PAMA Notes - October 2017

Performing Arts Medicine Newsletter | October 2017

Deadline Approaching!

Call for Abstracts

Submissions are due by October 15, 2017

36th Annual PAMA International Symposium

Glamor and Grit: Building an Entourage for Health

Saturday, June 30 - Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Chapman University, Orange, California, USA

We encourage the submission of research-based abstracts. Educational abstracts as well as proposals for interactive workshops will also be accepted. Abstracts submitted to PAMA will be reviewed by the Research Committee. All professionals and students are encouraged to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members.

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Submission Deadline is October 15, 2017

No extensions will be granted


Learn more about the 2018 symposium:
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AGB Young Investigator Award

Submissions for the Alice G. Brandfonbrener Young Investigator Award are due October 15, 2017.

This award is given to an investigator in recognition of recently completed original research. The recipient is either still enrolled or is a recent graduate of an educational, training or residency program. The research and paper is usually the result of one of the first significant studies made by the author. The research and paper is not previously published to be considered for this award.

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Martin Brandfonbrener Scholarship

Submission deadline is October 15, 2017

Criteria for selection:
  • Candidates will be Medical or Osteopathic students in their third or fourth year.
  • Preference will be given to students who have studied one of the performing arts.
The award includes:
  • Tuition waiver for the Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists.
  • Stipend of $250 toward expenses for travel to the Symposium.

Your PAMA Committees at Work

Committee Report Summary - September 30, 2017

Development Committee

Chair, Kathleen Riley

To clarify the purpose and direction of the existing special Development fund established in Dick and Alice’s names:

  1. A designated fund (bank account) “that meets the parameters for which the funds were raised and that the board could review, approve and then implement”
  2. The name of the Fund be changed to Founders’ Legacy Fund
  3. What to Fund: As Dick has suggested, we propose the following:
    1. keeping Alice’s name attached to the research award,
    2. serving as a source of support, for example, of a travel “fellowship” for a student or resident to attend the annual meeting
    3. support for the annual lectureship currently in Dick’s name (ie existing AGB, and MB scholarship, and Lederman Lecture)

Education Committee

Chair: Christine Guptill (University of Alberta)
Co-Chair: Rose Schmieg (Shenandoah University)
Co-Chair – Pre-conference: Bronwen Ackermann (University of Sydney)

The PAMA education committee had a productive meeting at the PAMA annual symposium on June 30th, 2017. Based on the discussions at that meeting, the following action items will be implemented this fall:

  1. Rose Schmieg will send the committee the symposium meeting notes during week of October 4th.
  2. The goal of this discussion is to define the audience. Then we can take the next step to meet requirements for implementation. The Education committee will engage in the following discussions via email set up by Rose Schmieg:
  1. If we were to endeavor in delivering CEU quizzes in the MPPA journal, which audiences do we wish to target?
    • MDs- how will we handle CME delivery?
    • Athletic Trainers-we will need PAMA to be BOC approved providers?
    • Physical Therapists-this seems easy to meet what is called a type 2 CEU-basically topic must relate to PT practice
    • OTs
    • Voice therapy
    • Music educators
    • Dance educators
  1. NASM Guidelines discussion: The goal of this discussion is to see what PAMA education committee can do to assist NASM educators with implementing the health/safety guidelines.

Executive Committee

Marc Brodsky, Ralph Manchester, Nancy Kadel, John Chong, Clay Miller

PAMAengage! is participation of the growing membership in PAMA and includes the following:

  1. All members have a voice in the organization and receive recognition for their PAMA-related activities. Members are taking the opportunity to be creative forces in the organization through PAMA Notes, the Committees, and Regional Meetings.
  2. We honor the legacy of PAMA and our founders as a source of identity and pride of our organization

Liaison Committees

International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) Liaison
Jeff Russell, PAMA/IADMS Liaison

Annual conference
The IADMS annual conference is October 10-15, 2017 in Houston.

Potential collaboration

PAMA and IADMS are the two premier, long-time, well-regarded international organizations devoted to performing arts medicine. Thus, it makes sense to explore ways for the organizations to work together. In October 2017, IADMS will install a new president, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Peter Lavine. There also will be a newly installed Board of IADMS, some members of which also are PAMA members and regular attendees of PAMA conferences.

International Liaison Committee
Bronwen Ackermann

  • Keep PAMA informed of any upcoming international PAM events.
  • Direct any inquiries to relevant PAM organisations in other countries as requested.
  • Connect researchers between countries if such inquiries arise.

Music Teachers National Association Liaison
Gail Berenson, PAMA/MTNA Liaison

  • For the fifth consecutive year, MTNA is offering a wellness track within Pedagogy Saturday 2018, the pre-conference event held one day prior to the MTNA National Conference, which this year will take place in Orlando, FL at the Coronado Springs Hotel and Conference Center on March 17, 2018. A number of PAMA members presenting include: Deanna McBroom, Jennie Morton, Dr. Jeff Russell and MTNA keynote speaker, Dr. Eckart Altenmüller. I have attached a copy of the 2018 program to this message.
  • Gail Berenson and Brenda Wristen continue to co-chair a wellness series that MTNA has published in its journal, The American Music Teacher, and is now in its fourth year. This year’s authors are all PAMA members: Deanna McBroom, Jennie Morton and Dr. Carina Joly

National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Liaison
Jeff Russell, PAMA/NATA Liaison

Future annual conference dates:

  • June 26-29, 2018, New Orleans, LA
  • June 24 -27, 2019, Las Vegas, NV

To the extent possible, it would be helpful to performing arts athletic trainers if the PAMA symposium could be scheduled to not occur during or immediately adjacent to the NATA symposium.

