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.

Performing Arts Medicine Association

Members of PAMA are professionals in fields that include research, education, and clinical practice. Many have written books and articles to inform and educate other professionals and performers.

The Performing Arts Medicine Association was incorporated in 1988 by a group of physicians who had been involved individually with the medical care of musicians and dancers. The seeds for this organization were sown in 1983 at the first Symposium on the Medical Problems of Musicians in Aspen, Colorado. Further impetus toward formalizing their shared interest in this nascent medical specialty came with the founding of a scientific journal, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, in 1986. Both the symposium and journal began under the leadership of Dr. Alice Brandfonbrener of Chicago, who was the journal’s first editor-in-chief and who would become PAMA’s Founding President.

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Plan to join us in New York for our 41st PAMA International Symposium, July 6-9, 2023! The PAMA Annual International Symposium is the only event where you can get the latest research and practices meeting the needs of physicians, therapists, athletic trainers, educators, artistic directors, and other health care and performing arts professionals who seek to improve the well-being of performing artists.

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Join us for the 40th Annual PAMA Virtual Symposium

Did you miss the live event in Chicago? Have you ever wanted to attend a symposium but were unable to?

We are happy to bring you this virtual event! Enjoy the recorded sessions from the live symposium. Discuss the topics with speakers, live event attendees, as well as other virtual attendees. Network, learn, earn credits!

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The Performing Arts Medicine Association is committed to:

Promoting the highest quality of care to all performing artists and bringing to that care an appreciation of the special needs of performing artists.

Developing educational programs designed to enhance the understanding and prevention of medical problems related to the performing arts.

Promoting communication among all those involved in the health care and well being of performing artists.

Fostering research into the etiology, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of medical problems of performing artists.

PAMA condemns the military attack on Ukraine and the brutal destruction of human life. As an organization comprised of medical professionals, educators, artists, and administrators, we extend our support to our colleagues suffering in the embattled regions and to their extended biologic, professional and artistic families. This crisis enforces the need for all people to remember who we are at the core and to champion the preciousness of life, freedom, equality, mutual understanding, and tolerance which has allowed all of us to survive. We stand in solidarity with those being oppressed and join with the artistic and medical societies across the world to achieve this goal.

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PAMA is an organization comprised of dedicated medical professionals, artists, educators, students and administrators with the common goal of improving the health care of performing artists.

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Network with world class professionals in PAM to make you successful.

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Get Involved in dedicated committees moving the profession forward.

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Subscribe to the quarterly peer-reviewed Medical Problems of Performing Artists (online access)

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Enjoy discounted registration fees for the Annual International Symposium

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Listing in PAMA membership referral directory to help performers find a provider

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Access to comprehensive resources including webinars, articles, and publications


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Network with colleagues at the annual Symposium and throughout the year via the members only search directory.

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PAMA members are invited to the business meeting held in conjunction with the annual education meeting.

Bullet Icon Optional Automatic Membership Renewal

You can put your PAMA membership on cruise control by selecting automatic membership renewal with recurring billing. This is a great way to ensure your membership does not lapse. We will email you the month prior to your automatic renewal to let you know when the renewal will occur. You can cancel automatic renewal at anytime.

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