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Clinic report: January 28, 2017 @ Enseñada

Coordinators: Natalie Albasha and Shaddy Malik

Patients seen: 14

We met at the Stein Clinical Parking lot at 6:30am, and had a total of 3 medical cars and one dental car. The medical cars left around 7:15am, but coordinated on their own and drove separate from us. Once we arrived at the clinic, volunteers were instructed to wait outside while officers checked out the clinic to see the extent of damage caused by flooding earlier that month. We found that there was mold in nearly every room and that consult room 2’s ceiling had fallen through. The dental building reported having a damaged part of of their ceiling as well but was much less obvious than in medical and not as large. Co-president Cassidy took pictures of the issues. We were able to provide 2 consult rooms, one in consult room 1 and another in the old pharmacy room with 2 medical providers. We ended up seeing 14 patients in which 9 were children. The children were seen by only Dr. Lieuko as Dr. Trapp preferred to see the adults. We finished clinic around 3:00pm and headed to Tacos El Poblano . We left to the border around 4:30pm and crossed back into the US around 9:00pm. Everyone met at Stein afterwards where I collected the binders, walkie talkies, and patient files.

WINTER GBM #1: A Career in Global Health

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Join us at our first GBM of Winter Quarter to connect with your fellow Flying Sams, earn a clinic point, and hear from our guest speaker! Dr. Dennis Andrade is the director of the Global Health Program at Kaiser Permanente’s Family Medicine Residency Program and a long-time volunteer with Flying Sams. He will be sharing about his past medical trips abroad, future opportunities for you, and answering your questions.

We hope to see you on Monday, January 23rd at 7pm at ERC Room (PC West)!


Coordinators: Nick Sun and Shaddy Malik

Patients seen: 60

Everyone met at Stein parking lot at 6:30am. We gave a brief meeting and introduced everyone to each other.  Every provider and every volunteer showed up except for two. Two volunteers felt very sick in the morning and had to cancel. We left Stein around 7am and headed towards the clinic. We arrived at the clinic, got set up, and started the clinic flow. Around a total of 75 patients signed up and we saw 60. We took a quick break around 2pm and helped out with donations and the piñata outside for the kids. We finished at 5pm and got something to eat and then headed home. We arrived back at Stein parking lot around 11:15. Overall, it was a successful and smooth clinic.


Coordinators: Anthony Talaugon and Andres Perkins

Patients seen: 19

There were a total of 6 cars for this clinic. 5 cars belonged to medical while 1 car belonged to dental. For this trip, dental was not able to bring any dentists due to issues with licenses, but 3 dental officers still joined clinic to prepare the dental room for next month. We met at Stein Clinical parking lot at 6:30am and left for clinic at 7:00am. When we arrived, there were many families waiting to be seen. Public health officers gave a presentation about managing blood glucose levels. One of our co-presidents held an informal talk with patients to discuss our upcoming plans with our garden project. Towards the end of clinic, I had a few volunteers go to the dental building to start organizing donations for next month’s clinic. We finished clinic around 2:00 pm. A total of 19 patients were seen. We went to eat at Tacos El Poblano. We finished eating around 3:00 pm and headed to the Otay border. All of our cars went through the all traffic lane and we did not arrive back at UCSD until 8:30 pm. No cars were lost during the trip. I waited until all cars returned to UCSD and collected binders and walkie-talkies.

CLINIC REPORT: OCTOBER 22, 2016 @ Enseñada

Coordinator: Shaddy Malik

Patients Seen: 25

This clinic, we had 6 cars total (2 dental cars with Pre-Dental Society volunteers, 3 volunteer-driver cars, and a provider’s car) that met up at the Stein Clinical Parking lot at 6:30am, and left around 7:30am.  We arrived to a large amount of children in the waiting room, and were able to provide 2 consult rooms with 2 medical providers and Peter, who is a healer. A large portion of them were there for dental as well. The water for the building was shut off for some reason, which greatly hindered the Dental side. They did not have suction and consequently, it took them about an hour and a half to see their first patient. We ended up seeing 19 patients,   in which 16 were children.  We finished clinic around 2:00pm and headed up the street to Tacos El Poblano. Dr. Lucy Horton drove herself, and I put one of our Officers, Abel Martinez in her car and allowed them to leave early. Abel is an experienced officer who speaks Spanish. We left to the border, and on the way up, a car got separated from the caravan. We were able to contact a person in their car via text and got updates from them until they crossed via the San Ysidro border. The remaining four cars got to the Otay border at around 6:40 and crossed back around 9:15. Everyone met at Stein afterwards and I collected all the binders and walkie talkies and the patient files.

Fall Quarter GBM #3: Mock Clinic


Whether you are a new Flying Sam and want to get an idea of how clinic flow works, or a veteran member looking to brush up your vitals skills – this GBM will be perfect for you! We will be running through a simulation of how clinic works in Ensenada, from taking patient histories to practicing vitals and working in the pharmacy. We will also be discussing cultural awareness and professionalism in the clinic. Don’t miss out – this is a clinic point opportunity!

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

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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!