Potential collaboration

Athletic trainers (ATs) are an ideal type of healthcare professional to provide care to performing artists (not suggesting they are the only ones or the best, just that they have ideal skills to apply in performing arts as part of a comprehensive healthcare team), especially in university environments where ATs are already accustomed to working with sports. In trying to provide accessible care for more performing artists and to create awareness of athletic trainers to more performing arts personnel, the Performing Arts Medicine Workgroup of the NATA is interested in exploring ways that they and PAMA can collaborate. The workgroup is interested in pursuing mutually beneficial dialogue if PAMA leadership is willing to do so.

Membership Committee

Chair, Jason Hu, MD
Bethany E. Bultman, Kathleen Davenport, MD, Julie Kirchen, Martha Patterson, OT, Kristina Quirolgico, MD, Krissy Sutton

2017 Membership Committee Objectives:

  1. Review current membership status.
  2. Discuss and implement ideas on increasing PAMA membership.
  3. Discuss and implement ideas on strengthening and improving relationships between PAMA and members.
  4. Exploring social media relationships with members and potential members.

Research Committee

Chair, Esther Nolton
Vice-Chair, Christine Guptill

  • The PAMA RC will continue to hold their annual workshop and would appreciate your help in identifying research education topics YOU want to learn more about! Please email suggestions to RC Chair, Esther Nolton, at Thank you!
  • We have 24 PAM-expert volunteers prepared to review your PAMA Symposium abstract submissions! Please note that the submission deadline is earlier this year (October 15th) to allow accepted presenters more time to apply for travel grants and to avoid encroaching on the reviewers' holiday plans. We thank you for your timely submissions and hard work!
  • We are in the process of reevaluating our committee resources and activities to better serve the PAMA membership. Please stay tuned for more information about opportunities for research education, support, and service!

Symposium 2018 Planning Committee

Program Chairs: Robin Kish, Jennie Morton

Theme and Objectives

  • Glamor and Grit: Building an Entourage for Health.
  • The theme for our 2018 symposium is oriented around combining all the facets that facilitate improved health support in the arts, to ensure that performing artists' needs are addressed from all angles. These include:
  1. Health education in performing arts training (physical and psychological)
  2. Access to appropriate health care
  3. Training & educating Performing Arts Medicine specialists to meet the needs of this population
  4. Addressing the cultural biases that perpetuate unhealthy habits/ practices in the arts
  5. Creating safe working environments for performers
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

USF-PAMA Collaborative and the Performing Arts Medicine Association
Third USF-PAMA Southeast Regional Conference

Lifecycle of the Performing Artist

June 1-3, 2018

USF School of Music Barness Recital Hall

The third USF-PAMA Conference is focused on research and education of healthy practice and longevity of performing artists’ life cycle. Its scope extends to intersecting arts, medicine, ethics, and medical humanities.

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Call for Abstracts

Deadline - 5pm, January 12, 2018

You are invited to submit an abstract on topics t hat include a broad spectrum of research and practice relating to Performing Arts Medicine including various topics associated with the lifecycle of the performing artist. Participants selected by the program committee will have the opportunity to present and share their research to contribute to the conference objectives.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically by 5:00 pm on January 12, 2018

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Third USF-PAMA-The Music Gallery
Piano Pedagogy Symposium

Longevity Through Awareness of Touch and Tone

June 3-5, 2018

Barness Recital Hall & USF School of Music

Third USF-PAMA-The Music Gallery Piano Pedagogy Symposium is focused on the awareness of the body, touch and tone, coordinated techniques, mind-body connection, and longevity in learning, teaching and playing the piano. The Symposium presents masterclasses, chamber music coaching, jazz piano, flow in music making, and musician-tailored yoga.

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International Conference on Performing Arts Medicine (ICPAM2018)

Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st March 2018 The Hague, The Netherlands

“State of the Art in Performing Arts Medicine”

Save the Date!

The goal of ICPAM2018 is to share state of the art medical scientific knowledge on the topics of dance, music, voice, hearing and mind.

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Click here for collaborator information


Call for Abstracts for ICPAM 2018
Abstract deadline: November 1st, 2017 23:59 CET

The scientific committee of the ICPAM2018 now welcomes abstracts for oral presentations as well as poster presentations for the International Conference on Performing Arts Medicine 2018 in The Hague The Netherlands.

The first day of ICPAM2018 is devoted to Musicians’ Medicine and the third day to Dance Medicine. On the ‘overlapping’ middle day, presentations with a more general character, appealing to a broader audience from both fields will be scheduled. The scientific committee invites presenters from all fields that connect to the theme: State of the Art in Performing Arts Medicine, including, but not limited to, clinical medicine, medical research, education, policy aspects and international relations in performing arts medicine.

Click here to download the Call for Abstracts

Visit the ICPAM 2018 website


The German Association for Dance Medicine (tamed) is calling for abstracts:

14th Congress of Dance Medicine:
June 1st − 3rd, 2018 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst

The 14th Congress of Dance Medicine offers the possibility for scientific and practical exchange on two general topics: promoting health through dance and promoting health for dancers, dance teachers, dance creators and ballroom dancers.

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Research Participants Needed

Perceptions of ideal ergonomics for violin performance

This study aims to explore the views of violinists and musicians’ health experts regarding the ideal way to support the instrument during violin playing. Your participation may help clarify important health and performance aspects of instrument set-up for violinists.

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Or, contact:
Mr Ju-Yang Chi - Phone: 0421 889 353 Email:
Dr Bronwen Ackermann at Email:

All enquires will be treated privately and confidentially.


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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