Frequently Asked Questions
What is Flying Samaritans?
Flying Samaritans commonly referred to as Flying Sams is an international organization made up of several different chapters, all sharing the common goal of improving access to healthcare for communities in Baja California, Mexico. Students, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals travel monthly to medical and dental clinics throughout Baja California to provide free healthcare to people who otherwise do not have access to medical care.
Where is the SDSU Clinic?
The clinic is approximately 15 minutes over the Otay Mesa border crossing in a town called Ejidos Matamoros.
Is it safe to travel to Mexico?
Here is a travel warning for US citizens traveling to Mexico: Click Here
Safety of volunteers is the number one priority of the Flying Samaritans of SDSU. We will only be traveling as a group 15 minutes into Mexico during daylight hours.
When are the clinics?
Our clinics are held every 2nd Saturday of the month. If any changes are to occur, it will be posted under Announcements on our home page.
As a volunteer, what will I do at the clinic?
Depending on the station you are assigned, you can do a variety of things to help at clinic. Here are just a few of the things you can do at each station:
- Registration: Help register patients, create new patients files
- Triage: Help take vitals, record patient history and chief concerns, shadow nurses
- Lab: Take urine analysis, cholesterol and blood glucose testing. Give pregnancy tests.
- Provider Rooms: Shadow Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and other providers. Run patient files between triage and pharmacy. Call forward patients to be seen.
- Dental Clinic: Shadow dentists and hygienists; assist with suctioning and preparing dental tools.
- Public Health: Educate patients on certain medical and dental health topics. Hand out food, oral hygiene kits, medical supplies, and clothes to patients.
- Pharmacy: Fill prescriptions, make medicine labels, count out pills.
What do I bring?
- American Passport or Visa
- Comfortable clothes
- Medical equipment that you normally use (Stethoscope, BP cuff, etc.)
Do I need to speak Spanish to volunteer?
Speaking Spanish is not a requirement, but it is helpful. However, translators will be available to communicate between professionals and the patients.
Are there any requirements to attend the clinics?
Due to the limited space at our clinic, we are unable to take every interested volunteer monthly. Therefore, participating in our monthly fundraisers, attending a general meeting, and clinical training are to be met before being chosen to attend a clinic. Monthly clinic sign-up sheets are emailed to all members (active & non-active). Please email us to be added to our email list.
How can I join?
Please visit the “Interested Individuals” page under the Volunteer tab for detailed information on how to become a member of the SDSU Flying Samaritans chapter. Email is our highly used method of communication; therefore, please email us to be added to our email list at FlyingSamaritansSDSU@gmail.com.