Efrain Talamantes, MD ’08 (back row fifth from left), with UCLA Flying Samaritans students at Colonia Margarita Moran, just outside of Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Courtesy of UCLA Flying Samaritans
As an internal-medicine physician, I have a goal to find ways to improve the health of patients, who lack access to basic healthcare services, through collaborative efforts like the UCLA Flying Samaritans. Every third Saturday, we team up with a group of physicians and other healthcare-provider preceptors and pre-health students in order to drive to Tijuana, Mexico. With the help of translators, the student volunteers busily triage adults and children to various health stations. Together, we see each patient and develop a plan of care. There are countless teaching moments to deliver quality care in a resource-limited environment. My role as medical advisor is also to ensure that the patients get the care they need or to refer them to any available local resources.
To learn more about UCLA Flying Samaritans, go to: flyingsamaritansatucla.org