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Clinic Report Oct 15th

The Flying Samaritans at UCSD had another successful trip operating our clinic in Ensenada, Mexico on October 15th. With the help of over 10 volunteers and Dr. Patel, we were able to see 24 patients, and provide them with necessary care. Two children were brought to our clinic with strabismus – they were cross eyed. However, Dr. Patel was able to diagnose them and we were able to provide them with transportation to the Tecate Eye Clinic, also run by the Flying Samaritans. It was fortunate that we they were able to receive attention at a young age, or else they would have had permanent problems with their vision. Afterwards, we began to reorganize our medicine cabinets and we got ready for the winter season with additional cough medicines. Another breakthrough was made in regards to fixing the roof to the clinic. One of the co-presidents of the Flying Sams at UCSD, Anelah McGinness, along with the help of Dr. Patel, the Palomar Chapter president John Muesselman, and Mac Pandergash from Vista Rotary were able to finalize the roof project with our friends from DIF and Rotary sponsors. With the generous help of Rotary, we look forward to the installation of a new roof before the rainy season – a project to which Rotary has donated over $1800. The second trip of the school year was a successful one, and there is hope that the rest of the trips will proceed the same way.

Membership fee/form turn-in

We’ve been receiving quite a few emails from people who want to turn in their membership forms and membership fees in order to become paid members. We’re so glad to have so many members who want to get involved with the Flying Samaritans, we set up two times this week when members can turn in their forms (available here: ; and $25 membership fee.

5PM-5:30PM, Thursday 20 October @ Main Gym betw/ Muir and Revelle (on the right steps, near the bike racks)

6PM – 8PM, Friday 21 October @ Geneva 205 (Ihouse)

Keep in mind, we cannot accept a membership form without the $25 membership fee and vice versa.

Hope to see you then!
Anelah McGinness
Co-president, 2011-12

PS. You can search for these location using the searchable map of UCSD

Officer Positions Open, Application due 10/21

Hello Everybody,

Because of an increase in our clinic trips and a renewed effort to promote public health in Ensenada we have opened up four officer positions in this years board: two openings for Clinic Administrator, one for Public Health Officer, and one for Fundraising Officer. If you are interested in joining the board please review the officer duties and the application instructions. Applications received after 3:00 pm on Friday October 21 will not be considered. Email questions to If you do not receive an email by 10/25 you were not selected for an interview.

Officer duties:

Along with mandatory attendance of bimonthly officer meetings


Coordinates with Treasurer (budget communication)
Organizes on-campus fundraisers

Clinic Administrator

Ensure smooth running and organization of pharmacy
Keep inventory of pharmacy meds/supplies
Print out inventory to bring to clinic and pass out to doctors
Monitor changes in inventory during the clinic (day of) and update inventory in dropbox once back in the US
Maintain inventory of clinic supplies

Public Health Officer

Be able to effectively communicate in Spanish
Learn about public health issues affecting underserved populations in Ensenada, Mexico
Come up with interesting and informative presentations to teach patients about ways to take care of themselves


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION (it may take a while to load, so please be patient).

1) Complete attached application

2) Email completed application to, you can either email the application as an attachment of just copy and paste the completed application to the body of the email

Good Luck!

Sept 17th Clinic report

Total # of volunteers: 16 volunteers ( 5 volunteers from SDSU)
Names of Volunteers:
Nathan Wang
Oleg Stens
Ksusha Zavorotinskaya
Lexie Wang
Kiana Pham
Ricky Lozano
Anelah McGrinness
Sally Kussai-Khoury
LiYin Lan
Alberto Gomez
Theresa Tran

# of Health Professionals:
Health Professionals: 3 (Dr. Patel, Dr. Raja (our first dentist), and Chinnu)

Special Cases:
There was an 87 yo lady that came by herself. It seemed like she doesn’t get that much attention from home.

GBM #1

The Flying Samaritans at UCSD will be having our first GBM Wednesday of 3rd week (Oct 12th) 8PM in the Earl Warren Room on the 3rd floor of Price Center West. You can come learn about our organization and Dr. Patel, our founding doctor and advisor for the past 10 years, will share his experiences.

Sept 3rd Clinic Clean Up!

September 3rd will be our next clinic in Ensenada, and would like to inform you that Flying Sams would love to have you join us! Please fill out the sign-up sheet below if you are interested in coming with us. (If link does not show up, please copy and paste URL onto address bar):

During this clinic, we will be taking care of our outdated meds, sort out the patient histories, and organizing our vitals stations. There will be no overseeing physician, but we will be doing work important to the operation of our clinic. Volunteers who come will get free, yes FREE, membership, and will not pay a clinic fee (a $40 value!!)

Please feel free to contact Angela Yu if you have any questions (! Have a great summer!