FALL QUARTER 2016 GBM #2: Navigating the Med School Admissions Process

Fall GBM 2
Come out to the Red Shoe Room at 7pm on Monday, October 23rd to meet other Flying Samaritans and hear about upcoming events! Our guest speaker, Dr. Ahnika Kline, will be presenting on the Medical School Admissions process. She will take us through the whole timeline, offering insight, advice, and personal experience to each area. Dr. Kline received her MD-PhD from UCSF and is now a resident at UCSD’s VA Hospital.

This is a clinic point opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Clinic Report: October 1, 2016 @ Sonrisa de Angeles Orphanatorio (Tijuana)

Coordinator: Anthony Talaugon
Patients Seen: 27

This was a trip planned in collaboration with Dr. Kabongo, one of our long-time volunteer providers. UCSD Students met at 6:30AM at Stein Clinical Parking Lot. We met Dr. Kabongo and his group of volunteers (two residents, 1 doctor, 1 pharmacist, 1 nurse, 1 dentist, and 1 volunteer) at the McDonald’s before the Otay Mesa Border crossing at 8:00AM. One UCSD car accidentally missed the exit and had to cross the border back into the US to meet us. From there, we caravanned to the orphanage in TJ. As this was our first time at this orphanage it was more of an exploratory trip to gauge the needs of the children. We were not prepared with medication or medical equipment – only stethoscopes, sanitizer, gloves, and pen lights. The flow was unorganized and due to time constraints, some children did not visit all 3 stations (vitals, dental, medical). We did not have patient history forms and took their information down on a notebook to be compiled electronically after the clinic. We had pizza at the orphanage and left for the border around 1:00PM. Dr. Kabongo’s car did not travel with us, however we had print-out directions from google maps: we traveled in a caravan with two other cars from Dr. Kabongo’s group. We got lost on the way back, however we ended up crossing back through the San Ysidro border – one car was stopped for secondaries. The first car got back to UCSD by 4:00pm and the second by 4:30pm. NOTE: Our volunteers will start visiting this new orphanage regularly in collaboration with Dr. Kabongo. Things that can be improved for next time: having a patient history system organized and ready, basic vitals and medical equipment, and our own supply of medication to supplement the one at the orphanage.

Fall Quarter 2016 GBM #1: Care, Service, and Compassion – Volunteering in the Health Care Field

Come join us for the first GBM of the school year and learn about Dr. Trapp’s experiences volunteering abroad through undergrad, medical school, and her career. Find out what issues need to be resolved and what makes volunteering worth it!

When?  Monday, October 3rd, at 7:00 pm
Where? Liebow Auditorium, in the Basic Sciences Building (2nd floor)

This is an opportunity to get your first clinic point of the year! See you there!

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!


Facebook Event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1003626336391945/)


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.


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]