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

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.

CLINIC REPORT: AUGUST 22, 2015 @ CHAPULTEPEC, ENSENADA

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Medical Patients seen: 17
Volunteers: 28

This trip was supposed to be an MCM trip and had the according number of volunteers selected for that purpose. However, MCM was not able to secure permission for us to use the building before September 10th, and our last resort was to use our regular clinic site. 8/22 was also the scheduled visit of 4 dental students from Western Dental. Consequently, flow of clinic was disrupted by the new layout having to accommodate so many people. Nurse Catherine and Peter could not make it at the last minute, so PA students Gina and Emily were recruited to fill their spots as providers, under the supervision of Dr. Pando. The room where we usually hold histories and vitals was converted into a consult room, though I don’t recommend doing this ever again unless we have partitions, because of the lack of privacy. We changed shifts around 1 or 2. Maria Elena was in charge of calling patients. One car of volunteers went to eat while we waited for patients to be seen by physicians. We concluded clinic around 4, ate tacos, and traveled to the border. Those with passport booklets walked across while those with passport cards drove the cars across the border. We passed without incident and arrived back at school safely.

Clinic Report: August 8, 2015 @ Rosarito (Pharmacy)

Coordinator: Jennifer Corona
Pharm Admin Lead: Dorian Chen

We left Stein Clinic at 7:00 AM. We had no problems with the drive there and got there safely. There, Susan split us up into different groups. Niko and Lisa went to help in the pharmacy, Razaw and Kyra went to shadow doctors and Dorian helped a nurse sort medicine. After a shift change, Dorian went to the pharmacy to work alongside Niko and Lisa, Razaw filed papers and Kyra remained shadowing doctors. The clinic trip ended at 3:00 PM and we left to Main Street in search of tacos. We found a taco stand on Main Street and ate there till 4:00 PM and headed on towards the border. We crossed the border back to the US at 7:00 PM.

Their pharmacy is bigger and serves a lot more patient than ours, around 60-100 patients if I remember correctly. To keep the pharmacy running smoothly, they have strict organizational rules. There are 4 roles in the pharmacy, medicine grabber, medicine filler, label maker, and label checker.

During this trip, they had 2 people who were allowed to bring medicine off and back on the shelves. This ensures that the medicine gets put back on the same spot and that the shelves do not get messy. They also put each respective medicine on a specific spot on the shelf and in a bucket. The bucket allows them to stack the medicine laterally since they do not have a lot of space horizontally. Since each medicine is supposed to be in a specific spot on the shelf, they have labeled the shelf in a letter and number coordinate ie. F5 and have a list of all the medicine so if people can’t find a medicine, they can look it up on the list.

After the medicine grabber gets the medicine that’s needs to be dispensed, they put it in a bucket with the prescription and give it to a medicine filler. The medicine filler fills the prescription and hands the whole bucket to the label maker.

The label maker checks that the correct medicine was used and estimates that the correct number of pills was dispensed. He then makes a label with a computer and label machine.

Lastly, a nurse double checks the label and that the correct medicine is being dispensed before the prescription leaves the pharmacy.

Outside the pharmacy, someone is in charge of recording down the number of dispensed medicine and gives it out to the patient.

Something we can implement in our pharmacy is by adding the stations. Our pharmacy is a lot smaller so I’m not sure how effective that is vs having 1 or 2 people doing all the jobs. Adding the buckets could also make the pharmacy more organized. Something we should definitely add is the label printer machine. Rosarito pharmacy says its super useful and makes making labels a lot easier.