Category Archives: Clinic Reports

Clinic Report: July 15, 2017 @ Rancho de Los NiÑos Orphanage

Coordinator: Andres Perkins

This was a very easy and fun trip, we had an activity day with the kids at Rancho De Los Ninos. These included: soccer, paper airplane competitions, slime making (corn starch + water), nail painting, swing pushing, card playing, and anything else the kids asked us to do. We felt that this trip is important so that we can build a lasting and continuous relationship with them. We also used some funds to provide the orphanage with requested donations such as fresh vegetables and meat, which we picked up at a local supermarket.


Clinic Report: September 30, 2017 @ Ensenada

Coordinator: Anjali Herekar

Patients seen: 17

This was a longer clinic, with many pediatric as well as adult cases. We started off with a public health presentation which was about 10 minutes long. We had some returning patients and many new patients as well. We also had a larger amount of pediatric cases this clinic. We saw a returning patient who had an amputated leg, so we could not take her weight but had to ask for her best estimate. We sent all of our providers in the first car so they could get back into the US quickly. The last three cars all used the all-traffic lanes to cross back into the border, with a total wait time of about 3 hours. The last three cars got back a little past 9 pm. At clinic, we used paper records to take patient histories and vitals, because the wifi is still not working at the clinic site buildingSome information is only on the electronic records currently, so in some cases we had to have the physicians obtain the same information again onto paper records. We ended clinic around 2 pm, a bit before dental. 

Clinic Report: October 28, 2017 @ Ensenada

Coordinator:  Shaddy Malik

Patients seen: 22

We had an early car leave at 5:30 to head down to set up the clinic. The other 3 cars for volunteers met on campus at 5:30 and we left around 6:00, took one bathroom break after toll B, and arrived at the clinic at around 8:30 am. With the 4 providers, we were able to see 22 patients in total before leaving at 3:50 pm. We ate at the usual taco shop and left for the border around 5:30 pm. The border took about 30 mins for the 2 cars that went through the ready lane, and 1 hour and a half for the all traffic cars. By the time all cars crossed and got back to campus it was 10:00 pm. 

Clinic Report: June 3, 2017 @ Rancho de los niÑos orphanage

Coordinator: Shaddy Malik

Patients seen: 30

We had an early car leave at 4:30 to head down to our normal clinic site to drop off Pharm admits to clean the pharmacy and dispose of old meds. The early car also picked up meds and equipment we would need at the orphanage. The other 3 cars met on campus at 5:30 and leave towards the boarder that 6. We ended up arriving at the orphanage at 8:30 but couldn’t see any patients until 9:30 because the children were eating breakfast. The day started slow due to some miscommunication with the caretakers, but eventually Public Health Officers went around compiling a list of kids to be seen. In total we saw 30 patients before leaving. We ate at a taco shop in Rosarito on the way back to the states. We left clinic at 2:30, ate at 3:30 and left to the boarder at 4:30. The line was very fast and only took 30mins for all cars to cross. We arrived back on campus at 6:30pm. 


Coordinator: Anika Balse

Patients seen: 25

We had an early car leave at 5:30 to head down to set up the clinicThe other 2 cars for volunteers met on campus at 5:30 and after waiting for the pharmacist, who eventually did not show up, we left around 6:00, took one bathroom break before the first toll, and arrived at the clinic at around 8:00 am. The 3 providers drove to the clinic separately and arrived around 9:00 am, so we did not see patients until 9:15 am. In total we saw 25 patients before leaving at 1:50 pm. We ate at the usual taco shop and left for the border around 2:40 pmhe border took about 45 minutes to cross. We used the ready lane while volunteers without passport cards walked across the border with officers. By the time all cars crossed it was 5:15 pm. All cars headed back to UCSD or to drop off volunteers where they lived.


Coordinators: Anthony Talaugon

Patients seen: 16

Due to no parking on campus from graduation, our plan was to carpool with everyone who needed a ride. Our goal was to leave by 6:00am, but we did not leave until 6:15am. Our three cars caravanned together down to Mexico, took one bathroom break near the second toll, and arrived at clinic at approximately 8:45am. We only had one medical provider this trip so the flow of clinic was slower. Furthermore, we only had one dental provider limiting the amount of patients we could see to 6. Medical saw 16 patients and we left clinic at 2:45pm. After eating lunch across the street we headed to the border at 3:40pm. The border took about 45 minutes to cross. We used the ready lane while volunteers without passport cards walked across the border with officers. By the time all cars crossed it was 6:45pm. All cars headed back to UCSD or to drop off volunteers where they lived.


