Occupational Health: The AT in an Interdisciplinary Team

Occupational Health: The AT in an Interdisciplinary Team

While it’s currently unique to integrate the AT in continued off-site care in the occupational setting, it’s essential for patient care continuity and makes the AT a core member of an interdisciplinary team. As the demand for case management and workers’ compensation knowledge in occupational and professional settings grow, this capability is essential. Unfortunately, the AT is currently underutilized in the occupational health care continuum. This session will advocate for the AT's involvement, while educating as to how vital the AT's perspective and skill set is in the clinical team of occupational health. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define occupational health as a discipline of medicine.
  • Recognize elements of the provider's occupational examination and decision-making of continued care.
  • Differentiate roles within the occupational health interdisciplinary team.

How is this session relevant to a variety of settings?
Many emerging settings overlap with occupational health. In public safety, performing arts and armed forces, the patient population is truly an employee. They would complete the same post-hire testing, injury care process, etc., when events occur during their time of work.


Domain 1: Risk Reduction Wellness and Health Literacy 

1.25 Category A

In order to earn your CEUs, you must watch the session video in its entirety and complete the assessment.

Kyra Dodson, MBA, MS, LAT-ATC

Kyra Dodson, MBA, MS, LAT-ATC, CEAS III, serves as the Athletic Training: Prevention and Wellness Residency Program Director at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. She is also the Occupational Medicine Manager of Prevention and Wellness. She developed and now manages the department’s Worksite Injury Prevention Program; a program that utilizes Industrial Athletic Trainers at employer locations to create a healthier workforce and safer workplace through ergonomic and evidence based preventative medicine. Kyra leads the Network’s external employer -based ergonomic program. Kyra earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Western Carolina University, NC and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Healthcare Management from Youngstown State University. Clinically, Kyra has worked in a multitude of industrial and warehousing facilities, along with collegiate and semi-professional athletics. Kyra currently manages St. Luke’s On-site Employer and University Health and Wellness Clinics located in the Lehigh Valley. She is a published author in the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. She has presented in the fields of athletic training and occupational medicine in regional, district and national levels.

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Beth Syrstad, RN

Beth Syrstad, RN is the Manager of Care Now Case Management providing case management services for Workers’ Compensation cases for St. Luke’s University Health Network and our valued Occupational Medicine Clients. Beth graduated from Trumbull Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and studied at Kent State University and Penn State University. Her nursing career includes a focus in Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Occupational Medicine and Case Management. She began her carrier in Occupational Medicine in a multi-specialty provider organization for 12 years and has been with St. Luke’s University Health Network for the last 20 years. In addition to providing and overseeing case management of workers’ compensation cases for our network and our outside clients, she is actively involved in our provider training and education regarding the Workers’ Compensation Act, OSHA, and quality care standards for injured workers. Beth also serves on our Emergency Response Subcommittee and the Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Committee.

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Michael Sidhom, MD, MSPH

Dr. Sidhom serves as the Network Medical Director of Clinical Informatics and Healthcare Information Technology for the St. Luke’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) department and CareNow walk-in centers. He serves on the St. Luke’s Clinical Technology Governance Board, working with Information Technology Department analysts to continually optimize the use of various electronic medical records for the betterment of patients and employer clients. He is board certified in both Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Family Medicine. Dr. Sidhom received his undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Psychology from Rutgers University, and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. He earned his Master of Science in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health, School of Health Sciences in Washington, DC. He completed a family medicine residency at Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, a Geriatric Fellowship at St. Luke’s and an Occupational & Environmental Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania- Perelman School of Medicine.

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