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.