Hello Flying Samaritans!

The first meeting of the Fall 2013 semester has passed! Thank you to everyone, new and old members, for coming to the meeting and showing interest in our organization. Our group is growing so fast, and we have many exciting things to look forward to this semester, so I encourage everyone to stay involved and committed because it will definitely be worth it in the end.

I also want to congratulate all members who volunteered at the September 14th Clinic. Over 70 patients were seen by medical providers and over 130 were seen by Optometrists. With that said, over 200 patients were registered and helped by medical professionals this past Saturday all thanks to our amazing volunteers. 

Here is a recap of the meetings on September 9th and 10th:

Officer Introductions:

  •  Ruth Aguilar: President
  • Gabe Vahi: External Vice President
  • Gisela Gonzalez: Internal Vice President 
  • Tu-Uyen Tran: Secretary
  •  Maryam Omar: Treasure
  • Jennifer Cullison: Public Relations
  • Jennifer Felix: Fundraising Chair
  • Hayley Gorman: Fundraising Chair
  • Jose Gonzalez: Public Health
  • Adriana Guzman: Public Health
  • Brandon Nanquil: Pharmacy Chair
  • Jeremy Borbon: Pharmacy Chair
  • Andres Marroquin: Resource Coordinator
  • Mitzi Albano: Clinic Coordinator

What is Flying Samaritans all about:

  • The Flying Samaritans of SDSU is a group of students, alumni, faculty, and medical professionals dedicated to providing free health care to the people of Ejido Matamoros, Mexico through running a monthly medical clinic. 
  • This is a youtube clip of our clinic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVgb1zYkEH8

Membership Requirements

  • Membership Fee ($20)
  • Purchase navy blue scrubs ($15)
  • Attend 1 clinical training 
  • Attend 1 meeting before every clinic
  • Passport
  • Attend a Fundraiser before every clinic
  • Donate $10 for pharmacy supplies every clinic

Clinical Training:

  • To improve the quality of our clinics, we will start having clinical trainings at the end of some general meetings. We will go over the stations and set-ups so that everyone is on the same page with what is expected of you at the clinic and what are the duties at each station. This is a requirement for everyone, even if you’ve been to a clinic before.  You only have to attend 1 clinical training.
  • Below is the Orientation packet was handed out at the meeting. Please print out a copy for yourself if you did not receive one yet, this is your go-to packet if you are unsure about any procedures. Bring the packet with you to the next meeting if you still have to attend a training day. Our next clinical training will take place on Monday, October 7th at the end of the meeting in Aztec Mesa 101 at 6pm. 


  • Running Flying Samaritans is really a huge team effort. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in order for the clinics to run smoothly and efficiently. With that said, the officers are always in need of help to work on projects. We are opening up committee positions for members to take advantage of, if they want to help out. Essentially you will be working with officers such as the Vice Presidents, Fundraising Chairs, Pharmacy Coordinators, Public Health Educators, and Clinic Coordinator with some of their duties as part of a learning experience. You will learn what each position does and how much time and work is needed to fulfill those positions. When it comes time for elections, we will take into account your involvement in these committees. A separate email will be sent for these committees.

Our next meetings will be Monday, September 23rd and Tuesday, September 24th in Aztec Mesa 101 at 6pm. Please mark your calendars!

Our October fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:30am-1pm. You must sign up at the meeting! It is a first come first serve basis. I will have 12 1hr slots on Monday and 12 1hr slots on Tuesday. You must volunteer for one hour at this fundraiser in order to participate at the October clinic. 

Important Dates:

1. Meetings: Monday, September 23rd and Tuesday, September 24th in Aztec Mesa 101 at 6pm. If you want to sign up for the fundraiser, you must attend this meeting.

2. Fundraiser: Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:30am-1pm

3. Clinical Training: Monday, October 7th at 6pm in Aztec Mesa 101.

4. Clinic: Saturday, October 12th in Tijuana, Mexico

Thank you,

Tu-Uyen Tran

SDSU Flying Samaritans Secretary

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