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 (http://ucsdflyingsams.com) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UCSD Flying Samaritans
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.
Total # of volunteers: 16
# of Health Professionals: 1 + his wife
Health Professionals: Dr. Darren Chambers
Total Patients Seen: 26 patients
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.
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.
Doctors: 3 residents, Erica Sanford, Gabe, and Sow
Volunteers: 4 cars’ worth, about 17 volunteers
• 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
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.
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!
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
Join us November 22nd on library walk 10AM-3PM to gather donations! You (and anyone else) can come by the table to drop off donations during these days! Alternatively, you can stop by Geneva 205 between now and December 10th (our December clinic trip) at any time, or at any of our events.
If you are interested in helping out with tabling on the 22nd, please fill out this doodle to let us know when you can come!
Doodle link: http://www.doodle.com/7bd28tzfuugfwnqk
Come and join us for our doughnut sale on Tuesday, November 15th (week 8)!
You can help out with our doughnut fundraiser by ordering a box of donuts ($10/dozen) by emailing email@example.com! You can pay either at the GBM on November 9th or at any event. We will have the boxes for them on the 15th for pick up on Library Walk.
Fill out the doodle here if you are planning to attend: Click here!
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.