Read the personal accounts of 2022 Jachin Misko Scholarship Recipients Nikki Smith (Kentucky Lions Eye Bank) and Kailynn Gilbert (Iowa Lions Eye Bank).
EBAA is fortunate to have many Veterans working throughout our member eye banks, whose military experience benefits them as eye bankers, and contributes to our mission to #RestoreSight worldwide.
When Lori first started at the eye bank, she said her boss could tell from her work ethic that she had been in in the military. She recommends military service “with no hesitation.” She says it helped her “establish boundaries, create a foundation of respect and honor – which is a good core to have. You can apply it to your life wherever you go. It’s an amazing experience.”
Dr. Phillips credits the military with making him a better educated, disciplined, and organized physician. They taught him how to work with people of diverse backgrounds and improved his communication skills. He also liked that he was doing something to help his country. He recommends service to those looking to get into medicine saying, “Two years is not much to give your country. Only 1% of the population has ever worn the military uniform.”
Jim was hired full time at the Medical Eye Bank of Delaware, which later merged and became Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley. He says, “The military teaches you responsibility, and I had tremendous responsibility as an eye banker. During a recovery, everything is on the eye tech. It takes a certain person with a certain attention and dedication to do it and do it well. A lot of accountability and responsibility is involved.”
Two years ago, she moved to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank analyzing data for the eye bank. Although Jessica had been surrounded by Ophthalmology for decades, she was “floored” to learn the full impact of the eye bank and how many people they help. She says, “Seeing all the people the eye bank actually helps is mind-blowing. It makes me really happy knowing how much we help people. They’re amazing people to work with.”
Seergio says that his military training better prepared him for eye banking than most. His background in autopsies gives him a greater comfort level in a morgue or hospital than someone without those experiences, and notes that, “recovery tech is not a job for everyone.” He adds that the fellow staff at SAEB make eye banking “one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had.”
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Kristen says, “I knew eye banking was where I wanted to be; I knew I could grow.” After ten years, she moved into management, but she missed performing recoveries, so she took a part-time job at the OPO and learned tissue recovery, which she did on nights and weekends. In 2019, she moved to Miracles in Sight, where she is the Vice President of Surgical Applications.
“Eye banking is like a family, with a lot of cultivation of high standards in service of patients. What makes EBAA outstanding is the collaboration between eye banking professionals and physicians for a common goal. It’s very unique for an association in medicine,” Michelle says.