International Overdose Awareness Day- Tuesday, August 31st

UCSD will be recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day on Tuesday, August 31st with a series of events and educational sessions about overdoses and naloxone (Narcan) administration. Please look for staff handing out masks and ribbons at the Hillcrest UCSD Medical Center Dickinson St. entrance on your way in. Additional events will be held at the San Diego County Admin Building at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego throughout the day.

We are still looking for staff to help teach about naloxone/Narcan. If you are interested and available to participate in any of the events, please contact Substance Use Navigator, Dennis Whitmyer at dwhitmyer@health.ucsd.edu.

Donate Blood!

Make an appointment!

San Diego blood bank has multiple of locations where you can sign up to donate. Look up available slots and type of donation (RBC, platelet, etc): https://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/
The website only lets you make an appointment at least 10 days in advance of the appt…but if you call them, you can schedule over the phone for whenever!

San Diego Blood Bank: Donor Centers and Mobile Drives. Donating blood is convenient with locations across Southern California. Locate a donor center or blood drive near you.www.sandiegobloodbank.org

There is also the Red Cross: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?dt=all&zipSponsor=92101

Thank you Puja Takiar for helping organize this information!

VA Operation Stand Down!

Shout-out to our resident team who volunteered at Operation Stand Down this last weekend! Thank you Drs. Kaiser, Kim, and Takiar for taking time to support our veteran community! Also, there was a petting zoo 🙂

Help our veterans at North County Stand Down!

North County Stand Down volunteers are still needed!  

When: Friday February 7th, Saturday February 8th, or Sunday February 9th 2020

Where: Green Oaks Ranch (Vista)

Shifts needed: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm. Sunday 9-1 only.

The North County Stand Down is an event that provides health care to homeless veterans, with a Medical Tent that provides a number of services including urgent/walk-in medical care.  Services do include some limited labs, pharmacy services, counseling, immunizations, and HIV/HepC screening. This is a great opportunity to hone your clinical skills! The patients are very grateful for the care they receive at this event, and some will go on to establish regular care at the VA based on a positive first interaction there.

If interested and available, please email the medical director, Dr. Amanda Apicella at amanda.apicella@va.gov.

UCSD at SNMA RMEC: #WhatADoctorLooksLike

UCSD medical students and Med/Peds resident Dr. Maggie Kozman attended the 2019 Student National Medical Association’s Regional Medical Education Conference (RMEC) in Tucson, Arizona today!  RMEC is a region’s annual, student-led conference initiative that seeks to equip SNMA members, community members and pre-health students with the knowledge and skills to succeed and thrive in their academic and professional pursuits. Themed “#WhatADoctorLooksLike,” the Region 1 RMEC sought to examine how the societal mold of what doctors are ‘supposed’ to look like was created and explore ways in which underrepresented minority students can break this mold. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Stand Down medical volunteers are still needed! When: June 28, 29, 30 Where: San Diego High School, downtown Shifts needed: 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm   Stand Down is an AMAZING annual event coordinated by Veterans Village of San Diego that provides a 3 day, 2 night intervention program for more than 800 homeless veterans and their families.  The Medical Tent provides a number of services including urgent/walk-in medical care. If you have ever wanted to find out how your clinical skills stand up without instant access to ECGs, full labs, imaging, or consultants, this is a GREAT opportunity for you!  Services do include some limited labs, as well as pharmacy, OT, massage, dental screenings, and lots of other helpful things. You will find that patients are very grateful for your care even when you can’t fix the problem, and some will go on to establish regular care at the VA based on a positive first interaction with

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Check out this awesome opportunity with IHC (International Health Collective)!

Clinic Itinerary International Health Collective is a nonprofit, student-run organization that aims to solve health disparities in Eastern Tijuana and San Diego communities. International Health Collective, or IHC, takes on this issue through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach. Holding the firm belief that it takes a wide lens and a diverse skill set to examine and alleviate root causes to health issues, IHC members originate from different backgrounds and fields of expertise. Specifically, IHC consists of undergraduate students (medical, engineering, humanities etc.), Medical and Pharmacy graduate students, health professionals, and community members. Members will work towards disentangling the complex relationship between structural barriers and health disparity on a global scale. The clinic is situated in Tijuana, Mexico and clinic trips are held the first Saturday of every month. Our next clinics will be 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7, 10/5 and we are in need of medical providers to see patients with a variety of chief complaints, prescribing medication from our pharmacy and

read more Check out this awesome opportunity with IHC (International Health Collective)!