Pre-conference Certificate Course

Registration for this course will open in February 2020.

Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine Certificate Course

In conjunction with ACSM

June 18, 2020 (Thursday)

LSU, New Orleans, Louisiana

PAMA is offering a certificate of completion in performing arts medicine for physicians (MD and U.S. trained DO), allied healthcare professionals (athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, chiropractors, nurses, licensed massage therapists, manual osteopathic practitioners [including non-US trained osteopaths], acupuncturists, and others as approved), and arts educators. To receive the certificate, healthcare professionals need to complete an online lecture series of 12, 30 minute course content lectures prior to the day of the onsite course. There will be a 6 hour hands on teaching course on Thursday, June 18, 2020 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.

Topics for this Course Include:

  • General Health and Wellness for Performing Artists
  • Neuro-musculoskeletal Injuries in Musicians
  • Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in Dancers
  • Biomechanics applied to Music and Dance technique
  • General Fitness, Conditioning and Rehabilitation
  • Medical Conditions in Performing Arts Medicine
  • Environmental Concerns in Performing Arts Medicine
  • Hearing Health
  • Vocal Healthcare
  • Performance Anxiety and Psychological Conditions
  • Special Conditions found in Musicians, Focal Dystonia
  • Dancer.Instrumentalist.Vocalist.Actor (D.I.V.A.) pre-participation assessment and physical evaluation
  • Applied performance anatomy and physiology

Target Audience

The target audience includes clinicians, performing artists, health and performing arts educators, 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, other healthcare professionals, arts educators.)

Certificate Exam

At the completion of the pre-conference course, all participants will have the option of taking an exam tailored to their area of specialization (medicine, allied health, voice, dance, instrumental music).  If a passing grade is attained, they will be given a certificate of completion. Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your practice skills.

  • Physician exam (physician exam open to any licensed medical doctor, including US trained DO’s with a current license to practice)
  • Allied health exam (open to athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, chiropractors, nurses, licensed massage therapists, manual osteopathic practitioners [including non-US trained osteopaths], acupuncturists, and others as approved)
  • Arts educator exam (voice, dance, or instrumental music)

If multiple certificates are desired, you will need to attend the courses more than once, as the health practitioners and educators will be separated. Hence you will need to attend and pass exams multiple years.


Pre-conference Certificate Course:

  By 3/15/20 3/16/20 - 4/15/20 After 4/15/20
PAMA Members:
Physician $ 150 $ 195 $ 250
Non-Physician $ 125 $ 150 $ 200
*Student/Resident $  40 $  50 $  60
Physician $ 250 $ 295 $ 350
Non-Physician $ 225 $ 250 $ 300
*Student/Resident $  45 $  55 $  65
Certificate Exam Fee $ 25 $ 35 $ 50

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.

If you wish to register only for the pre-conference certificate course, you may do so without registering for the full symposium.

Registration for this course will open in February 2020.

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen or Julie Massaro

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