Pre-conference Certificate Course

Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine

In conjunction with ACSM

June 28 - 29, 2018 (Thursday - Friday)

Chapman University: Orange, Orange County, California

Extend your learning – Attend our 2-day pre-conference certificate course for practicing health professionals, performing artists, and arts educators.

The Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine is a two-day multidisciplinary enrichment course offered by the PAMA Education Committee. Designed to match the professional interests and career goals of both clinicians and educators in performing arts medicine, this course provides specific education and techniques for engagement, assessment, prevention, and treatment of various performing arts-specific health concerns. Collectively on day 1, participants will hear introductory and research-informed lectures on health problems that are unique to performing artists including associated health risk factors, issues across the life-span, and the interactive, cultural, and contextual characteristics of health problems that are unique to performing artists. On day 2, participants will attend either the health professional or the performing arts stream for more detailed and targeted education and practical sessions related to providing and promoting optimal health for performing artists.

Course objectives for the health professional

Course objectives for the performer/artist educator

At the end of this course, the health professional will be able to: At the end of this course, the performer/artist educator will be able to:
  1. Understand the occupation-specific questions that should be asked during the initial interview with performing artists to identify key injury causes.
  2. Identify basic physical elements of techniques for performance, including common instrumental techniques.
  3. Administer key special assessment procedures that are useful when evaluating musicians and dancers.
  4. Establish goal-oriented and evidence-informed treatment approaches, taking into account the specific priorities and needs of the performing artist.
  5. Assess basic requirements of the occupational environment of the musician or dancer.
  6. Apply functional return to performance protocols.
  7. Describe preventive approaches to medical problems of performing artists.
  1. Understand the reason for many performing arts related injuries and current health promotion trends in performing arts medicine.
  2. Identify early management strategies, including appropriate referral, for performing artists' physical and mental health issues.
  3. Identify basic physiological elements of performance for common performance-specific techniques.
  4. Explore implementation strategies for setting up a safe performing arts training environment.
  5. Connect medical health interventions with physiological, psychological, and emotional vulnerabilities of performing artists.
  6. Understand and recognize performance anxiety and the related psychological health interventions.

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 March 1 March 2-April 1 After April 1
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.

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen or Julie Massaro

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