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OTAC Special Topics Forum | U.S. Air Force Occupational Therapy (1 PDU)

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OTAC Special Topics Forum | Virtual Webinar

When: June 27, 2024, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

This special topic forum will outline the important roles that occupational therapists have in the U.S Air Force. Join Jesse in learning more about the pathway to joining the U.S. Air Force, a day in the life as an active duty commissioned officer, the scope of occupational therapy in supporting the various mission needs of the military, and an ergonomic program that he piloted at his current assignment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role of occupational therapy in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Describe the pathway to commissioning into the U.S. Air Force as an occupational therapist.
  • Compare the scope of occupational therapy between civilian versus military practice.

Cost: $10 for OTAC Members | $25 for OTAC Nonmember


Captain Jesse Zhao

Presenter: Captain Jesse Zhao, MA, OTR/L, BCPR, is a Staff Occupational Therapist for the 59th Medical Group, Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas. He evaluates, plans, and implements interventions for Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center’s Occupational Therapy enterprise, delivering care to 3 million beneficiaries and 39,000 Basic Trainees each year. He is the lead officer for the Occupational Therapy Computer Ergonomics Education Group and serves as the primary Occupational Therapy rehabilitation provider to the Brooke Army Medical Center’s Neurological Multidisciplinary Clinic. He also represents Air Force Occupational Therapy on the Acute and Critical Care Rehabilitation Working Group.

Captain Zhao is a graduate of the University of Southern California where he researched cognitive assessments on adolescent learners. He also conducted research with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as part of the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. His research has been presented at the Occupational Therapy Association of California 2019 Annual Conference. He has specialty training in acute care, adult and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation, and earned his Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation in 2024. He received a direct commission to the U.S. Air Force as an Occupational Therapist in the Biomedical Science Corps in 2022. Prior to his current position, Capt Zhao was an inpatient rehabilitation occupational therapist at Kaweah Health in Visalia, CA.