PAMA Notes - April 27, 2014

Register Now for the 32nd Annual PAMA Symposium to Receive Discount!

The 32nd Annual PAMA Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists - "Competitions and Creative Collaborations: Identifying and Promoting Healthy Artistry from Studio to Stage" is right around the corner. Don't delay, registering now will save you money! 

June 26-29, 2014
Snowmass, Colorado


This wiSnowmassll be a stellar year with outstanding presentations from our keynote speakers including:

Hans-Christian Jabusch, MD, Dipl. mus. - "Focal Dystonia in Musicians: Phenomenology, Therapy, and Prevention"

Bronwen Ackermann, BSPT, PhD, MPH - "Music Health Collaborations: Creatively Translating Scientific Evidence into Practice"

Caroline Silby, PhD - "Games Performers Play: The Why, What and When of Mental Fitness Training"

The PAMA symposium is designed to meet the research and practice needs of physicians, therapists, educators, artistic directors, athletic trainers and other health care and performing arts professionals who seek to improve the well-being of performing artists.

Snowmass Village, surrounded by a spectacularly scenic wilderness area, provides a relaxing atmosphere and outstanding views for golfers, hikers, and bikers.  A day camp provides activities for children.

Look for the symposium brochure in your mailbox. We do have one small correction that didn't make the print version - the Salons will take place on Saturday, June 28 from 6-9pm. You can register to attend a salon while registering for the full symposium.  Use the link below to register now!

Download the PAMA Symposium Brochure 2014

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ATTENTION CURRENT STUDENTS Interested in Performing Arts Health and Wellness:

If you are a current student at a university and/or medical school, the newly created PAMA Student Committee invites you to attend an afternoon event on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the 2014 PAMA Symposium in Snowmass, CO. Following the Pre-Conference workshop, the PAMA Student Committee will be hosting a discussion panel with several respected PAMA members that is designed to help students get ready for attending the Symposium sessions and learn how to make the most out of the experience.  We will have guest speakers and mentors ready to partner with students to enrich the experience.  This event is included in the Pre-Conference workshop fee of $30 for students.  At the end of the workshop, students and PAMA mentors are invited to attend a social reception at the bar at the Wildwood. Refreshments will be provided. There will also be a lunch committee meeting open to all members on Friday, June 27 to discuss plans and ideas for the direction for the student committee!  

For questions contact Melissa Hatheway or Julie Massaro.


PAMA on the Move - Successful Collaborations

March and April brought two very successful collaborations for PAMA.  On March 21, PAMA presented a half day musician health and wellness workshop for the first time at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) annual conference. Members of the team of PAMA presenters included our President Dr. John Chong, Dr. Bill Dawson, Dr. Ralph Manchester, Dr. Clay Miller, as well as Dr. Sonia Ranelli coming all the way from Australia to Chicago for the event and Peter Visentin from Canada.  On Saturday our presenters joined the more academic side of the PAM world where we had Kathryn Ananda-Owens presenting along with Randy Dick updating everyone on the Athletes and the Arts initiative.  This entire program and collaboration was made possible by the hard work of Gail Berenson and Kathleen Riley along with Brian Shepard (COO) from MTNA in conduction with Julie Massaro (ED for PAMA) and our board of directors.  Both the Friday and Saturday pre-conference workshops were a great success and we have been invited to return next year.  PAMA also was able to sign up a good number of new members on site as a result of the great energy of the event.


For those who are pianists, an historic event took place Saturday afternoon when our own Dr. Bill Dawson was asked to interview pianist Byron Janis, one of the greatest concert pianists of all times, about his life, his work and his challenges throughout the years battling an early hand injury and a debilitating disease - psoriatic arthritis.  Both could have been career killers for the average musician, but Byron Janis is no average musician.  The story of his perseverance was inspiring and led MTNA to honor him this year for his lifetime achievement.  PAMA was honored to be a part of that event.


April brought our PAMA team - Dr. John Chong, Dr. Clay Miller and Randy Dick among others, to the AMSSM (American Medical Society for Sports Medicine) annual conference in New Orleans where they teamed with the New Orleans Musicians Clinic to spread the word regarding musicians health and wellness.  Our doctors worked with the medical schools at both Loyola and Tulane while there to conduct grand rounds regarding health and wellness of musicians and artists.  Thanks to Bethany Bultman at NOMAF for putting everything together and raising awareness in the area.  For more information about the clinic which is a great example of what can be done in a community rich in musical history - see their website at


PAMA Regional Meeting - California

​Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists

The 4th Annual Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists:  Medical Issues and Applied Practices is still accepting proposals for the 2014 conference.  The deadline has been extended to April 28th, 2014.  Researchers, educators, artists and medical professionals are encouraged to submit proposals addressing the medical issues and / or applied practices in Dance, Music and Theatre.  Abstracts may be research or education based with goals and objectives clearly illustrated.  Proposals may include a lecture, movement workshop or poster presentation.  If you have any questions please contact Robin Kish at  Additional information can be found at

September 6th & 7th, 2014
At Chapman University - Department of Dance
Partridge Dance Center

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ASPAH Symposium - Call for Papers

The Complete Performer: Turning evidence into practice

aspahThe Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare is holding a one-day symposium on Saturday 29 November 2014 to be held at the University of Sydney, Camperdown campus. This one-day symposium will include presentations and workshops to provide health practitioners and performing artists with best-practice solutions to support the health and wellbeing of all performing artists.

Abstract submission for paper presentations, clinical case studies or practical workshops must be received by 9 June 2014.

For more information, please visit


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PAMA is an organization comprised of dedicated medical professionals, artists educators, and administrators with the common goal of improving the health care of the performing artist. Members join from around the world.

Benefits include a subscription to the quarterly peer-reviewed Medical Problems of Performing Artists journal; discount registration fee for the annual symposium, listing in PAMA membership directory (optional) ---very helpful when referring patients, sponsorship of Alice G. Brandfonbrener Award for the best paper by a young investigator, opportunities for networking and involvement in various committees, and access to a comprehensive bibliography of relevant articles, books, and tapes

Membership runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31. Members joining later in the year will receive all quarterly issues of the journal for the year and will be included in all member directories until February 1 of the following year. 

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