PAMA Notes - March 2017

PAMA International Symposium

Register Before April 1 for Discount!

There is only twelve days left before the price increases. Take advantage of our last early registration discount and join PAMA and our colleagues in Snowmass for the 2017 International Symposium combining the fields of performing arts medicine, sports medicine, and medical education to address artists and performers health issues.

Watch for the symposium schedule to be posted soon 

35th Annual PAMA Symposium "No Gain with Pain: Preventing and Overcoming Physical and Emotional Pain in Performing Artists"
June 29 - July 2, 2017 (Thursday - Sunday)
Westin Resorts - Snowmass, Colorado

Learn more about our keynote speakers Paul Williams and D. Andrew Tompkins. Over 100 abstract authors will present their work in plenary, workshop, and poster sessions during the course of the symposium. Enjoy a relaxed networking environment as well as a fabulous welcome reception.

For more information, visit our website.

Or, click here to register! Hurry, prices change after April 1, 2017.

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen  or Julie Massaro


Pre-conference Certificate Course

In conjunction with ACSM

June 27 - 28, 2017 (Tuesday - Wednesday)

Snowmass, Colorado

Extend your learning – attend our 2-day pre-conference certificate course geared toward the practicing professional.

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 new to performing arts medicine, this course will showcase 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.

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Symposium Accommodations

PAMA has secured reduced rates at the Westin Snowmass Resort and Wildwood Hotel. Please help us meet our organizational obligation by staying at one of these facilities.

You can book your room online using the links on our accommodations page - symposium accommodations

Or, call Erin Allen at 970-923-8215 if you need further assistance.


Show Your Support with the Official 2017 PAMA Symposium T-shirt

T-shirts are available for purchase when you register for the symposium. Simply add one or more to your cart. Each shirt is only $20. Order now to ensure you get the proper size and to help us meet our organizational goals for the Legacy Fund Raiser. Check out the sizing chart here.

T-shirts will be available for pick-up at the conference registration desk, so everyone may wear one and share in the PAMA legacy!  All profits support the Alice G. Brandfonbrener / Richard J. Lederman Legacy Fund.


Symposium Opportunities
Exhibit | Advertise | Sponsor

This is your opportunity to market your product or services to this unique target audience. The PAMA International Symposium is a gathering of  physicians, therapists, athletic trainers, educators, artistic directors, and other health care and performing arts professionals and students from around the world.


Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in leading a PAMA special interest lunch or salon at the 2017 Symposium? This is a great opportunity! Please send your name and the title of your proposed lunch/salon to Julie Massaro  All leaders must stay at the Westin.

There is Still Time to Enroll/Renew Your PAMA Membership

It is a great time to enroll as a new member or to renew your PAMA membership. The MPPA Journal has just been mailed to enrolled members. Those who sign-up now will still receive the March issue. You will also be able to take advantage of the symposium registration discount for members. PAMA regional meetings also offer a discount to PAMA members.

Join others from around the world in an organization comprised of dedicated medical professionals, artists educators, and administrators with the common goal of improving the health care of the performing artist.

Click to learn more about becoming a PAMA member

Or, click here to enroll now


PAMA Members - Let us know where you are speaking! We will be making announcements in each newsletter. Send your information to Dorry Allen at


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Your PAMA Committees at Work

Committee Report Summary  - March 2, 2017


Education Committee
1)   Our 2 major efforts continue:

  • PAMA/ ACSM pre-conference course 2017 in Snowmass, CO;
  • Revitalizing the Education Committee, clarifying its mandate and future goals for the next year.

2)   Most speakers are confirmed for the pre-conference course, and have agreed to the timelines and copyright agreement set out in the emails circulated. Speakers have been asked to stay at the conference hotels, and to attend a meeting on Monday evening at 6pm for last-minute planning.

3)   The Education Committee met in NYC to discuss strategies for meeting the committee’s mandate over the next year of our tenure.

