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Newsletter – November 2011


Flying Samaritans UCSD



Hello Flying Samaritans!

We have many new and exciting updates for you!




  1. GBM #2
  2. TapEx Fundriasing Social
  3. Next Clinic Trip- November 19th
  4. Physician Recruiting Event
  5. Medicine Sorting Party
  6. Toy, Clothing, and Goods Drive!
  7. Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser
  8. Announcing Committees!!


1. GBM #2

We will be having our next GBM on Wednesday November 9th (week 7) at 8pm on campus, room TBA. This GBM will focus on the practical aspects of the clinic. We will be teaching you how to take blood pressure and blood glucose levels, and also clarifying what those numbers mean. There will also be a surprise Guest Speaker coming, so it will be a meeting you don’t want to miss. Towards the end, we will be breaking up into committee groups so that the members are aware of everything going on and get more involved in different aspects of flying sams (see below for more info). Hope to see you there!


2. TapEx Fundriasing Social

MMmmmmm Boba, you know you love it! After our GBM (so probably around 9pm) we will be having a TapEx Social so come out, get some boba, and get to know your fellow club members!


3. Next Clinic Trip- November 19th

Our next Clinic trip will be on Saturday November 19th! This is the Saturday after 8th week/before Thanksgiving. This trip is being coordinated by our Vice President, Ricky, and the email for sign up’s will be sent out at a later time. We will have 3 doctors coming along on this trip so it should be a good one!

Due to the high demand in attending clinics, we will be rewarding those members that show a strong commitment to the club. In order to be eligible for this clinic, you must attend 2 of the following events. More info about the events is below in the remainder of the newsletter.


GBM #1 on 10/12

GBM #2 on 11/9

Be a paid member

Participate in Physician Recruiting

Participate in the medicine sorting event

Future Events (will occur after 11/19):

Toy and Clothing Drive

Doughnut Fundraiser


4. Physician Recruiting Event

If you were present at the last GBM you know that we are enlisting the help of members to recruit physicians to join the club. We would like you to go to a doctor’s office, either individually or with other Flying Sammers, and let them know about our club. Going in person often brings more success than simply sending out e-mails and this is a great way to get to know other club members. This is a great opportunity if you are pre-med or pre-dental since you will be interacting with physicians and dentists on a personal level. If interested please e-mail Da Seul at


5. Medicine Sorting Party

We have recently received a large donation of medicine for the club! yay! But now we must sort through the meds in order to know where to put them in the pharmacy. This is a great learning experience especially for anyone interested in pharmacy in the future. note: knowlege of medicine is not necessary to participate in this event, but it will help. Make sure to bring a computer along wih you so that we can quickly look up any unknown meds. We will be sorting through the meds the day before the next clinic, on November 18th at 6pm in the Green Table Room in PC, Friday of week 8. So keep your calendars marked if you are interested!


6. Toy, Clothing, and Goods Drive!

In preparation for our Fiesta/Holiday Clinic, we will be having a toy and clothing drive! These donations will go to the families who go to our Ensenada clinic. If you have any useful donations, we will be tabling on library walk in the near future (times TBA) and you can drop them off there. In addition, you can drop off donations anytime outside of Geneva apt 205 (in iHouse, closer to the gym) until December 10th. All donations are accepted, as long as the items are in reasonable condition!


7. Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser

I wanted to let all of you know of a great fundraiser we will have coming up in the future! Doughnuts! Everyone loves Krispy Kreme, so we will be selling these delicious doughnuts on library walk. You can even reserve an entire box for yourself and your friends. More Info will be sent out about this later and announced at the GBM, but we would love to see our members help us in selling them (Also good news- count as a clinic eligibility event)! So keep this is the back of your mind, as your tastebuds dance with joy.


8. Announcing Committees!!

Are you looking to get more involved with Flying Sams but don’t know how? I’m so excited to let you know that we now have commitees! With the committee you can have say in what we do, how we do it, and take part in planning and executing any events. Fresh ideas are always welcome! All of the committees are vital to the success of the clinic, so if interested I urge you to join! Anyone can join and you can put in however much or little time that you want. Committees will meet after GBMs and will be led by one of our officers. Here are the committees:

Public Health Committee

Responsible for determining what public health presentations to give to the patients of the clinic based on local health problems or any gaps in health education of the population. This is great for anyone interested in international health since you will be the one figuring out important health topics and creating unique ways to relay the information to the patient. Spanish is NOT NECESSARY to join this committee. If interested please email committee head Ricky Lozano at

Physician Recruiting CommitteeÂ

Responsible for getting the word out to local physicians and dentists, telling them about the greatness that is the Flying Sams. Super important committee in determining the number of clincs that we can have in the future. Again, open to anyone and creative ideas are much appreciated. If interested please email committee head Da Seual Park at

Fundraising and Donations Committee

Responsible for the creating and implementing fundraising events for the club around campus. We must fundraise in order to keep a stocked pharmacy! Lots of opportunites here. If interested please email committee head Madlena at

Dentistry Commitee

Responsible for the up and coming dental portion of our clinic. This committee definitley has the most leeway as we are building the dental clinic from basically the ground up. If interested please email Anelah at



Thank you for reading through this ridiculously long newsletter!

PS. Are there any Flying Sam-mers looking to take a Princeton Review Course? If so contact us at to recieve a discount on your class!


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.