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The fourth USF Performing Arts Medicine Conference will be held on March 27-29, 2020 at the Barness Recital Hall in Music Building. With a theme, Inspiring Health in the Arts, it will be an important gathering of interdisciplinary professionals with experiences and interest in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. 

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With an emphasis on sharing research and practice, this conference will feature the works of USF-PAM Collaborative members, as well as visiting professionals. This USF-PAM Conference will also feature hands-on learning opportunities, some of which at past conferences have included demonstrations of medicine-minded piano pedagogy, yoga instruction for performers, Alexander technique and Chinese medicine qigong workshops.

Ann Scott, MM and Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin, MD, Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Ann Scott, MM and Dr. Daniel Hall-Flavin, MD, Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Fourth USF Performing Arts Medicine Conference

Dates: March 27-29, 2020
Venue: Barness Recital Hall and Conference Center
Theme: Inspiring Health in the Arts

About the Conference

The Fourth USF-PAMA Conference is focused on sharing knowledge (research) and practice (workshops and teaching) of performing arts medicine to Inspire Health in the Arts.

Target Participants

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


Participants will learn:
• Injury preventive training and rehabilitative strategies in the performing arts medicine
• Research, practice and education that intersect the arts and medicine
• Issues and dialogues in medical humanities
• Inspiring curriculum trajectories and possibilities in the 21st century

Call for Abstracts, Workshops and Panels

You are invited to submit an abstract describing research, education or practice within the scope of performing arts medicine. The format can be a workshop, panel, presentation or lightning panel reflecting the 2020 theme of “Inspiring Health in the Arts.” We encourage a broad spectrum of topics in physical and mental issues, training programs, nutrition for musicians and dancers, aging performers, young musicians and dancers, performing artists with disabilities, movement theory, neurological underpinnings of performing arts medicine, voice management and treatment, clinical case report, medical humanities and ethics, and social impacts of performing arts medicine. The Program Committee will craft an inspiring and forward-looking program to meet the conference objectives.

Abstract Submission

• Name your abstract in the following manner: lastname-first name-2020 doc (or docx).
• Abstract must include, the title, communicating author’s name, affiliation and email address, and category, e.g., research, education, clinic report, workshop.
• Please compose your abstract with clear focus, purpose, method, and any other rationale that ties the abstract to the conference theme with 300 word limit.
• The abstract must be submitted electronically by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 to: AND with copy to AND

Accepted abstracts will be assigned by the Program Committee to one of the following (please indicate your preference in your abstract):
• 20-minute live presentation and 5-minute Q & A (25 minutes total)
• 55-minute workshop at the Conference Center
• Poster with 6-minute rotating presentation

Notification of acceptance or denial of submission will be made by Friday, January 31 by email.
If you have questions regarding abstract submission or the conference, please contact any of us with the above email addresses.

Conference Keynote Speakers

Alan Lockwood, MD, FAAN, FANA. Neurologist. “Health and Performing Arts: Legacy.”

Madeline Bruser, Master Teacher of The Arts of Practicing Institute: Unleashing Musicians’ Communicative Power. “Coming Home to Your Body: Interactive Workshop for Musicians.”

Daniel Hall-Flavin, MD, Mayo Clinic & Oxford RoundTable. “Medical Humanities: Inspiring Arts and Medicine.”

Marijeanne Liederbach, PhD “Applying biopsychosocial injury prevention strategies to all genres of dance.” Director, Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital. Research Associate Professor Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU School of Medicine


The conference program content will be submitted for Florida Physical Therapy CEU and Florida Area Health education CME for physicians, Nurses, and other allied health and art educators.

USF-PAM Collaborative

To support research, practice, education, and professional development in the performing ats medicine.

To promote the health and wellness of performing artists.
To facilitate development of healthcare and sound pedagogy in performing arts.
To support research in performing arts.
To provide opportunities for the transfer of information between performing arts profession and healthcare profession.

