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Abstract Guidelines

PAMA’s annual Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists provides time for attendees to present their research and successes.  The Symposium Program Committee reviews abstracts for purposeful research, outcomes of value to the audience, and innovative approaches to caring for performing artists. Abstracts may be education based with goals and objectives illustrated and outcomes evaluated.  

Accepted abstracts will be assigned by the Symposium Program Committee to one of the following:

    • 12-minute live presentation plus 3 minutes for Q&A (total of 15 minutes)
    • Poster presentation
    • Workshop
    • Panel Presentation

Authors are asked to narrow their focus to present the key points and not the full range of one’s work.  The author should keep in mind the learning objective of their paper.  It is possible to request a longer time if sufficient reason can be provided. Use the comment section of the submission form to request a longer time and provide the reason.


  1. Submissions must be made by December 10 using the submission form located at the bottom of this page.
  2. Guidelines and policies to follow, which include:
    1. The purpose of a paper is to educate attendees; no commercial interests are permitted.
    2. One paper is to be presented per author -- a co-author may submit an additional abstract and follow the guidelines presented here.


    • Notification of acceptance or denial for abstract submissions will be made by January 31.  E-mail is the preferred method of contacting you.  If e-mail is not available to you, please provide a telephone number.


    • Letters will be provided to abstract presenters for use in securing funding, upon request.
    • Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to expand their abstract (up to a maximum of four pages) to provide a fuller explanation and resources for attendees and for inclusion in the conference compendium. For initial submissions, abstracts must be no longer than one page.
    • Presenters should advise if co-authors will present with them on stage in order to list them in the Symposium schedule.


      • Any research in the area of performing arts medicine--surveys, studies, outcomes--is acceptable.
      • Experience and education models are accepted with defined goals and outcomes.
      • The focus should be narrowed to be presented in 12 minutes or on a single poster (size to be advised).
      • Abstracts length should be no more than one page upon submission.
      • Format for abstracts:

name of author(s) with degree(s)
city, state, country

    • English, single spaced, one-inch margins
    • Times New Roman, 12 point font

Original research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by a research ethics committee [also known as an ethics review board, institutional review board ('IRB'), or human subjects committee].  Select a statement on the submission form regarding your research.

Questions? Contact Dorry Allen at


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