Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine Certificate Course, ACSM

Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine Certificate Course

In conjunction with ACSM

May 28, 2019 (Tuesday)

Orlando, Florida

PAMA is offering a certificate of completion in performing arts medicine for physicians MD/DO and allied healthcare professionals (PT, OT, RN and AT). To receive the certificate, healthcare professionals need to complete an online lectures series of 12, 30 minute course content lectures prior to the ACSM conference. There will be a 6 hour hands on teaching course at ACSM on Tuesday May 28, 2019 followed by a 1 hour test of understanding. Participants need to pass the test in order to receive the certificate of completion (online lectures are included on the test). This course showcases the music and dance communities through a behavioral and social science perspective while highlighting specific opportunities and techniques for engagement, education, prevention, and treatment in response to various arts-specific health concerns. Collectively, participants will hear introductory and research-based lectures on associated risk factors, life-span issues, and the interactive, cultural, and contextual distinctions of health problems that are unique to performing artists.

The online lectures introduce the epidemiology and etiology of health issues occurring in performing artists. Participants will understand the broad health concerns and risks that performing artists are exposed to from the fields of physical, psychological and auditory health. Attendees will understand how to apply some basic educational and clinical intervention strategies.

The 1 day course provides specific training on basic applied anatomy, physiology and understanding how to develop safe performance strategies for performing arts educators, delivered by experienced health personal. This is a hands on training course on Dance, Instrumental, Vocal, & Actors (DIVA) pre-participation physical exam assessment of the performing artists where clinicians are taught specific exam techniques used in performing arts medicine. Health professionals will be able to: discuss occupation-specific questions that should be asked during the initial interview with performing artists to identify key injury causes; identify basic physical elements of performance on common instruments; apply key special assessment procedures that are useful when evaluating performing artists; establish goal-oriented and evidence-based treatment approaches; assess basic requirements of the occupational environment of the performing artist; implement functional return to performance protocols; and describe preventative approaches to medial problems of musicians and dancers.  The course will cover general health and wellness, neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, applied biomechanics, medical conditions, environmental concerns, hearing health, vocal health, psychological conditions, focal dystonia, and nutrition issues with performing artists.

Target Audience

The target audience includes clinicians and other healthcare professionals interested in learning the essential information needed to provide initial assessment, treatment, referrals and general educational recommendations for the performing artist. (Includes:  physicians, physician assistants, nurses, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals.)

Certificate Exam

At the completion of the course, all participants will have the option of taking an exam.  If a passing grade is attained, they will be given a certificate of completion. Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your practice skills.


Pre-conference Certificate Course:

  By 5/1 5/2-28
ACSM or PAMA Members:
Physician $ 200 $ 250
Non-Physician $ 150 $ 200
Student/Resident/ Professional Performer $  65 $  65
Physician $ 300 $ 350
Non-Physician $ 250 $ 300
Student/Resident/ Professional Performer $  65 $  65
Certificate Exam Fee $ 50 $ 75

Please note that if you wish to sit for the certificate exam, there will be a testing fee as shown above. You MUST select and pay for the exam prior to beginning the course. The easiest way to do this is to select and pay for the exam during registration.


Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen or Julie Massaro

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