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Fundraising Committee

Hi Everybody,

Interested in helping with or creating fundraising events with your fellow Flying Sams? If so, come join our Fundraising Committee!

We will be meeting in Conference Room 554a (5th floor of the New Student Center, right above Financial Aid/Croutons, use the elevators) WEDNESDAY, February 1st at 9PM!! If you would like to attend please email me at, and if you get lost the day of call me at (818)730-2272.

We will be discussing our next few fundraising event such as the Taco Fundraiser, Letter Writing Campaign and the Dunk Tank Fundraiser. Fundraising is an important aspect of our organization because it provides us with the support to keep our clinic up to date!

Thank you and hope to see you all soon!

Taco Fundraiser (Yummm!)

We will be having our TACO FUNDRAISER next Friday, February 3rd from 10-3PM on Library Walk (during the Vendor Fair).

We hope that most of you will be able to help us complete our fundraising goals for this event. We need a lot of help and any form of support is appreciated. If you are available to do a shift, please complete this doodle: Also, if you are not able to do a shift, come over during your break and buy a carne asada taco or nachos!

Also, the Facebook Page for this Fundraiser is : Please invite all of your friends and help us make this event a success!!

See you there Flying Sams!

Clinic Report Jan 21st 2012

Date of Clinic: January 21, 2012

Total # of volunteers: 12 volunteers
Names of Volunteers:
Alberto Gomez
Sanminder Singh
Amy Phan
Louisa So
Minh Pham
Phoebe Kim
Emily Barney
Nam Chi Vu
Ksenia Zavorotinskaya
Kiana Pham
Sonny Yoo
Anelah McGinness

# of Health Professionals:
Health Professionals: 1 resident (Cynthia Wilson) 1 dentist (Dr. Raja)

Total Patients Seen: 15
Women: 8
Men: 1
Children: 6

# Special Cases:
Special Cases:
There was a man who came in with psoriasis. It was all around his arms, neck, and armpits.
A 60yo woman has highly uncontrolled diabetes. She also has angina and leg cramps/pain. The resident gave her 3 different medications. The patient didn’t want to take one of the medications given because she said it makes sick.
Besides those two cases, most of the patients came in because of virals or influenzas

Pharmacy: Out of labels and surgical masks

Vitals: need more gloves

Translator: We were short on translators


Histories: The patient history folders were well organized

GBM – January 25, 2012 (1st of Winter Quarter)

The first GBM of winter quarter is coming up! Join all your fellow Flying Sams 8-9:30 PM Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at the Dolores Huerta Room (located within Mandeville Center). Dr. David Rose, a former UCSD admissions committee member, old Flying Samaritan, and the current president of the amazing organization Healing Hearts Across Borders will be coming to speak about his organization.

We will also be having a Tapioca Express (TapEx) boba run after the GBM! Come with us to socialize, grab some great drinks and help raise funds for the Flying Sams!

Jan. 21 Clinic Trip Sign-up/Announcement!

Hi everyone,

The UCSD Flying Samaritans will be holding its next clinic trip on Saturday, January 21st. Here’s the link to sign up (copy and paste into your browser if it doesn’t work):

We meet at UCSD at the corner of Myers and Gilman at 7AM and we will return to UCSD around 8PM. You will need a valid US Passport (non-US citizens need additional documents).

If you have any questions check the FAQ at our website ( or email us at

UCSD Flying Samaritans

Thank you to our donors!

We are happy to announce that the Helmstetter Family Foundation responded to our letter-writing campaign with a $1000 check for the Flying Samaritans at UCSD.

We are also grateful to Torrey Pines Rotary Club and their president Donald Yeckel for their donation of $250.

We mailed 100 family foundations in San Diego asking for donations to support our various projects towards the development of our little clinic in Chapultapec, and it looks like it was just a matter of finding the people who were kind enough to open their hearts to our cause. The funds will be used to purchase needed supplies for the provision of basic medical services for our patients in Ensenada, Mexico.

Clinic Report Dec 10th 2011

Total # of volunteers: 16

# of Health Professionals: 1 + his wife
Health Professionals: Dr. Darren Chambers

Total Patients Seen: 26 patients
Females: 18
Males: 8


Pharmacy: Ran out of sandwich bags for the medications, so LiYin and Amy went to buy some more.

