Ancillary helpers include both medical and non-medical volunteers that aid in the overall eye surgery process. Medical volunteers include nurses, medical students, and surgical assistants. Non-medical volunteers include surgery flow coordinators and instrument sterilizers. Surgery flow coordinators move patients in-and-out of the operating rooms and perform “odd-job” tasks for the mission team. In general, nurses and surgical assistants are brought from the practices of participating ophthalmologists, while non-medical volunteers are often family members of participating ophthalmologists. Nevertheless, ChOSEN projects are potentially open to any ancillary helper if a particular project need becomes available.
If you are an ancillary helper interested in joining ChOSEN in an upcoming project, please get in touch with us through the website link “Contact.” We look forward to hearing from you!