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Caring for Artists & Arts that Heal

 USF PAMA: Caring for Artists & Arts that Heal

Presented by the University of South Florida in Collaboration with the Performing Arts Medicine Association


Conference Components: 

Clinic and Practice - Education and Curricula - Research

February 27-March 1, 2015

at Barness Recital Hall in the USF School of Music (map)

About the Conference:

The second USF-PAMA Conference is expanding its scope to focus on performing arts medicine as well as embracing the influence of arts in society as healing agents and a means to open the minds and hearts of all.

Target participants:

The Conference is designed for health professionals, performing artists and educators, visual artists and educators, health science educators, medical humanities specialists, and other generalists who are interested in the intersection of the arts and health sciences.

Participants will learn:

  • health risks, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation in the performing arts profession
  • educational programs that intersect the arts and medicine
  • arts as healing agents

Conference Personnel:

Sang-Hie Lee, PhD, EdD, MM, Director

William Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM, Co-Director

Santo Nicosia, MD (Medicine), Program Committee Chair

Keynote Speakers:

Keith A. Bengtson, MD, Hand Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

"Prevention and Rehabilitation of Musicians' Hands"

John Chong, MD, Glenn Gould Conservatory of Music, Musicians' Clinic of Canada

"What Happens to the Vagus Stays in the Vagus - Creating the Resilient Performer"

Nancy Kadel, MD, President of PAMA, Seattle Clinic

"Dance Injuries"

Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, Director, Harkness Center for Dance

"Medicine in Dance Education"

Ralph Manchester, MD, University of Rochester, New York, Editor MPPA

"Research Spectra in Performing Arts Medicine"

Aaron Williamon, PhD, Professor of Performance Science, Center for Performance Science, Royal College of Music, London

"Research Agenda in Performing Arts Science"


The Second USF-Performing Arts and Medicine Association (PAMA) Conference will be held on February 27-March 1, 2015 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. You are invited to submit an abstract on topics that cover a broad spectrum of research and practice relating to Performing Arts Medicine including caring for artists and broader use of the arts as healing agents and facilitators of learning in other disciplines. Abstracts should be related to 

1) Education and Curricula, 2) Clinical Practice, or 3) Research.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following

Curricular issues and examples of course designs in the fields of performing arts medicine

Clinical and practical issues, designs, and model training

Performing artists' health risks, treatment, and rehabilitation

Performer injury prevention

Performers' awareness of the benefits and risks of current and emerging treatment

The stress factors involved in performing arts medicine

The effects of integrated mind-body programs for musicians

Potential power and applications of various art forms in health and healing

Effective use of technology in performing arts medicine

Arts in Health Education


  • Abstracts must adopt the introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and conclusion (IMRAD) format
  • The text of abstracts is limited to 250 words (not including title or institution)
  • Title of abstract in ALL CAPS
  • Name of author(s) with degree(s), affiliation, city, state, country, contact information
  • Times New Roman, 12 point font
  • English, single spaced, one-inch margins


Abstracts must be submitted electronically by 5:00pm on November 1, 2014 to the following e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Accepted abstracts will be assigned by the Program Committee to one of the following:

20-minute live presentation plus 10 minutes for Q&A (total 30 minutes)

Poster presentation


Notification of acceptance of denial for abstract submissions will be made by December 1, 2014 by e-mail.


If you have questions regarding the abstract submission or the conference, you may contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

On-Line Registration (Only):

Click “Fees & Registration”

Fee schedule:  Physician, $260.  RA, RN, ARNP, PT, $185.  Artists, $160.  Students, $50.  Register before February 7, 2015 to take advantage of the early registration rate.

Designated Hotel:

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North

13305 Tampa Oaks Blvd, Temple Terrace, Florida, 33637, USA TEL: +1-813-342-5000 FAX: 1-813-342-6000

Conference rate $99 plus tax.  Breakfast and hourly transportation to USF.  

Campus parking is free on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.