PAMA Notes - February 2020

Symposium Announcements

Registration is Open

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.

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  • Jill Sonke, PhD, Director, Center for Arts in Medicine, Dance, University of Florida
  • Michael White, PhD, Professor of Spanish and African American Music, Xavier University
  • Teniece Divya Johnson, MFA, MA, Intimacy Coordinator/Director
  • Anna Détári, MA, MSc(Hons), BA(Hons), Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award Winner -


Special Workshops

Reserve your space (during registration) in these exciting off-site workshops. There is no charge to attend but space is limited!!

  • Visit Preservation Hall: What Performing Does to the Body, John Chong, MD, FRCPC
  • Visit Bourbon Street: Bourbon St.'s Acoustic Battlefield, Kris Chesky, PhD





Attending a salon allows for a more intimate and in-depth conversation into each topic. There is no additional charge to attend a salon. These occur during the lunch period; there will be options for purchasing lunch.

Saturday, June 20:

  1. Sports & Performing Arts: A gumbo to blend and simmer, Randy Dick, FACSM; Dr. Greg Stewart; Ashley Shabankareh
  2. Advocating for a Healthier Vocal Envirnoment: A Call to Action, Chandler Thompson, DMA, MS, CCC-SLP; Cynthia Hallett, MPH
  3. Sustaining a Creative & Healthy Practice in Acting, Mark Seton, PhD
  4. Crafting a Mental Health Bill of Rights for Performers: Preventing Self-harm thru Self-advocacy, Jennie Morton, BSc, MS; Patrick Gannon, PhD; Susan Raeburn, PhD

Sunday, June 21:

  1. Dancer engagement in health: What are we missing? Isabel Artigues, BSc, MSc



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.

Please book your room at this hotel to make sure PAMA reaches it’s room block requirement.  If you book elsewhere, PAMA may fail to meet the room block.

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Nation's Leaders in Health Care for Musicians Gather @ 3 Day Summit

The no-cost, invitation-only Summit on Health Care Coverage and Access for Musicians, March 4 - 6, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA is an invitation-only networking event on best practices for regional and national nonprofit organizations which assist musicians in accessing health care coverage and services. Onsite capacity is limited to 85 participants.

Complimentary registration for a live and archived video broadcast of the Summit is available.

Click here for agenda or, for more information:

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

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel Hall-Flavin, MD, Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic and MS in Medical Humanities and Oxford Round Table facilitator;
Allan Lockwood, MD, Neurology & Board member, Social Responsibility, an original PAMA founding member and the first person to publish a major article in the New England Journal of Medicine on Performing Arts Medicine;
Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, Director of Harkness Center for Dance Medicine at New York University;
Madeline Bruser, The Art of Practicing, New York City

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 conference contact:,, OR

Susan Arjmand, MD, long time PAMA member, was an invited speaker for the annual seminar of the Central States Occupational and  Environmental Medicine Association in Naperville Il.  This is an annual meeting that draws physicians and nurses from the central Midwest states.  The topic was Introduction to Performing Arts Medicine for Occupational Medicine Clinicians.

PAMA Members Sang-Hie Lee, PhD and Merry Lynn Morris, MFA, PhD have published a book titled Perspectives in Performing Arts Medicine Practice: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The book is scheduled to be available on April 14, 2020. You can pre-order this book by clicking this link.

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



Abstracts are being sought for oral presentations (15 minute presentation), poster presentations, workshops (45 minutes), masterclasses (1 hour 20 minutes) or panel/round tables (50 minutes) on all aspects of voice.

To view the thematical themes or to submit an abstract, please click on the below link.


Enroll Today for the 2020 PAMA Membership Year

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

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