October 2011 Volunteer Schedule

Hello MAPS Family!

Welcome back! We hope your summer has been splendid!

The MAPS team would like to welcome you back to another school year of volunteering and making a difference in patient safety! To our newest members and our returning members alike, thank you for your role in continuing to make MAPS one of the most innovative and successful volunteer programs in the country! And to ALL of our volunteers who put in the extra effort to work with our program during the optional months of volunteering in June, July, August, and September, thank you so much for your willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty with the never-ending responsibility of maintaining watchful eyes over patient safety–we hope your experiences over the summer have been unforgettable!

October begins tomorrow, and so does required MAPS volunteering. The Volunteer Schedule for the month of October 2011 (click!) has now been posted, and as you can see, our program is back to full operation with nearly 100 active volunteers choosing to make a difference in patient safety for the next month! Please e-mail us if you have any questions regarding your assigned units in Reagan for the next month.

Dr. Vespa shadowing has been fully active all summer and will continue to be an opportunity available to you as a MAPS volunteer! Appointments to shadow Dr. Vespa are already full until mid-October; however, if you are interested in this unique shadowing opportunity after mid-October, please send us an e-mail and we’ll set up a date for you to shadow this Neuro/Trauma ICU Physician and his renowned team!

With October also comes the return of our monthly All-MAPS meetings! We are still setting up a date for our October meeting, but please expect this meeting to be held on a weekday from 4-5PM (depending on the availability of most of our volunteers), and remember that your commitment with our program requires you to attend at least one of these meetings per UCLA quarter. Contact us if you have any questions regarding problems attending these meetings. We will inform you via e-mail the exact details of this meeting once they are finalized, but for now, expect there to be pizza, drinks, cookies, and information regarding all the progress our program has made since the last All-MAPS meeting!

Until then, Happy Halloween, and the MAPS team cannot wait to see you all again! Keep checking your e-mail and this website for more updates regarding our program! And, as always, feel free to e-mail us with any questions, comments, or concerns you have as one of our very own volunteers!

Boo! Oops, I mean…Cheers!
Michael Arias

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