PAMA Notes - May 15, 2013

Advertise to the Performing Arts Medicine Community

PAMA has several opportunities available for you and/or your business to advertise directly to the performing arts community. The PAMA symposium is a great way to get your message to a targeted audience. You may purchase advertising space in the syllabus book or purchase an exhibit table. Get your message out to a concentrated target audience of symposium attendees that include medical professionals, clinicians, researchers, artists, educators, and administrators. The deadline for advertisements is June 21, 2013.


  • Business Card Ad - $75
  • Quarter Page Ad - $150
  • Half Page Ad - $250
  • Exhibit Table - $350

For more information, to receive the advertising style guide, or to purchase or reserve your advertising space for the 2013 symposium, please contact Dorry Allen at

2013 PAMA Symposium - "Maximizing Performance: Artistry, Implementation and Empowerment"
July 20 - 23, 2013 (Saturday - Tuesday)

Register now ( Register here ) for the 2013 PAMA symposium and receive the early bird discount. This year will focus on maximizing performance and feature two well renowned experts in the field of sports medicine and exercise with professional performance experience.

This years planning committee is pleased to announce that we have been approved for 21.5 CME credits for the full conference and including the pre-conference workshop.  
Two new exciting features for this year's Symposium - 
Pre-Conference Workshop
Friday, July 19, 2013
The Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine - a course designed to give participants a solid base of understanding about how to evaluate health issues among performing artists of all kinds.  This course is  a full day experience and will provide 6.5 CME credits.  For more information see the  PAMA website pre-conference workshop page. You will be able to register for this workshop when you register for the symposium.
PAMA Salons
Sunday, July 21, 6:30-9:00 pm
Be sure to sign up and participate in our salon offerings this year. Sunday evening we will conduct 4 different salons focused on 4 topics of interest and hosted by experts in that area.  These salons will take place in a local area restaurant - a separate registration fee is required and includes dinner and great networking, information exchange and conversation.  Choose which one you would like to participate in when you register for the symposium. Click here to read more about the PAMA salons.

Don't miss out, register for the symposium now!  Register here

Join or Renew Your PAMA Membership Now


Membership in PAMA provides you with many benefits such as a subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists, listing in our database for referrals or resources, discounted fee at the Annual Symposium, and plenty of networking opportunities throughout the year.  PAMA membership runs on a calendar year, so enroll now to receive the most from your benefits.


Click here to enroll as a PAMA member today.


Feature - Get To Know Your PAMA Board Members

As a new ongoing series, we will be taking a bit of space in each upcoming PAMA Notes to introduce you to one or more of our Board members so that you can know them better and feel free to reach out to them for help or to express your thoughts on taking PAMA into the future.

Our President:

“Introducing” President John Chong, MD, BASc, MSc

From his roots in Oakville Ontario Canada, piano lessons began at age 3 and helped him advance to study at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto with Clifford Poole on scholarship. After an injury to his right hand from over practicing the Wanderer Fantasy when he was 14, he went on to study electronic music and composition with Samuel Dolin. He performed at Massey Hall and completed the ARCT in Piano Performance at age 17. His prize winning composition Continuum was performed by the Toronto Symphony the same year. With the intention of a career in electronic music he went on to graduate in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto while working as a summer student at the National Research Council at the Electronic Music Laboratory with Hugh LeCaine in Ottawa.

His interests shifted to study in the fields of medicine, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, occupational health, public health and preventive medicine, acupuncture, and psychotherapy at McMaster University. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences tenured in 1990. As the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, he has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986.

His current clinical and research interest is regulation of the autonomic nervous system using neuro-biofeedback techniques for the prevention of repetitive strain injuries, focal dystonia, chronic pain, and depression. He teaches Performance Awareness at the Glenn Gould School Performance and Artist Diploma Programs at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He is the medical consultant for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has received the Governor General Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Summer Music Festival, he has introduced injury prevention concepts to the gifted participants of the Academy. He has been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Toronto, Ottawa, Wilfred Laurier, and Santiago Chile. He is a Research Associate of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto. He was a founding member and now is the President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association leading the transformation “PAMAForte! – Rewriting the future of PAMA”.

Feel free to contact John regarding PAMA, the future or any ideas you have with regards to advancing performing arts medicine.

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