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

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

Join PAMA and our colleagues in New York for this momentous event combining the fields of performing arts medicine, sports medicine, and medical education to address artists and performers health issues.

The primary learning objectives are as follows:

After participating in this Symposium, attendees will be able to improve the care of performing artists/athletes and advance the work of performing arts/sports medicine as a field by:

  • Identifying current determinants of health including socio-economic, gender and racial inequalities in arts and entertainment/sports potentially leading to problems that contribute to injuries and illness in performing artists/athletes of all genres
  • Applying emerging research and treatment options emphasizing concepts of neuroplasticity for hearing health, neuro-musculoskeletal/vocal health and psychological health and identifying specific treatment implications for the performing arts/sports clinician.
  • Incorporating education and information about the potential health risks of human performance in the care of both student and professional performing artists and athletes.
  • Combining content from our partner organizations including ACSM, MTNA, and others in the Athletes and the Arts collaboration.

Invited Keynote List Includes:

Norman Doidge, Sir Michael Marmot, Bobbi Lancaster, Misty Copeland, Jon Batiste, Marshall Chasin, Mickey Stewart, Ekhart Altenmuller, Bessel van der Kolk, and Garrick Ohlsson


Extend your learning – attend our 2-day pre-conference workshop geared toward the practicing professional.

July 5 - 6, 2016 (Tuesday - Wednesday) Pre-Conference Certificate Course
 in conjunction with ACSM - NYU Langone Medical Center

2 DAY sports medicine/performing arts medicine course in advance of PAMA 2016 July meeting in NYC.  Information presented will include:

  • Pre-participation exam for performing artist (focusing on musicians and dancers)
  • Core info presented (across both musicians and dancers) mostly lecture format
  • Psychological issues (including hypofunctioning when returning to performance?)
  • Hearing health and testing
  • Kinetic change, core strength (and high level of range of motion)
  • Cardiovascular health (aerobic / anaerobic assessment   
  • Musculoskeletal strength in upper and lower extremities, with emphasis on knee foot and ankle health
  • Maintaining range of motion / flexibility      
  • Unique issues around voice performance and stage

Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your practice skills.


Abstract Submissions

If you are interested in submitting an abstract for the 2016 Symposium in NYC, please review the guidelines available here - Click here for the guidelines. The deadline for 2016 Symposium submissions is November 1, 2015.

You will be notified of acceptance by January 31, 2016.

Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen  or Julie Massaro


Apply for Symposium Awards

There are two annual awards available to students and young professionals interested in pursuing their studies and career in performing arts medicine:

PAMA members are encouraged to review the guidelines and share this information with eligible young people who seek to make PAM a part of their careers. The deadline for submission is November 1.

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