  • The committee will explore the feasibility of having online evidence-based medicine/practice quizzes associated with case studies published in MPPA. We are in the very preliminary stages of this initiative and will report back once further discussion has taken place.
  • The committee has also suggested creating a test item bank, which is already ongoing with the pre-conference course.

Executive Committee

1)   Since the most recent Board Meeting, each member has been included in the planning process of the upcoming annual conference events and activities via PAMA Notes, members receive recognition for their PAMA-related activities in PAMA Note’s Member Playbill, and the Committee Chairs continue to recruit members and work to achieve their goals.
Liaison Committees
   NASM Task Force Liaison

  1. Awaiting feedback from NASM about collection of State of the Art Reviews on Psychological Health (StARs)

   NATS Liaison

  1. PAMA presenter Jennie Morton at NATS 2017 National Winter Workshop in San Diego
  2. PAMA presence at NATS July 2016 biannual convention in Chicago

   NOMC Liaison

  1. The NOMC's Dancer Wellness program continues to host monthly injury prevention workshops and Lindsay Gastright, an athletic trainer at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, regularly participates in performances as an on-site trainer to work with dancers.

Long Range Planning Committee
1)   Now that PAMA has chosen Chapman University in southern California to be the site of the 2018 meeting, the Long Range Planning Committee is looking at options for the 2019 meeting. In alphabetical order:

  • Banff
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • New Orleans
  • New York City

Membership Committee
1)   The committee has re-worked the current “Welcome” email for new members and this is now live.
2)   We are currently working on a template for a marketing package to be sent out ahead of all PAMA meetings. A draft document is planned to be ready for the July Board Meeting.

Nominating Committee
1)   3 positions currently need to be filled, and the committee will happily take suggestions from current board members to fill the vacancies.
Referrals Committee
1)   Working with Actors Fund to increase representation of PAMA members in directory for stage managers.

Research Committee
1)   Abstract Reviews

  • 2017 Abstract Reviews were another success!
  • The RC was very impressed by the number of high caliber abstracts – we are looking forward to a great program!

2)   International Musician Reviews

  • Relationship with International Musician has been reintroduced with new editor and clarified

3)   PAM Bibliography

  • Ongoing project led by Peter Visentin

4)   Research Mentorship

  • Journal Club – Joint Venture with Young Professionals Committee

Young Professionals Committee
1)   A sub-committee has been formed to brainstorm resources for a Young Professionals tab for the PAMA website.

2)   A sub-committee has been formed to assess the success of the Mentor Program and find ways to improve upon it in 2017.
3)   A sub-committee has been formed to create a journal club.

Committee participation is a great way to get involved in the PAMA community. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Julie Massaro at or Dorry Allen at


Member News

Member Sang-Hie Lee has published Scholarly Research for Musicians (Routeledge, 2017). This is a book that introduces different types of research methodology with a common approach.  The book has five parts that embraces the Common bases in music research, Qualitative research in music, Quantitative research in music, Performance science, and Review. Specific chapters have been authored by area experts: Chapter Three on The Twenty-first Century Library is written by Nancy Cunningham, Chapter Five, Music Theory Research is written by Juan Chattah and Chapter Eight on Ethnomusicology by Janet Sturman.
The novel chapters in Part IV, Performance science research are written by guest research experts from multidisciplinary fields:  Chapter Thirteen, Within-Subject Research with   Musicians is contributed by Tom Welsh, Keith Miller and Steven Chatfield; Chapter Fourteen, Measuring the Performer and Performance by Dustin Hardwick, Stephanie Carrey, Matthew Lazinski, and Sang-Hie Lee; and Chapter Fifteen, Measuring the Audience is written by George Waddell and Aaron Williamon.   
The book is accompanied by chapter-by-chapter powerpoint presentations for instructional use. 


Also from Sang-Hie Lee:  A CD published by Ravello Label and received A Silver Medal:


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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Upcoming Events

Summer NATS workshop, Legacy of Excellence, will be held July 20-22, 2017 in Boulder, CO.
Visit the NATS website for more details:

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