PAMA Notes - August 10, 2014

32nd Annual PAMA Symposium a Great Success - Wish You All Could Have Made it to Snowmass

 This year’s annual symposium was another record breaker in terms of attendance - the only higher attendance was 2012 - for the 30th anniversary and gala.  From the keynotes to the individual presenters and poster sessions, speakers shared their expertise and performing arts medicine research with attendees.  One very poignant aspect of this year’s symposium was a tribute to the recently deceased co-founder of the association - Alice G Brandfonbrener, MD.  Our other co-founder Richard J. Lederman, MD was on hand Saturday to pay tribute to Alice.  Dr. Brandfonbrener’s son Eric and two grandsons were also able to make the trip to Snowmass to honor his mother’s legacy.  The Aspen Music Festival dedicated Saturday nights concert to the memory of Alice also to mark the impact she had for many years at the Aspen Music Festival and School.  Special thanks to Alan Fletcher at AMF for making that happen.
To see a visual tribute to Alice designed specifically for this occasion - visit the PAMA website page
We hope to see you all in 2015 when the theme will be "Countdown to Curtain: Maximizing Artistry and Injury Prevention Onstage and Behind the Scenes". The submission deadline is November 1, 2014.  For more information, to view the guidelines, or to submit an abstract visit the PAMA website abstract page.
Thank you to all of the wonderful keynotes, and presenters for their work to make the event such a success and great learning environment.

Need Credit?

We recently sent out certificates of credit or attendance to all attendees who submitted a signed attestation of attendance.  If you did not submit your attestation, it is not too late.  You may still submit an attestation of attendance by clicking this link and completing the attestation form.

Brandfonbrener/Lederman Foundation Announced at 2014 Symposium

The Board of Directors development committee chair, Kathleen Riley also announced the establishment  of the Alice G Brandfonbrener and Richard J Lederman Endowment to honor our founders.  It was a special honor to have Dick there in the audience when this was announced.  The endowment will utilize the resources to further the endeavors of the organization based on its mission and offer scholarship opportunities, speaker fees and further research in their name through PAMA. In addition, the development committee announced the establishment of an artistic advisory board that will serve to raise funds for the endowment and serve as advocates for the Performing Arts Medicine community.  Esteemed members of the artistic advisory board currently include: Alan Fletcher, Byron Janis, Garrick Ohlsson, and Joel Smirnoff.  As an organization - we are honored that these icons in their field are willing to serve on our artistic board.  
Watch upcoming PAMA Notes for more information regarding the endowment. 

2014 Dawson Award Winner Announced at Symposium

President John Chong presiding over the symposium was pleased to announce that the 2014 Dawson Award Committee selected Dwight Deal, PhD as the recipient of the 2014 Dawson Service Award.  Named after William J Dawson, MD, one of PAMA’s long time board members and a great supporter. This award recognizes the ongoing efforts and accomplishments of a member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) community who works to further the interests and mission of the organization. These accomplishments should be substantial and exemplary, producing clear benefit to the organization and Dwight in his time with PAMA working alongside his wife Mary Fletcher exemplifies those qualities.
Congratulations to Dwight on winning the award this year.


Letter from the President

 I want to apologize for my absence this year.  I know I missed an exciting meeting, and I am so sorry to have missed the opportunity to honor Dr. Alice Brandfonbrener.  I will however be able to contribute to the endowment and scholarships to honor her memory, inspiration and legacy.  My hope is that those of you who can will also consider honoring Alice in this way. 

For those of you who do not know, my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in early June and started chemotherapy and radiation almost immediately- so I chose to stay at his side for his initial treatments.  So far he is holding up well, and he is strong (last year he rode his bike from Snowmass to the top of Independence Pass and back) and we hope he will be able to repeat his ride at next years meeting in July.  To those of you who have sent good wishes we both are truly grateful.

I am sorry I missed so many wonderful presentations. I had looked forward to reconnecting with many of you and meeting others new to me and to PAMA. Please do not think my absence in any way reflects a lack of support for John as outgoing President (he has been fantastic leader and a tireless supporter and promoter of PAMA during his tenure), for Bonnie and Katherine’s symposia or my lack of commitment to PAMA in general.

I do want to emphasize that as president of PAMA I plan to continue to promote performing arts medicine, to promote safe and healthy practices in the performing arts, and to promote development of education programs with the goal of improving the health of performing artists. I will support, nurture and encourage the relationships with outside organizations that have been forged by others. 

To that end I welcome YOUR input and ideas (join a committee, email me your ideas ( I challenge you and your students to do more enquiry into the etiology, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of medical problems of performing artists and encourage you to submit your abstracts for the July 2015 meeting in Snowmass. It is only through evidence-based research that we can truly identify best practices, etiological factors, and make enlightened treatment recommendations.  After all, our passion brings us together with one goal (sparked by Alice’s example) and that is to improve the health of performing artists.

Announcing the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Memorial Fund

When Alice passed away earlier this summer, many of your asked how you could donate to PAMA in her memory.  We have established a memorial fund through Wells Fargo Bank to be able to collect those donations and put them to good use in her name.  Funds from this memorial account will be used for scholarship opportunities so more deserving students and new practitioners just starting out may attend the Symposium.  If you would like to donate, you can simply mail your check to PAMA or go into any Wells Fargo Branch and give them the name of the fund: Alice G Brandfonbrener Memorial Fund.

NASM-PAMA Resources on Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) are pleased to announce the release of a set of advisories on neuromusculoskeletal and vocal health. Together, these advisories comprise a “tool kit” for music administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Items within this tool kit may be used separately from or alongside the NASM-PAMA advisories on hearing health, which were released in late 2011. Use of either tool kit is completely voluntary, and their contents are in no way intended to supplement or replace the NASM Standards for Accreditation, which are found in the NASM Handbook.

Institutions are welcome to draw from and customize the tool kit documents in order to fit their own purposes. Further explanations of purpose and suggestions for use are located within the Web site introduction and the documents themselves.

Our thanks to all of the medical and healthcare professionals, educators, musicians, and commenters whose valuable input made this effort possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact the NASM National Office if you have questions about the content or use of these resources.

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Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists:  Medical Issues and Applied Practices

September 6-7, 2014

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The First Piano Pedagogy Symposium: Free to Play

October 17-18, 2014

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Health and Safety in the Arts Program

With its strong arts traditions and focus on healthcare, Cuba offers special insights into health issues in the arts.

January 25 - February 1, 2015 (subject to change)

Havana, Cuba

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Tuning the Athlete and Performing Artist for Optimal Health and Performance

March 7-8, 2015

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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

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