In honor of Movember which is not only a month to grow a mustache, it is also a movement to bring awareness to men’s health, we are thrilled to feature our first Male Scrub Superstar – Ziky Smith!
What is your current position?
I am histologist, and I work for a company called P4 Diagnostix.
Why did you choose this particular career?
Well, this is a second career for me. I was in marketing and advertising for 20 years. I have my first degree in Marketing, and then I went back to school to become a histologist.
I was doing marketing and then I got diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1999. I fought until 2005. Then it progressed, and basically I had to get surgery and remove a portion of my colon.
Around the time I was thinking about making my career change, my mother-in-law passed away because of ovarian cancer. She was battling for many years. When we found out she was terminally ill, I was making my career change and getting into the science and medical field.
Histology deals with detection of abnormalities in tissue. We look at tissues to see if the abnormalities are cancerous or not. My mother-in-law wasn’t necessarily the reason I got into histology, but she really helped me discover this field of science.
What do you love about your career?
When someone has to get a biopsy done, they don’t know it is sent somewhere. What I do is pivotal if a patient is waiting for a diagnosis. Whether it is waiting by the phone or are going to your doctor to find out your condition my job lets me be a part of the diagnosis process.
I don’t deal directly with the patient. Who may be a grandma, mother, father, brother, sister but I know that special care has to go into taking care of that biopsy.
What I love about it is that I am making a difference. Someone who has to have a biopsy may get good news or may get not so good news. But I get to be a part of the process. I like being a part of the process, even if it is not so good news, I detect the abnormalities as early as possible so these people can fight.
What is one of your favorite on-the-job memories?
There are a number of things that could be my favorite.
I get a kick when people ask me what I do: “Histology… does it deal with history?” My own kids after years of explaining to them finally get it.
It’s a very rewarding position, and I enjoy what I do. Coming from Marketing and coming from the corporate world, which is all about generating revenue and developing markets (which has an important place). But what I do now has such a significant difference. Dealing with life instead of board members and CEOs.
What do you to keep energized during a long shift?
Typically, I work 8 hour days. But they can be different shifts. I was first among my graduating class to get a job thanks to my marketing skills.
I used to live in Florida, but my family and I knew we wanted to move to Maryland. So I went and looked for a hospital I wanted to do my clinical rotation at. I then got offered the job at Holy Cross Hospital and worked the 2 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. shift for two years.
Now, I work for a diagnostics place and have normal hours, 7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Going to work is therapeutic for me. When I am working with a patient’s tissue, I get lost in the process of working with it.
But what really keeps me energized is being a workout warrior, I love to go to the gym. It helps me maintain my energy throughout the course of the day. I like to be mobile, stay healthy, be in shape, and eat well. At least I try to eat as healthy as I can.
Tell us what you do outside of work?
I go to the gym. I have been married for 20 years, and we have three children. My oldest daughter is in college and wants to be a preschool teacher, and then I have twins, a boy and girl who are sophomores in high school. My younger daughter plays soccer. And my boy plays football. So other than working I am a soccer and football dad. I used to play soccer, but now I let my daughter score the goals for me.
Finally, what feature is the most important to you while choosing your scrubs?
Definitely comfort. You have to have a lot of room. You have to feel comfortable especially when you are working with delicate human tissue. I don’t like anything itchy, and I like to feel comfortable and at ease. A big plus for me is having big pockets and pocket space.
November has snuck up on us and the Holiday season is about to be in full swing! Next in the holiday lineup and the best excuse to gorge ourselves is Thanksgiving. In a few short days, we will be stuffing our faces and then, of course, the shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday will start soon after. So whether you are working or enjoying your well-deserved day off, we’ve got you covered!
To get you pumped for the feast, here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving tops, treats, and a thank you note to get you in the mood of gratitude.
Tops: these cute prints are the perfect items to spice up your fall wardrobe!
Not to worry, these tops come in different cuts and styles too! We also have jackets available to keep you warm throughout your shift and all Winter long. To see our many Thanksgiving tops and jackets, shop here.
Treats: just when you think you can’t eat anything else… they bring out the pies! Here are a few easy and festive treats that you can whip up and share at your Thanksgiving dinner.
We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether you are working and taking care of patients in some festive scrubs or you are enjoying your day off and working up an appetite.
Although it is not quite Thanksgiving, we at UA would like to be the first to express our appreciation and say thank you to all our loyal customers! We are honored and inspired to have customers like you that make a difference every single day. We all hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Even though Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming to a close, we want to continue to contribute to this meaningful cause all year long. Our fantastic partnership with Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) allows us to do that.
Uniform Advantage released a “Support Blooms White,” print this past spring and this fall we released two Pink Ribbon Prints: “Pink Courage Pink,” and “Painted Pink Ribbons Black.” For each of these items sold, we will donate $1 to LBBC. This fall alone, we have raised more than $5,000 towards the Living Beyond Breast Cancer organization.
We have five additional scrubs that will donate a portion of the sales to LBBC, including two different scrub prints, one scrub jacket, a tote bag, and surgical hat. The scrub tops come in different cuts and styles.
Although this is only our second year partnering with this wonderful nonprofit organization, we are proud to announce that we have helped raise more than $14,500 in donations to help LBBC support and fight breast cancer.
Founded in 1991, Living Beyond Breast Cancer started in Philadelphia by a small group of women led by Dr. Marisa Weiss, who were seeking information that would help them after completing treatment for breast cancer. At the time, the resources were inadequate and limited; LBBC was created so women in similar situations could connect and help one another in a caring environment.
LBBC addresses the current needs of people affected by breast cancer, whether they are newly diagnosed, in treatment, recovery or living with a history of or managing a metastatic form of the disease. Resources are developed in collaboration with the nation’s leading oncologists, health professionals, and ally organizations. Here at UA, we feel honored to contribute and work with such an exceptional organization who strives to help anyone who has been affected by breast cancer.
For more information about Living Beyond Breast Cancer, visit their website. You can find our Pink Ribbon items and donate to LBBC here. For more information on our other Charitable Partners, visit our UA Gives Back Page.