Spring GBM #1: Your Experience Outside of the Classroom

Hey Flying Sams!

Our first GBM of spring quarter has arrived! In addition to some important updates and announcements we have for you guys, we will also be having Dr. Adrian Sanchez from the Princeton Review provide some advice and insight on volunteering and extracurricular activities in relation to a future career in the health care field.

We encourage you guys to ask yourselves what your purpose is behind the volunteer work and extracurricular activities you partake in. Do you enjoy them? Do you not? How can your experiences outside of the classroom shape you and your career path? In turn, how can you make a difference in the activities you do partake in? These are some questions Dr. Adrian Sanchez may address!

Come ready to ask some questions and participate in a discussion!

 

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Recalling the 1st Annual School Supply Distribution

The effort was minute, unplanned, and not in our budget. The school season was starting soon and for many students school supplies were hard to access. I remember being excited at the beginning of each school season because we could shop for school supplies.

My roommate and I walked into a store in a search for food one day and instead saw the endless shelves of Back-to-school sales. By sheer serendipity, this fond memory became a flurry of action and thought. We grabbed two carts full of school supplies. We counted and then counted again to make sure we had 20 of everything. We focused on supplies they could use. Our promotora in Ensenada said there was a greater need.  We had little more self-funding that was free so we pushed it to 40-60  students.

We purchased pencil boxes, crayons, notebooks, and pencils. We boxed the crayons and pencils into the pencil cases. We brought it across the border and we delivered it on our August clinic trip. We took pictures for posterity and we wrote their names and ages down for DIF (Desarollo Integral Familia). Their ages ranged from 5 to 15 years of age. Their joy and appreciation shine through in the pictures. I could not have found a better use of our time and resources.

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Perhaps next year, with the proper funding and planning we can reach more people in the community. Until then, be thankful and humble for all your possessions and resources.

[August 2015]

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Flying Samaritans volunteers at the San Diego Food Bank-Officer Test Run-October 31, 2015

Yesterday, officers (and non-UCSD volunteers) volunteered for 2 hours at the San Diego Food Bank in Mira Mesa. One group packaged different food items into 357 boxes for Seniors 60+ and over. Another group packaged onions into nets. This translates to 10,710 lbs of food with 3,000 lbs of onions; totalling 13,710 lbs of food in under 1.50 hours.

We deemed the project successful, fun, and rewarding. Thus, we will have these events available for our members to earn points towards clinic or just to volunteer to combat hunger in San Diego. Whatever your reasons, stay tuned for more events with the San Diego Food Bank.

MORE PICTURES OF OUR TIME AT THE SD FOOD BANK

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT BLOG FROM THE SAN DIEGO FOOD BANK WEBSITE: FLYING SAMARITANS AT UCSD

UPDATE: Scheduling with the SD Food Bank is trickier than anticipated. Our next Food Bank trip will be February 23rd and April 16th 2016. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Clinic Report: September 26, 2015 @Chapultepec

Coordinator: Kiana Pham
Total Patients Seen: 19

We all met up at 6:30 am. Two drivers showed up about 15-20mins late, but they did inform us. Everyone signed the liability forms. Instructions for the walkie-talkies and binders were given to the drivers. Dr. Andrade and three residents also came on time. We gave all of them FS t-shirts. We waited until 7:15 am for the pharmacist, but he/she never showed. There was some miscommunication about confirming the trip. All five cars caravanned down to Ensenada, Mexico with no problem. We arrived around 9:45 am and started setting up for the clinic. With three residents seeing patients at the same time and Dr. Andrade signing off, we finished seeing 19 patients around 1 pm. We finished cleaning up, took a group pictures, headed to get tacos, and left around 3 pm. We took the Otay border crossing. There were some miscommunications about which rest stop to meet up before we get to the border. We used to name the toll booths A, B, and C instead for saying first and last. Three cars with passport cards took the ready lane and dropped off the providers and some volunteers off to walk across. The other two cars took the regular all access lane. We all crossed around 6 pm and the last car got to UCSD at 6:30 pm. All the binders and walkie-talkies were collected and logged. Gave the walkie-talkie and binder bins to Lynhea. Connie has all the patient files.
Side note: A few officers were chosen but never confirmed/showed up to the pre-clinic meeting. One didn’t notify the clinic coordinator that they couldn’t’ make it to the clinic until they were contacted again. Another never replied.

Clinic Report: August 29, 2015 @Chapultepec, Ensenada

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Coordinator: Nicholas Sun
Total Patients Seen: 23

We left Stein Clinical around 7:15 because we were waiting on PA students and one volunteer. We waited for them for about 30 minutes before deciding to depart. The PA students never showed up due to a miscommunication. Since we had three people not show up, we ended up fitting everyone in three cars instead of four. When we arrived at the clinic, there were already 20 patients signed up. All the volunteers were given their assignments and we got started promptly. Unfortunately, we only had one provider and no pharmacist, so Dr. Arment had a lot of patients to see. Dental did not go with us on this trip so the clinic was not crowded at all and everything was running smoothly. I had everyone switch to their second shift after seeing 14 patients, which was around 12:45 pm. By the time of the second shift switch, we had no more patients to go through histories and vitals. Those volunteers waited patiently for the community walk around and de-pilled. Before the walk around happened, we had to go on a pharmacy run. After the run, Maria Elena and the chosen volunteers went on the walk around. Three patients left early and were not seen, but we finished seeing all the patients around 3:30. The volunteers that went on the walk around informed me that it was eye-opening to see how the community was laid out. After taking pictures and cleaning up the clinic, we went to get tacos until 4:30. Upon arriving at the Otay Mesa border, we had passport card holders drive through the ready lane while all the book holders walked across. The lines for both were very short, and there were no issues for the walkers. For the people that went through the ready lane, the border patrol officer was being very strict and checked each car’s drunk for medication. We did not have any medication on us so there was no trouble. We all arrived back at Stein safely at 8:20 and all walkie talkies and binders were collected.