PAMA Notes - August 2015

Performing Arts Medicine Newsletter    |     August 2015


A Message from the PAMA President, Nancy Kadel, MD

Nancy Kadel, MD

It is my distinct honor as President to wrap up the 2015 annual meeting.  I think it was a great symposium and I hope you enjoyed the event and the concerts. 

I would first like to thank everyone who presented such high quality papers, workshops and posters.  I would also like to thank Julie Massaro, our Executive Director, along with Dorry Allen and David Allen for membership and tech support, and all the volunteers who put so much work into this meeting.

I would like to extend a special thank you to our program chairs, Dr. Lucinda Halstead and Dr. Jeff Russell, who did such a fantastic job this year.  This entire symposium would not take place without the many, many hours of work, dedication and professional expertise of these hardworking individuals.  Together they completely reformatted and revised the abstract submission process. This is reflected in the high quality of the abstracts and the scientific program this year.

We have them to thank also for inviting the amazing keynote speakers and the superb Lederman lecturer; Drs. Sataloff, Mainwaring and Echternach.  I challenge any of you who heard these presentations to leave this meeting unchanged or uninspired.

The new Young Professionals Committee has worked to help integrate students and young professionals into the performing arts medicine field.  I am excited to tell you about a new mentorship program we will be launching after the Symposium.  Personally I think mentoring young professionals has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.  You will be receiving information soon about the program and I encourage your participation. I strongly believe this is the future of performing arts medicine and PAMA.

New York 2016.  I am so excited after this years’ meeting of such high quality to go forward to our 2016 meeting in New York City.  We will be collaborating with Weill-Cornell Medical College and the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries. Our connection with ACSM has strengthened and I look forward to our planned 2-day pre-conference workshop. We will continue to work with ACSM toward a specialty certification in performing arts medicine.

It promises to be a fantastic meeting, with the potential for significant growth of our organization, but only if you submit your research work.

In closing, I have loved this interdisciplinary organization since my first PAMA meeting.  I look forward to being able to interact and learn from students, educators, researchers, therapists and physicians all with a passion for the health problems of performing artists. For example, even though I will never look at someone’s vocal cords, I still enjoy these presentations and can learn something about research methods, forming a question, or best practices in providing care to performing artists.

Performing arts medicine is becoming more accepted as a distinct field. We still need to work on bridging the gap between research, clinician and the performer.  We need to improve our translation of science/research/observation into meaningful best practices for artists and educators.  We need more evidence based recommendations, and therefore continued valid research to advance our specialty.

I believe the contributions of all members of PAMA (whether that includes education, research or healthcare) are vital to the success of this organization.  Certainly, as an orthopedic surgeon, I know the process of healing and return to function for my patients does not end with the removal of sutures or a cast.  Just as I need the help of MSK and psychological therapists, nutritionists, teachers and researchers to give the best care to my patients; PAMA needs the participation of all of those disciplines and all of you to be truly transformative.

So to paraphrase the African proverb of “It takes a village to raise a child”.  I hope that all of you (particularly you new faces) come to find (as I did) the PAMA village as your new home, and together we can improve the health and well-being of performing artists.

Evaluations - Final Call

We would like to include your feedback in the planning for future symposia. If you have not yet submitted your daily evaluations from the 2015 symposium, please do so by this Friday July 31. Evaluations are strictly electronic and can be accessed by clicking this link: 2015 PAMA Symposium Evaluations

Submit Attendance Attestations

If you have not yet submitted your attestation of attendance for the 2015 Symposium, you may still do so by clicking this link and completing the attestation form. You will receive either a certificate of credit or a certificate of attendance. Certificates will be sent to you through email.

Report on Bylaws Changes Voted On at the Annual General Meeting

At this year’s annual membership meeting, PAMA members were presented with the opportunity to vote on a variety of changes to the PAMA Bylaws.  The proposed changes were sent to all members more than 30 days prior to the meeting in Snowmass on Friday July 10th and members were asked to comment during that 30 days prior to the meeting. Many of the changes were just to clean up language or spell out items.  
All of the bylaws changes passed by a simple majority ballot vote.  There was one bylaws change that involved the qualifications & designations eligible to hold the office of President Elect and President (Article VI: Officers, Section 1.)  Since the vote on this particular bylaws change was very close, even though it passed, President Nancy Kadel has asked that the bylaws committee take a look at it again for proper wording and consideration. This will be reviewed this next year and the bylaws committee will make a recommendation to the board after review.
You can access the bylaws by logging in to the members area on the PAMA website.  For any questions, please contact Julie Massaro, Executive Director at 303-808-5643 or

