Occupational Therapists: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:32)
Certified hand therapist, Andra Sterzik helps patients who are injured or ill return to previous levels of independence. She evaluates and treats patients working through the recovery process.
Occupational Therapists: Career Beginnings (00:60)
Interested in the medical field, Sterzik volunteered at a local hospital. She decided to pursue occupational therapy. After receiving a master's degree, she began her rotations in a burn unit.
Occupational Therapists: Keys for Success (02:04)
Sterzik explains the need for therapists to be patient centric. Gaining trust from your patient requires: medical knowledge, compassion, creativity, and professionalism.
Occupational Therapists: Education and Certification Requirements (01:33)
Programs to acquire a master's degree or doctorate take 2.5 and 4 years, respectively. A state licensing test is required after graduation and therapists need 30 hours of continuing education every two years.
Occupational Therapists: Workplace Atmosphere (01:55)
Sterzik works part-time at a sports medicine clinic where she collaborates with other therapists on patient care. She enjoys a caring and relaxed environment, which includes watching sports.
Occupational Therapists: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:16)
Sterzik recommends working as a technician while in school, working at a facility that works closely with new hires, and taking advantage of continuing education.
Occupational Therapists: A Day on the Job (01:43)
Sterzik begins by reviewing her patient list for the day and knowing the standard protocol of care for each person. Each patient receives manual therapy in preparation for therapeutic exercises.
Occupational Therapists: Industry Goals and Services (01:56)
Occupational therapists provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients who suffer from an injury, disease, or are recovering from trauma.
Occupational Therapists: Industry Challenges (02:06)
Sterzik explains the challenge of getting reimbursed by Medicare. Paperwork is time consuming and takes away from billable hours and patient care.
Occupational Therapists: Looking at the Future (01:40)
Preventative care is an important issue for insurance companies, government, and Medicare. The large population of older people will contribute to the increasing need for therapists.
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