PAMA Notes - December 2019

Enroll Today for the 2020 PAMA Membership Year

PAMA Membership enrollment for 2020 is now open!  Click here [Membership Enrollment] to join or renew your membership for 2020. We would like to remind you of the great benefits of PAMA membership. PAMA is an organization comprised of professionals and students in healthcare, education, performance training, administration, and a range of performing arts. The common goal is to improve the well-being of performing artists. Members join from around the world and many are involved in research projects.

Member benefits include:

  • a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists
  • listing (optional) in our database open to the public who seek a patient referral or resource
  • discounted fee for the Annual International Symposium or regional seminars
  • members-only networking opportunities with others in your field
  • opportunity to participate in active committees
  • mentorship opportunities (for both mentors and mentees) for PAM career development

If you would like to learn more about PAMA, visit our website at

Membership Levels:

  • Physicians (MD, DO), Chiropractors, Dentists - $250.00
  • Allied Healthcare: therapy, rehabilitation, body fitness/care - $195.00
  • Performing Arts: education, research, training, performance - $175.00
  • Full-Time Students and Residents at Accredited Programs - $65.00
  • Retired persons age 65+ (continuous member for 5+ years) - $65.00

To enroll as a PAMA Member for the calendar year 2020, please click here - Membership Enrollment
The Performing Arts Medicine Association is committed to:

Promoting the highest quality of care to all performing artists and bringing to that care an appreciation of the special needs of performing artists.
Developing educational programs designed to enhance the understanding and prevention of medical problems related to the performing arts.
Promoting communication among all those involved in the health care and well being of performing artists.
Fostering research into the etiology, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of medical problems of performing artists.

If you have any questions, please email Dorry Allen at

The 4th USF Performing Arts Medicine Conference
Inspiring Health in the Arts


March 27-29, 2020
Barness Recital Hall and Conference Center
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

Dear respected colleagues,
Please remember to send us your abstract for the Fourth USF-PAMA Conference to take place on March 27-29, 2020 in Tampa, Florida, USA.  We will feature keynote speakers, Madeline Bruser from NYC, Marijeanne Liederbach from NYU Harkness Center, Daniel Hall-Flavin from Mayo Clinic and Oxford University Round Table, and Alan Lockwood, one of the original PAMA founding researchers, who promise to inspire the conference.
We will have USF VP/Dean Charles Lockwood, Dean James Moy, and anticipate our new seventh President Steven Currall to give welcome remarks. There will be lectures, workshops, panels, lightening panel talks, and posters.  Please register at your earliest convenience to attend the conference.
Call for Abstracts, Workshops and Panels:

Abstract Submissions:

  • Name your abstract in the following manner:  last name-first name-2020 doc (or docx).
  • Abstract must include the title, communicating author’s name, affiliation, email address, and category—e.g., research, education, clinic report, or workshop.
  • Please compose your abstract with clear focus, purpose, method, and any other rationale that ties the abstract to the conference theme with 300 word limit.
  • Accepted abstracts will be assigned by the Program Committee to one of the following (please indicate your preference in your abstract):
    • 20-minute live presentation and 5-minute Q & A (25 minutes total)
    • 55-minute workshop at the Conference Center
    • Poster with 6-minute rotating presentation
  • The abstract must be submitted electronically by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 to: AND with copy to AND
  • Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, January 31 by email.

About the Conference:

The Fourth USF-PAMA Conference focuses on sharing research, education and practice in performing arts medicine to Inspire Health in the Arts.

Target Participants:

The Conference is designed for health professionals, performing artists and educators, health science educators, medical humanities specialists, and generalists who are interested in the intersection of the arts and health.

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Contacts: Dr. Sang-Hie Lee
QUESTIONS: If you have questions regarding the abstract submission or the conference contact:,, OR

Symposium Announcements

Save the Date

Plan to join us in New Orleans June 19 - 22, 2020 for the 38th Annual PAMA International Symposium. The PAMA symposium is designed to meet the research and practice needs of physicians, therapists, athletic trainers, educators, artistic directors, and other health care and performing arts professionals who seek to improve the well-being of performing artists. Registration opens in February 2020.


Book your symposium accommodations at the Omni Royal Orleans. Take advantage of the special rates for attendees of the 38th Annual PAMA International Symposium. The symposium will take place in the Omni Royal Orleans. Enjoy air conditioning, a roof top pool, 3 bars, and the convenience of staying where the action is!