Join Us in Cuba

Health and Safety in the Arts in Cuba Program

January 24 - January 31, 2016

Sponsored by: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Health in the Arts Program and Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to visit Cuba and have personal experiences with outstanding members of Cuba’s arts culture, while learning about the health issues faced by these professional artists. Participants will engage backstage with the Cuban National Ballet, National Symphony, Buena Vista Social Club, and other treasured members of the Cuban arts world.

Call for Abstracts - 2016 in New York!

Make it! Not Break it! Creating the Resilient Performing Artist and Athlete

PAMA International Symposium: July 7 - 10, 2016 (Thursday - Sunday)
Pre-conference Course: July 5 - 6, 2016 (Tuesday - Wednesday)
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2016 PAMA Symposium in New York. The deadline to submit an abstract is November 1, 2015. PAMA is accepting abstracts for the 34th annual PAMA Symposium on Medical Problems of Performing Artists, and particularly encourage the submission of research-based abstracts.  Proposals for workshops and educational abstracts are also welcome.

All professionals and students are invited to submit an abstract. Submissions are not restricted to PAMA members. You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2016. Questions may be directed to: Dorry Allen at
View Abstract Guidelines and Download Abstract Templates
View Symposium Objectives
Submit an Abstract

2015 PAMA Symposium a Success

Thanks to all of our great presenters, planners, volunteers and attendees, the 2015 PAMA Symposium on Medical Problems of Performers was a huge success.  From the initial feedback we have received, the program content was very strong this year from the wonderful keynotes all the way through the plenary sessions, workshops and posters presented.  

We  have a limited number of the hard copy Syllabi left for those who might want to purchase one - especially if you were unable to make it this year.  Please contact Julie or Dorry to order your copy now.  $75 each.

PAMA Young Professionals Group Takes Off

Thank you to all who attended the Young Professionals Committee meeting at the recent PAMA Summer Symposium in Snowmass.  And a special thank you to Melissa Hatheway Chair of the Young Professionals Committee for organizing everything at the conference this year and all of her involvement this past year. The minutes from the Symposium meeting are attached here for your review.  
We encourage all students and recently graduated professionals in the performing arts medicine world to get involved with this group the share your experiences, receive information and opportunities to grow your career and connect with others.  At the end of the minutes there is a list of the three sub-committees of the group and their related projects where you might like to get involved. The sub-committees are: Symposium, Mentor Program, and Outreach. 
The Symposium sub-committee has the least responsibilities and related projects; therefore it is the perfect fit for those committee members who do not have a lot of time to commit but still want to be involved! The other two sub-committees will have projects throughout the year leading up to the symposium. Please feel free to call with questions on any of these.
Also watch your email and PAMA Notes for information coming on the mentor program we will be rolling out very soon!  
Please let us know which sub-committee(s) you would like to be involved with!

Other Upcoming Regional Meetings

Annual Healthy Approaches in the Training of Performing Artists Conference - Medical Issues and Applied Practices
Presented by Chapman University in conjunction with the Performing Arts Medicine Association
September 12-13, 2015
Chapman University
Orange, California
Call for Presentations!  Due May 1, 2015
Visit the website 
The Second Piano Pedagogy, "Touch and Tone in Mindful Pianists"
University of South Florida School of Music in collaboration with PAMA and The Music Gallery
October 16 & 17, 2015
University of South Florida School of Music
Barness Recital Hall
Learn More
Creating and Maintaining Wellness for Performing Artists - PAMA Regional Meeting
Cleveland Clinic Lerner Institute
November 20 - 21, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio
Please save the date for our upcoming Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) Regional Conference in Cleveland November 20-21 "Creating and Maintaining Wellness for Performing Artists" hosted by the Cleveland Clinic at the Lerner Institute. Dr. Richard Lederman, co-founder of PAMA will be giving a keynote on the history of performing arts medicine and Dr. Michael Roizen will be giving the main keynote address "The Wellness Imperative." With many renowned specialists coming to Cleveland to share their expertise on wellness for performing artists, this is a not to be missed event!

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