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Pre-conference Certificate Course

Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine Certificate Course

In conjunction with ACSM

June 18, 2020 (Thursday)

LSU, New Orleans, Louisiana

PAMA PAMA is offering a certificate of completion in performing arts medicine for physicians (MD and U.S. trained DO), allied healthcare professionals (athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, chiropractors, nurses, licensed massage therapists, manual osteopathic practitioners [including non-US trained osteopaths], acupuncturists, and others as approved), and arts educators. To receive the certificate, participants need to complete an online series of nineteen 30-minute lectures prior to an onsite afternoon session in New Orleans on Thursday, June 18, 2020. This 2-hour onsite session will provide an opportunity to synthesize online content and engage in interactive discussion and hands-on learning with subject experts. The onsite session will be followed by a 1-hour test of understanding. Participants need to pass the test in order to receive the certificate of completion (online lectures are included on the test).

Course content focuseson risk factors, life-span issues, and the interactive, cultural, and contextual distinctions of health problems that are unique to performing artists, highlighting specific opportunities and techniques for engagement, education, prevention and treatment in response to various arts-specific health concerns.This content is tailored to the background of course participants and presented as four concurrent streams: health professionals; music educators; dance educators; vocal educators. Participants are asked to select the most appropriate stream for their background and objectives in completing the course – only one stream can be completed at a time.

Following course completion, health professionals will be able to discuss occupation-specific questions that should be asked during the initial interview with performing artists to identify key injury causes; identify basic physical elements of performance on common instruments; apply key special assessment procedures that are useful when evaluating performing artists; establish goal-oriented and evidencebased treatment approaches; assess basic requirements of the occupational environment of the performing artist; implement functional return to performance protocols; and describe preventative approaches to medical problems of performing artists. Arts educators will be able to describe performance-relevant anatomy, physiology and psychological considerations; discuss and demonstrate the key components of a strong performance posture; identify injury risk factors; implement best-practice techniques to facilitate safe and productive rehearsals and performances; and understand the arts educators’ role in health promotion and rehabilitation.

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Topics for this Course Include:

  • General Health and Wellness for Performing Artists
  • Neuro-musculoskeletal Injuries in Musicians
  • Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in Dancers
  • Biomechanics Applied to Music and Dance Technique
  • General Fitness, Conditioning, and Rehabilitation
  • Medical Conditions in Performing Arts Medicine
  • Environmental Concerns in Performing Arts Medicine
  • Hearing Health
  • Vocal Healthcare
  • Performance Anxiety and Psychological Conditions
  • Special Conditions Found in Musicians, Focal Dystonia
  • Dancer.Instrumentalist.Vocalist.Actor (D.I.V.A.) Pre-participation Assessment and Physical Evaluation
  • Applied Performance Anatomy and Physiology

Target Audience

The target audience includes clinicians, performing artists, health and performing arts educators, and other healthcare professionals interested in learning the essential information needed to provide initial assessment, treatment, referrals and general educational recommendations for the performing artist. (Includes: physicians, physician assistants, nurses, athletic trainers, physical and occupational therapists, other healthcare professionals, arts educators.)

On-site Schedule

1:30 pm - Registration

2:00 - 4:00 pm - Live Sessions

4:00 - 4:30 pm - Break

4:30 - 5:30 pm - Exam

Certificate Exam

At the completion of the pre-conference course, all participants will have the option of taking an exam tailored to their area of specialization (medicine, allied health, voice, dance, instrumental music).  If a passing grade is attained, they will be given a certificate of completion. Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your practice skills.

  • Physician exam (physician exam open to any licensed medical doctor, including US trained DO’s with a current license to practice)
  • Allied health exam (open to athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, psychologists, chiropractors, nurses, licensed massage therapists, manual osteopathic practitioners [including non-US trained osteopaths], acupuncturists, and others as approved)
  • Arts educator exam (voice, dance, or instrumental music)

If multiple certificates are desired, you will need to attend the courses more than once, as the health practitioners and educators will be separated. Hence you will need to attend and pass exams multiple years.


Pre-conference Certificate Course (early bird deadline extended!):

  By 4/1/20 4/2/20 - 5/1/20 After 5/1/20
PAMA Members:
Physician $ 150 $ 195 $ 250
Non-Physician $ 125 $ 150 $ 200
*Student/Resident $  40 $  50 $  60
Physician $ 250 $ 295 $ 350
Non-Physician $ 225 $ 250 $ 300
*Student/Resident $  45 $  55 $  65
Certificate Exam Fee $ 25 $ 35 $ 50

Please note that if you wish to sit for the certificate exam, there will be a testing fee as shown above. You MUST select and pay for the exam prior to beginning the course. The easiest way to do this is to select and pay for the exam during registration.

If you wish to register only for the pre-conference certificate course, you may do so without registering for the full symposium.

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Questions may be directed to Dorry Allen or Julie Massaro

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