PAMA Notes - January 20, 2014

Toronto Regional Meeting is Right around the Corner!

Join us for the PAMA Toronto Regional Meeting - "Music...Movement...Mood"

February 8-9, 2014
Toronto, Canada

Join PAMA for the Fourth Annual Toronto Regional Meeting; Music...Movement...Mood - Bringing together health professionals and artists to explore how basic science enhances rehabilitation, prevention, and performance. This meeting is for all professionals who provide care and training for performing artists who wish to gain new insights, knowledge, and skills to improve their practice.  Performers and students will learn how performance skills can be improved. Don't miss this two-day intensive meeting!

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"Free to Play!"  A PAMA Regional Meeting

March 7-9, 2014
Tampa, Florida

In collaboration with USF School of Music and the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. This program is designed to introduce the concept of performing arts medicine and disseminate its diverse implications on performing arts education, injury prevention and rehabilitation, medical education, and healthier arts communities. This program is specifically designed for physicians, nurses, physical therapists, residents, local and regional performing artists, and educators.

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PAMA Workshop in Conjunction with the MTNA Conference in Chicago

"Health and Wellness of the Musician Course: From the Classroom to the Stage"

March 21, 2014
Chicago, Illinois

Are you a clinician or music educator who wants to know more about the intricacies of musicians and playing related problems?

The Performing Arts Medicine Education Committee is offering a Health and Wellness half-day multidisciplinary course to further the knowledge and skills of clinicians and music educators working with musicians or music students.

The course will cover the associated risk factors, life-span issues, cultural, and contextual distinctions of health problems unique to musicians. Participants will hear research-based lectures on the assessment and management of various music specific health issues and further how to engage with the musician and promote education and prevention strategies for these important playing issues.

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Join PAMA Membership to Start your Benefits Today

PAMA is an organization comprised of dedicated medical professionals, artists educators, and administrators with the common goal of improving the health care of the performing artist. Members join from around the world.

Benefits include a subscription to the quarterly peer-reviewed Medical Problems of Performing Artists journal; discount registration fee for the annual symposium, listing in PAMA membership directory (optional) ---very helpful when referring patients, sponsorship of Alice G. Brandfonbrener Award for the best paper by a young investigator, opportunities for networking and involvement in various committees, and access to a comprehensive bibliography of relevant articles, books, and tapes

Membership runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31. Members joining later in the year will receive all quarterly issues of the journal for the year and will be included in all member directories until February 1 of the following year. 

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Save the Date! PAMA Symposium

Mark your calendars for the 32nd Annual PAMA Symposium, June 26-29 2014 at the Westin in Snowmass.  This year’s theme “Competitions and Creative Collaborations:  Identifying and Promoting Health Artistry from Studio to Stage” must have struck a good note with many members of our community because we received a record number of abstract submissions this year.  Great news for those attending since those that will be selected for the limited time slots will be of high quality. Make your plans to attend now.  Registration information coming soon.

NASM Meeting

Pictured: (from left to right) John Chong, MD, FRCPC, PAMA President; William Dawson, MD; Bonnie Robson, MD, FRCPC

PAMA was honored this year to be asked to present a 90 minutes session on health and wellness for performing artists and students/faculty at this year’s national NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) one of the most prestigious credentialing organizations in the US with close to 650 educational institutional members and founded in 1924.  Their national conference draws a large number of participants every year and it was a pleasure to participate and experience the conference for our three person delegation.  

Thank You!

Thank you to Bill Dawson for his contribution of his royalties from his book, "Fit as a Fiddle. The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy".  Bill has graciously agreed to donate all royalties to help PAMA in its mission.


Purchase the Book (note: NAfME members will receive a discount when ordering through the publisher's website)

Bon Voyage!

Wishing our Cuba travelers a Bon Voyage!  We can all look forward to hearing a report from the Cuba group, upon their return, about their exciting and enlightening expedition!


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