Omni Royal Orleans offers graceful elegance in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Located at the fashionable intersection of St. Louis and Royal streets, our hotel has received the Four Diamond luxury award for the past 31 years. Our luxury hotel incorporates modern amenities with a classic design inspired by the liveliness of the culture of New Orleans so that you can experience the spirit of The Big Easy.

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Abstract Submissions

Thank you to the many authors who submitted abstracts. Notifications will be sent out this week. If you have submitted an abstract and do not receive a notification by Friday, December 6 please contact Dorry at

For questions contact Dorry Allen at

Remembering Alicia Alonso, Star of Cuba’s National Ballet

The New York Times
By Jack Anderson
Oct. 17, 2019

A ballerina of unusual range and power, she continued to dance into her 70s despite chronic vision problems.

Alicia Alonso, who overcame near-blindness to become a charismatic ballerina of unusual range and power, and who helped found what became, with Fidel Castro’s support, the National Ballet of Cuba, died on Thursday [October 17, 2019] in Havana. She was 98.

The Cuban-born Ms. Alonso, who continued to dance into her 70s, was an admired star of American Ballet Theater and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In 1957, in the depths of the Cold War, she became the first ballerina from the Western Hemisphere to appear as a guest artist in the Soviet Union.

She was striking onstage, with strong features, wavy black hair and a grand manner that could burst into flamboyance during curtain calls. Offstage she was earthy and convivial.

Read the full New York Times article -

A letter from the PAMA Cuba Meeting Organizers

Those of you who met her over the years during our visits to the Ballet Nacional de Cuba will no doubt treasure the discussions we had with her about dancers and their health issues. What a privilege!

She must have liked our group and the interest you all showed because she repeatedly made herself available to us despite her fragile health.

She always had strong opinions and thoughtful advice and you certainly knew that you were in the presence of one of the greats when she spoke.

She also introduced us to principle dancer Viengsay Valdés, and our discussions with her over the years have been something very special, too. Ms. Valdés is now taking over the artistic directorship of the company, according to the article, and this should mean that we will have a continued relationship with the Ballet and their medical team.

"Alicia Alonso told me to always be patient with artists and I frequently think of her and her words when I’m in the clinic."  David Hinkamp

"Meeting Alicia Alonso was a true inspiration. I will always remember her vitality, glamour, and wisdom.  What a privilege to have been in her presence."   Elizabeth Manejias


PAMA Members - Let us know your PAM-related activities to share with the Membership to facilitate networking.  We will be making announcements in each newsletter. Send your information to Dorry Allen at

To Your Health
Articles Wanted

Are you interested in being published in a magazine? International Musician magazine is accepting submissions for their wellness feature "To Your Health".

International Musician magazine is the official monthly publication of the American Federation of Musicians, serving 80,000 professional musicians in the United States and Canada. The readers of the International Musician are professional musicians working in all genres of music. They run the gamut from classical to country and from polka to punk. They tour and record. They play in clubs and in symphonies.
If you are a PAMA Member, please consider submitting an article. To Your Health articles should be around 650 words and written directly to the layman musician, who is not a health expert. The article should offer direct, helpful tips and advice, and not just information about various health conditions. All articles are subject to approval and editing from the editors.

Send your article to Dorry Allen at to be considered. You will be notified via email if your article has been accepted. Please note that the Research Committee will only review submissions received from currently active PAMA members in good standing with the organization.

These articles are either nontechnical explainers with treatment and prevention tips for problems that may affect musicians—hearing loss, muscle cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, stage fright, etc, as well as health-related techniques to aid musicians (yoga, stretching, chiropractic care for musicians, correct vocal technique, etc.)  These stories may contain direct quotes from musicians and/or practitioners, and should be written for musicians/consumers/ patients. All musicians interviewed or mentioned must be members in good standing of the AFM.

International Musician may use any submitted material as it sees fit for print and online versions of International Musician magazine without compensation due to Author; however, International Musician is not under any obligation to use the materials. 

Author represents and warrants to PAMA and International Musician that to the best of his/her knowledge, the concepts, ideas, copy, artwork, electronic files and other materials produced do not infringe on any copyright or personal or proprietary rights of others, and that he/she has the unencumbered right to publish. Author will indemnify PAMA and International Musician from any damage or loss, including attorneys’ fees, rising out of any breach of this warranty.

Artwork (photographs, illustrations, music notation, and video links) must be hi-res and legally available for use. That means the Author (submitter) is wholly responsible for contacting the legal owners of all photographs and seeking permission to use them. All photo credits and captions should be submitted with the artwork.

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