PAMA Notes - July 2018

Another Success Story

The 36th Annual PAMA International Symposium was an amazing experience which surpassed our expectations. The success of Glamour and Grit: Building an Entourage for Health at Chapman University was resounding through feedback from attendees. Keynote speakers, guest lecturers, and abstract authors presented to an enthusiastic crowd in the beautiful Musco Center for the Arts and the Chapman University Memorial Hall Auditorium.

We had 229 attendees at the symposium and 52 at the pre-conference certificate course. As always, our attendees come from around the world; countries represented this year are Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States.

This year marked a new era for the pre-conference certificate course as several new exam types were added to the breadth of the course. The course exams are now geared more specifically to physicians, allied health practitioners, or persons involved with instrumental music, dance, or voice. This is an exciting time in the growth of the course.

Currently we are in high gear with the opening of the 2019 abstract submission system. We hope you will join us in Los Angeles, California, USA, from June 28 to July 1, 2019, for the 37th Annual PAMA International Symposium: "Hollywood & Health: Bringing the Best From East to West for 'Performing Artist-Centric' Care".

If you still need to acquire your credits for attending the symposium or the pre-conference certificate course, please contact Dorry Allen for instructions.


Call for Abstracts

The 37th Annual PAMA International Symposium will take place June 28 - July 1, 2019 at UCLA in Los Angeles, California, USA.

All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members.

We encourage the submission of a wide variety of evidence informed abstracts including those that are research or educational in nature (state of the art/science, evidence review and clinical updates) as well as proposals for workshops. Please review the abstract submission form and abstract tutorial.  Abstracts submitted to PAMA will be reviewed by the Research Committee.

This year also features a poster competition for all presentations accepted for the poster format!

The abstract submission system closes on October 15, 2018.

Visit the symposium pages at new information will be added often.

Click here to watch the symposium trailer!

For questions, please contact Dorry Allen at or the Research Committee Chair at

PAMA Announces NEW Membership Category

PAMA is proud to introduce the new Retiree membership category! Beginning in the 2019 enrollment period those persons who are retired and meet the eligibility requirements will be able to enroll in this new category.

Those seeking to enroll as a retiree will need to meet these requirements:

Age 65+
Proof of Retirement
Continuous PAMA Member in good standing for the previous five years

Enrollment for the 2019 PAMA Membership year will open on December 1, 2018.

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.

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

Please contact Dorry Allen with questions.

Media Spotlight

A Call to Action: Suicide in the Creative Community – “You Got This” Initiative and James Blake

The panel discussion led by Bethany Bultman included Patrick Gannon, Mark Seton, and James Blake. Billboard was present at this panel and produced a great article which was picked up by several other sources...
Consequences of Sound
The Guardian
The Resident Advisor

Congratulations to our Newest PAMA Board Members

Lucinda Halstead, MD – President-Elect
Lucinda Halstead, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the Department of Pediatrics at MUSC. She received her MD degree from George Washington University and completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in the Combined Tufts University – Boston University Residency Program.

Melody Hrubes, MD – Director
Dr. Melody Hrubes is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. She is the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and an Assistant Professor at in the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Hrubes has experience with broad-based musculoskeletal injuries with particular interest in injury prevention and biomechanical rehabilitation in performing artists. She is a team physician for the United States Soccer Federation and the UIC Flames Division I athletes.

A.B.M.(Boni) Rietveld, MD, PhD, BA (mus) - Director
Boni Rietveld (1952, Rotterdam, The Netherlands) is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire for Music in The Hague (trumpet, 1976), of Leiden University Medical Centre (MD, 1978) and a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon (Leiden, 1987). He specialised in dancers’ and musicians’ injuries, a.o. with W.G.Hamilton, orthopaedic surgeon of the New York City Ballet Company. In 1988 he was appointed orthopaedic surgeon of the Nederlands Dans Theater. This activity merged into the Medical Centre for Dancers and Musicians (MCDM), which he established in The Hague Medical Centre (HMC).

J. Matt McCrary, BS, BFA, PhD – Director
Dr. J. Matt McCrary, BS (movement science), BFA (jazz percussion performance), PhD is an early career postdoctoral researcher with a spectrum of musical, athletic, and scientific experience and expertise, currently working as a Clinical Research Officer in the Prince of Wales Clinical School at UNSW Sydney. His interest in performing arts medicine began as a sophomore performance major at the University of Michigan School of Music when he suffered his first playing-related musculoskeletal disorder. Drawing upon his training experiences as a nationally recognized high-school athlete (USA Volleyball Olympic Development Program), Dr. McCrary enrolled in an introductory exercise science course in an attempt to gain the necessary scientific knowledge base to apply athletic training and injury prevention principles to his own percussion performances. This spawned a new dual, complementary interest in music performance and performance science, notably leading to work as full-time musician at Disneyland Resort in California and award of a Fulbright Postgraduate Student Grant to conduct performing arts medical research with Dr. Bronwen Ackermann at the University of Sydney.


Upcoming PAMA Regional Meeting

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

Notes from USF-PAMA Southeast Regional Meeting in Tampa, Florida

The third PAMA Southeast regional meeting at the University of South Florida convened June 1-3, 2018 for three intense days of interdisciplinary exchange amongst accomplished performing arts and health researchers, educators, and practitioners. The conference opened with a Welcome Address by Dr. Charles Lockwood, Vice President of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. Two esteemed keynote presenters, Dr. William Dawson and Dr. Tom Welsh, set the stage for the morning's array of topics in both music and dance. In the afternoon, another engaging keynote presentation was give by Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin. The conference included an evening of concert with dance and music programs and a panel session of six health providers addressing some of the questions solicited from the participants.

Click here to read the full report.

University of South Florida dance students perform in Lost and Found, a choreographic work performed for the USF-PAMA Concert, choreographed by Dr. Merry Lynn Morris, USF Dance Program faculty, with original music by Baljinder Sekhon, USF Music Professor.



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.

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