PAMA Notes - January 24, 2012

Join or Renew Your PAMA Membership Now

Membership in PAMA provides you with many benefits such as a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists, listing in our database for referrals or resources, discounted fee at the Annual Symposium, and plenty of networking opportunities throughout the year.  PAMA membership runs on a calendar year, so enroll now to receive the most from your benefits.

We will send you a reminder to enroll in the coming week, or you can click here to enroll as a PAMA member today. 

Healthier Practice and Performance: From Studio to Stage

The Toronto Regional Meeting of PAMA is only a few weeks away. Register now for this great educational opportunity which includes workshops on:

  • Franklin head and neck
  • Technology for health in music and dance
  • Examination and rehab for the shoulder
  • Cool down techniques
  • Performance enhancement

February 4-5, 2012
Toronto, Canada
Download the meeting brochure and register - 2012 Toronto Regional Meeting Brochure

PAMA’s 30th Symposium Celebration

Performing Arts Medicine: Past, Present and Future
July 26-29, 2012
Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado

Since the first PAMA Symposium 30 years ago there have been tremendous developments and expansion in the field of Performing Arts Medicine.  The 2012 meeting will reference our history as we focus on the wealth of knowledge and experience in current practice and research.  The symposium will culminate with several new exciting research initiatives that look ahead to the next 30 years.

A special Gala celebrating our 30 years of advancing PAM will be held on Saturday evening honoring Dr. Alice Brandfonbrener, Dr. Richard Lederman, Alan Fletcher, and Jacques d’Amboise.  We invite all members to attend and share this special symposium with us.

Get Included in Stage Managers Resource Directory – Great Opportunity

We recently we offered a wonderful opportunity for our physician and allied health professional members.

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps professionals in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition.  They produce a Stage Managers Health Directory that is both online and in hard copy and they are providing our members a great opportunity to be included in this resource directory.

“There is a long tradition among Broadway theatres of maintaining a select list of doctors who can be called when cast members, crew and staff need medical care. In 2005, The Actors Fund began working with the Broadway Stage Managers in the creation of a single reliable directory of primary care doctors, specialists and other health care providers that can be used by Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres and other live performance venues. With the success of the New York version, The Actors Fund teamed with Actors' Equity to provide touring companies with a list of doctors and health professionals in every city of their tour.”

The NY directory is online as well as in a bound version that is provided to the stage manager of each Broadway show and many off-Broadway shows in the city. The national directory is online only. The Actors Fund focuses their marketing and outreach on Equity’s touring stage managers and all Equity theaters. For the most part, stage managers, Equity staff and Actors Fund social workers make referrals, but since it’s online it is public information available to whoever finds it.

If you are interested in participating, and being listed as a resource in both the online and the printed version, please contact .  We hope you will take advantage of this listing and help our performing artists around the country. 

Contacting PAMA Staff

To contact any of the PAMA staff members, please use the following email addresses:

Julie Massaro, Executive Director -

Mary Fletcher, Consultant -

Dorry Allen, Manager Member Services -

PAMA Members in the News

PAMA Member to Speak on Hearing Loss

Marshall Chasin will be speaking about hearing loss in Boston on March 29, 2012 to the Berklee College of Music. Join him for this informative session on "Musicians and the Prevention of Hearing Loss."

PAMA Member Published in JAMA

Read PAMA member Susan Arjmand's review of the third edition of the Performing Arts Medicine textbook in the December 21, 2011 edition of JAMA.

PAMA Member Receives Award

PAMA member Patrice Berque was awarded the "Susanne Klein-Vogelbach Special Award 2011". Patrice received this Special Award for his paper "A combination of Constraint-induced Therapy and Motor Control Retraining in the Treatment of Focal Hand Dystonia in Musicians", published in MPPA Journal in 2010: vol.25:149-161. This paper was presented by Patrice at the PAMA Symposium in 2010.

The prize is awarded to researchers in neuroscience, orthopaedics, or anatomy whose work is oriented to a better understanding of the underlying principles of human movement and its rehabilitation. It is open to authors who have published a scientific paper in this area within the last two years.  The Special Award has only been awarded twice before (in 2004 and 2010).  Click here to learn more about this award

Upcoming Events

Toronto Regional Meeting of PAMA

Healthier Practice and Performance: From Studio to Stage
February 4-5, 2012
Royal Conservatory of Music
Toronto, Canada
Download Brochure - 2012 Toronto Regional Meeting Brochure

Principles of Dance Medicine: Clinical Management of the Dancer Patient

Continuing Medical Education Course
July 12-15, 2012
NYU Langone Medical Center, Farkas Auditorium
New York, New York
Audience: Physicians, allied healthcare professionals, somatic practitioners, dance teachers
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