Coordinators: Andres Perkins

Patients seen: 26

Four cars with general members, officers, and a pharmacist met at Stein Parking lot, UCSD at 5:30am and arrived at clinic at about 9:00am. Providers drove themselves with an officer and got there at around 9:30am. Everything was flowing well starting at around 9:45am. Histories/Vitals were finished about two hours before providers were (we saw many patients, and there were supposed to be 3 providers, but one dropped). I sent one wave (with multiple officers) to eat before, so that there wouldn’t be people waiting around and talking loudly. Public Health had a presentation and Dental was very busy, leaving at 6:00pm. Providers left with two officers and did not get tacos. The three other cars stopped to get tacos, then at a pharmacy to dispose of expired medication. We got lost for about 10 minutes, but an officer used Google Maps to get us on track. We took highway 1 up to the San Ysidro border, which was a complicated route with heavy traffic and many traffic lights. We have decided to not take that route anymore. All cars got back by 8:30pm besides dental, which got back at around 11:00pm.


Coordinators: Nick Sun

Patients seen: 23

Everyone met at Stein parking lot at 5:30am. I had an early car leave at 5:30 to set up the clinic. We gave a brief meeting and introduced everyone to each other.  Every provider and every volunteer showed up. We left Stein around 6am and headed towards the clinic. We arrived at the clinic and started the clinic flow. Around a total of 23 patients signed up and we saw all of them. Clinic ran very smoothly and EMR was also running efficiently. In Mexico, it was the day of the kids and we provided some candy, a piñata, and cake. We finished at 2pm and got something to eat and then headed home. We arrived back at Stein parking lot around 7:30pm. Overall, it was a successful and smooth clinic.

Clinic Report: March 25, 2017 @ Enseñada

Coordinators: Anthony Talaugon

Patients seen: 15

A majority of the volunteers and all 4 providers met at the Stein Clinical Parking lot at 5:30am. An earlier group that consisted of a co-president, Jennifer Corona, and 4 volunteers met at 5:15am and departed at 5:30am in order to set up clinic before the rest of the group arrived. The larger group, consisting of 3 cars, left UCSD at 6:00am and arrived at clinic around 8:30am. When we arrived there were only a few patients present who were signed up for medical treatment, while the rest of the patients trickled in throughout the day. We possibly will need to clarify to Maria Elena that we will be starting clinic earlier so that more patients are signed up by the time we get there. Sending an earlier car was useful and allowed clinic to begin faster. A total of 15 medical patients were seen. 7 of the patients were children. Dr. Pfeiffer only treated the children while Dr. Horton and Dr. McCauley only treated the adults. Dental saw 10 patients. We left clinic around 2:00pm, ate lunch at Tacos El Poblano, and headed to the border. Our co-president, Cassidy Koo, drove a car with only the providers on the way back because she had a passport card and could help providers get home faster. We got to the border around 5:00pm, crossed, and got back to UCSD around 8:30pm.

Clinic Report: February 25, 2017 @ Enseñada

Coordinators: Andres Perkins and Natalie Albasha

Patients Seen: 18

We left Stein in two waves, planned as a 5am wave and a 645am wave. This was due to a short-notice declaration by the Mayor of Ensenada that he was going to visit the clinic site at 9am. We would have all left early, but some providers were not comfortable with waking up so early/ driving in the dark. One of the drivers arrived late to the 5am wave, but they still got there at about 9am and saw about two patients until the second got there. There was a little bit of disorganization and confusion as we set up. This was due to one of the consult rooms being damaged by the recent rain (which we ended up using as a consult room anyway, as suggested by the provider using it), the Mayor walking around with members of Rotary Vista and Rotary Ensenada, and setting up of EMR. This was the first trip that EMR was to be implemented, and there were many problems. First, there were syncing issues due to login problems, volunteers were unprepared (which was my fault), and there was syncing issues between the pharmacy, lab, and consult stations. We eventually switched back to paper for the last half of the clinic. I sent the providers back early (due to requests) with Juan Moreno, a Spanish-speaking officer with cell service in Mexico, that knew the way back. Also, Dr. Horton drove herself and Abel across, since they both could go in the sentry lane. They got back around 730pm. The rest of us ate tacos and got back around 830pm.