-rays, finish the previous child’s treatment etc.

Dr. Megan BurnsThis leads me to our next overview—all of the patients seen on Saturday were kids! We were SO EXTREMELY lucky to have Dr. Megan Burns as our pediatric dentist. I cannot emphasize enough how grateful we are for her services. Her infectious personality inspired all of us to keep working hard and diligently. She had quite the positive impact on the children as well with fun metaphors and calming techniques. Dr. Megan was extremely attentive and we learned one can observe a lot about a patient (specifically children) just by body language.

The whole day overall was pretty fluid.   We would set up trays and break down the chair with hustle! I was really proud of chairside assistants and x-ray technicians. Everyone knew their duty, instruments and procedures in a knowledgeable way. Everyone was exposed to both amalgam and composite fillings on children as well as extractions. The families and kids were so gracious for the care provided, giving us hugs and kisses—it was so sweet.

The only drawback was that absolutely no one spoke English! So all of us who aren’t proficient in Spanish did our best to find creative ways to interact with the kids (broken Spanglish included). We also had to end the day “early.” Our last two patients got x-rays taken with the hopes of treating them next visit.   Something with the pump or vacuum malfunctioned at the very end so no water or suction was available. Fortunately, neither of them were experiencing unbearable pain so they can wait for treatment until next time.

After clean-up we explored a fish market and ate the best authentic Mexican food I’ve ever had in my life. The whole trip was a worldly experience I would like to repeat as many times as I am able to! To put it simply: How was it? Answer: Simply amazing.

I would encourage any and all to come and help out. It is one of the most fulfilling days I’ve had at a clinic, truly. Thank you to Flying Sams for creating such a helpful and accessible treatment facility for those in need.


Julia Freidenberg

Needed Items

  • Pediatric Rubber Dam & Frame
  • Intermediate Bite Block
  • Molt
  • Curing Light Barriers
  • Small Wedges
  • Extra Short Needles
  • Sectional Matrix Bands (Kidney Bean)
  • Longer Trashcan

Dental Report: May 24, 2014

Dentists: Dr. Ivan Celis, Dr. Guadalupe Marquez
Managers: Selena Lopez (patient flow), Sonia Ventura (tray set-ups)
Volunteers: Cao Diem, Andrew Mikhail, Sam (Tengfei) Su, Kristen Young, Mari (Dr. Marquez’s assistant)
X-ray Tech: Cao Diem
Patients: 19
Procedures: COE (x8), BW (x2), Comp (x3), Ext (x), Fluoride Varnish (x7), Amal (x4)

IMG_2497On May 24th, 2014 we attended a one-day clinic trip in Ensenada, Mexico. We arrived at 9:30 AM and departed at 4:30 PM. There were two dentists, two managers, and five dental assistants. Since medical did not come down with us, one of the medical rooms was used for fluoride varnish and OHI. In total we saw thirteen patients and we applied varnish to eight patients. Most patients in the waiting room were seen except for four children that will most likely be coming back to the June 21st clinic. When I did a preliminary check up on the four children, they all had holes and decay on most of their molars on the top and the bottom, but there was not enough time to treat them. Overall, the clinic ran smoothly, but there needs to be improvement in terms of efficiency with the x-ray tech and the chairside assistant in order for the dentists to see more patients during the limited time in clinic.


Andrew Attaalla Mikhail

Spring Benefit Banquet

The UCSD Flying Samaritans would like to cordially invite you to our Spring Banquet on Issues in Public Health: effective aid and cardiovascular disease trends in developing countries


Dr. Kate Murray, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Family and Preventative Medicine:
How to design effective public health programs in underserved communities

Dr. Michael Criqui, MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor and Chief of Preventive Medicine:
Comparing trends of cardiovascular disease in developed and developing countries


Please save the date, May 13th, 2014 @ 7pm. The event will be hosted at the UCSD Multipurpose Room in the Student Services Center.


Please Check our FB event here!