Vitals: Two new blood pressure cuffs and a new scale helped. There weren’t any blood glucose strips, so Ricky and Amy went to buy some more.

Translator: 4 volunteers were native Spanish speakers, which made patient histories pretty accurate and facilitated the flow of patients into and out of clinic. The doctor himself is a Spanish speaker, and did not require a translator.

Seminars: NA

Histories: Crystal and Vanessa, native Spanish speakers, switched off getting patient histories. Amy still working on the patient history labels. She will finish them up in SD. Will switch to manila folders with tabs on the top, switch to organization by birthdate, and get rid of green hanging files.

Other: We almost had to have clinic outdoors due to the roof being incomplete. The entire building was covered, so we could hold clinic indoors, despite some of the building materials being all over the triage room. The mold smell in the pharmacy is much better now. The fiesta went well. Prizes were handed out, face-painting, and a piñata was set up for the kids.

Clinic report Nov 19th 2011

Doctors: 3 residents, Erica Sanford, Gabe, and Sow
Volunteers: 4 cars’ worth, about 17 volunteers
patients: ~25

• patient history keeping system improvement:
o They will be organized by DOB (MM/DD/YYYY) but we’ll still put their name, as given (first, middle, last last) underneath to check their identity when they come back
o Need to get the gallon hanging files to put the files in
• special cases:
o 1yo baby with down syndrome had a hole in the heart common for kids with down syndrome to have heart problems); will get a special toy for her and told her to see a cardiologist; will need surgery; family did not seem to have a problem with getting the surgery
o sister of that baby had stomach problems, suspect H pylori infection (causes ulcers). Gave her some antacids, and told them to come back next month and we need to buy the drugs needed for H pylori treatment and give to her at the Dec 10th clinic
• Issues/news:
o And it rained during the week; there was a waterfall in the dental room it seems and Maria Elena got shocked pretty bad when she went in. need to fix the roof, then can fix up other areas. Blood pressure cuff was wet and broken, scale was also broken; need new ones
o brought down over $10,000 worth of donated meds, from Kingsway and nice new ear thermometers, and glucose strips from Medwish (plus some intubating stuff, amusingly enough) and many brought in by a member with connections to doctors in OC (were not stopped, ran into no problems with the meds; had a customs letter from DIF for each car just in case but we did not need to use it)
o Progress on roof: Anelah gave Maribel from DIF the rest of the donation, Maribel will contact the contractor on Tuesday, then the actual building should take 10 days; they will put our meds in the pharmacy in boxes marked A-G to protect them from the elements and local hooligans while that room is exposed. Hope that we will have new roof before the end of the year.

Toy Drive!

Hi Everybody!

This TUESDAY will be our Toy Drive! And we need as many volunteers as possible to make this happen! It will be from 10-3PM.

Please fill out the doodle, http?://www?.?doodle?.?com/7bd28tzfuugfwnqk . And remember it helps you become eligable for our next clinic trip! This clinic trip will be a very exciting one because we will be hosting a fiesta along with the usual visit.

Please invite your friends on Facebook, http?://www?.?facebook?.?com/events/279488478757372/ . Also, don’t forget to drop of your toys for the children during that day.

If you look for toys over the thanksgiving break, don’t worry you can still donate it! Please drop it off in-front of Anelah’s dorm in Geneva 205 in ERC.

See you guys soon :D!

GBM #2 – November 9th

Hey Flying Sams!

Just a reminder to you all that we will be having our 2nd GBM this WEDNESDAY at 8:30 PM in the DOLORES HUERTA room in the old student center (near porters pub and mandeville coffee cart area). Note that the time has been changed to 8:30 PM due to room availability.

The Guest speaker will be the President of the Palomar Chapter (ie Southern California) of the Flying Samaritans. He will provide lots of insight on the Flying Samaritans and should have some wonderful stories!

We will also be having a TapEX Fundraiser after the meeting and we can all walk over to PC together and do some great fundraising for our club!

Furthermore, committees will be meeting for the first time so make sure to come if you are interested in joining!

PS. We are having a Kripy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser on Tuesday of next week, so if you’d like to purchase a box of doughnuts please bring 10 dollars to the GBM.

Don’t forget to also bring your membership form and membership fee to the GBM.

Hope to see you all there!

The Flying Sams at UCSD