Spring GBM #1: Standing Out in the Medical School Application Process

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It’s not too late to get involved! Come to our first GBM of Spring Quarter to hear about our mission and how you can be a part of it. This will also be a great time for any last minute questions you may have about 17′-18′ Executive Board Applications!

Our guest speaker, Rob Humbracht from Passport Admissions, will be giving us creative approaches to the medical school application process. Perfect for anyone who is applying this cycle or anytime in the future!

This is a clinic point event. Hope to see you there!

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.

Clinic report: January 28, 2017 @ Enseñada

Coordinators: Natalie Albasha and Shaddy Malik

Patients seen: 14

We met at the Stein Clinical Parking lot at 6:30am, and had a total of 3 medical cars and one dental car. The medical cars left around 7:15am, but coordinated on their own and drove separate from us. Once we arrived at the clinic, volunteers were instructed to wait outside while officers checked out the clinic to see the extent of damage caused by flooding earlier that month. We found that there was mold in nearly every room and that consult room 2’s ceiling had fallen through. The dental building reported having a damaged part of of their ceiling as well but was much less obvious than in medical and not as large. Co-president Cassidy took pictures of the issues. We were able to provide 2 consult rooms, one in consult room 1 and another in the old pharmacy room with 2 medical providers. We ended up seeing 14 patients in which 9 were children. The children were seen by only Dr. Lieuko as Dr. Trapp preferred to see the adults. We finished clinic around 3:00pm and headed to Tacos El Poblano . We left to the border around 4:30pm and crossed back into the US around 9:00pm. Everyone met at Stein afterwards where I collected the binders, walkie talkies, and patient files.

WINTER GBM #1: A Career in Global Health

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Join us at our first GBM of Winter Quarter to connect with your fellow Flying Sams, earn a clinic point, and hear from our guest speaker! Dr. Dennis Andrade is the director of the Global Health Program at Kaiser Permanente’s Family Medicine Residency Program and a long-time volunteer with Flying Sams. He will be sharing about his past medical trips abroad, future opportunities for you, and answering your questions.

We hope to see you on Monday, January 23rd at 7pm at ERC Room (PC West)!


Coordinators: Nick Sun and Shaddy Malik

Patients seen: 60

Everyone met at Stein parking lot at 6:30am. We gave a brief meeting and introduced everyone to each other.  Every provider and every volunteer showed up except for two. Two volunteers felt very sick in the morning and had to cancel. We left Stein around 7am and headed towards the clinic. We arrived at the clinic, got set up, and started the clinic flow. Around a total of 75 patients signed up and we saw 60. We took a quick break around 2pm and helped out with donations and the piñata outside for the kids. We finished at 5pm and got something to eat and then headed home. We arrived back at Stein parking lot around 11:15. Overall, it was a successful and smooth clinic.


Coordinators: Anthony Talaugon and Andres Perkins

Patients seen: 19

There were a total of 6 cars for this clinic. 5 cars belonged to medical while 1 car belonged to dental. For this trip, dental was not able to bring any dentists due to issues with licenses, but 3 dental officers still joined clinic to prepare the dental room for next month. We met at Stein Clinical parking lot at 6:30am and left for clinic at 7:00am. When we arrived, there were many families waiting to be seen. Public health officers gave a presentation about managing blood glucose levels. One of our co-presidents held an informal talk with patients to discuss our upcoming plans with our garden project. Towards the end of clinic, I had a few volunteers go to the dental building to start organizing donations for next month’s clinic. We finished clinic around 2:00 pm. A total of 19 patients were seen. We went to eat at Tacos El Poblano. We finished eating around 3:00 pm and headed to the Otay border. All of our cars went through the all traffic lane and we did not arrive back at UCSD until 8:30 pm. No cars were lost during the trip. I waited until all cars returned to UCSD and collected binders and walkie-talkies.

CLINIC REPORT: OCTOBER 22, 2016 @ Enseñada

Coordinator: Shaddy Malik

Patients Seen: 25

This clinic, we had 6 cars total (2 dental cars with Pre-Dental Society volunteers, 3 volunteer-driver cars, and a provider’s car) that met up at the Stein Clinical Parking lot at 6:30am, and left around 7:30am.  We arrived to a large amount of children in the waiting room, and were able to provide 2 consult rooms with 2 medical providers and Peter, who is a healer. A large portion of them were there for dental as well. The water for the building was shut off for some reason, which greatly hindered the Dental side. They did not have suction and consequently, it took them about an hour and a half to see their first patient. We ended up seeing 19 patients,   in which 16 were children.  We finished clinic around 2:00pm and headed up the street to Tacos El Poblano. Dr. Lucy Horton drove herself, and I put one of our Officers, Abel Martinez in her car and allowed them to leave early. Abel is an experienced officer who speaks Spanish. We left to the border, and on the way up, a car got separated from the caravan. We were able to contact a person in their car via text and got updates from them until they crossed via the San Ysidro border. The remaining four cars got to the Otay border at around 6:40 and crossed back around 9:15. Everyone met at Stein afterwards and I collected all the binders and walkie talkies and the patient files.

Fall Quarter GBM #3: Mock Clinic


Whether you are a new Flying Sam and want to get an idea of how clinic flow works, or a veteran member looking to brush up your vitals skills – this GBM will be perfect for you! We will be running through a simulation of how clinic works in Ensenada, from taking patient histories to practicing vitals and working in the pharmacy. We will also be discussing cultural awareness and professionalism in the clinic. Don’t miss out – this is a clinic point opportunity!

FALL QUARTER 2016 GBM #2: Navigating the Med School Admissions Process

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Come out to the Red Shoe Room at 7pm on Monday, October 23rd to meet other Flying Samaritans and hear about upcoming events! Our guest speaker, Dr. Ahnika Kline, will be presenting on the Medical School Admissions process. She will take us through the whole timeline, offering insight, advice, and personal experience to each area. Dr. Kline received her MD-PhD from UCSF and is now a resident at UCSD’s VA Hospital.

This is a clinic point opportunity you don’t want to miss!