Conference Personnel

Conference Committee:
Sang-Hie Lee, PhD, EdD. MM, Director
Steven Specter, PhD, Co-Director
Sherrice Broussard Rose, PT, DPT, CGFI, ART-C, Food and Publicity
Nancy Burns, PhD

Program Committee:
Merry Lynn Morris, PhD. MFA, LMT, Program Co-Director
Santo Nicosia, MD, Priogram Co-Director
Marzenna Wiranowska, MS, PhD
Darla Freeman-LeVay, MA, CCC-SLP
Dustin Hardwick, PhD
Stephanie Carey, PhD
Candace Burns, PhD
Ruth Bahr, PhD

USF-PAMC Steering Committee:
Sang-Hie Lee, PhD, EdD. MM,
Steven Specter, PhD
Ruth Bahr, PhD
William Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD, FACSM
Jennifer Farrant, PhD

Program Schedule

Friday, March 27

12:30- 1:00 PM Conference Registration
1:00 PM: Welcome Address
1:10-3:10 PM Session I Presentations & Workshops
3:30-5:30 PM Session II Presentations & Workshops
5:30-6:30 PM Welcome Reception

Saturday, March 28

8:30 AM Coffee and Registration
9:00-12:00 Noon Session III Presentations & Workshops
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own (Lunch box available – sale by Student Chapter) & Poster Session
1:30-4:00 PM Session IV Presentations & Workshops
4:00-6:00 PM Session V Presentations & Workshops
7:30-8:20 PM Concert at Barness Recital Hall

Sunday, March 29

8:30-9:00 AM Coffee
9:00 – 12:00 Noon Session VI Presentations & Workshops)
12:00 – 2:00 PM Session VII Concluding Panel Conference Center (Lunch available at optional fee)*
2:00 PM Conference Adjourn

*Luncheon Buffet tickets are available at registration for $20.

Register To Attend

Registration for the 2020 USF-PAMA Conference is an online process. Click here to open secure registration page.

Registration Fee structure

By February 15
February 16 & after
Panel Luncheon (optional)

Health alliance professionals
Artists and educators

(local piano teachers and local artists may qualify for student rate)|

Register for the fourth USF PAMA Conference

Recommended Housing:

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens $149.00 per night.
Register by February 26, 2020 to ensure this rate. Parking fee $9.00 per day.
Booking Link:
Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.
Arrival Date: 27-Mar-2020. Departure Date: 29-Mar-2020. (Extra dates can be accommodated.)

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North. $139 per night. Register by February 27, 2020 to ensure this rate. Parking is free.

Previous USF-PAMA Events



USF Performing Arts Medicine Association Conference (June 2018)

The third USF-PAMA Conference was focused on research and education of healthy practices and longevity of performing artists' lifecycle. Its scope extended to intersecting arts, medicine, ethics, and medical humanities. The Conference was 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. Attendees experienced seminars on health risks, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation in the performing arts profession, and research and education presentations that intersect the arts and medicine.

Attendees were eligible to gain the following accreditation:
Florida Physical Therapy CEO
Florida Area Health Education CME for Physicians
Florida Area Health Education for Nurses

THE USF-PAMA-TMG Piano Pedagogy Symposium (June 2018)

About the Symposium:
The Third USF-PAMA-The Music Gallery Piano Pedagogy Symposium was focused on the awareness of the body, touch and tone, coordinated techniques, mind-body connection, and longevity in learning, teaching, and playing the piano. The Symposium presented masterclasses, chamber music coaching, jazz piano, flow in music making, and musician-tailored yoga.

The Symposium was open to college piano faculty, college pianists, private piano teachers, and advanced pre-college piano students.

Participants learned Teaching-learning the basic piano technique to produce even tone and variation of touch control, Teaching-learning finger-hand-arm-shoulder coordination to develop injury-free technique, Teaching-learning different styles of piano playing using the principles of touch and tone, Incorporating yoga practice to develop body-mind coordination in piano playing, Healthy and productive playing strategy for longevity, Strengthening, flexibility, and endurance exercises for pianists, Body movement for flow in piano playing

Comments from past Piano Pedagogy Symposiums:

"Faculty Concert was one of the most exciting and worthwhile events we have heard in a long time. It had wonderful variety, superb artistic performance and dedication to the highest standard of musicianship. Our heartfelt thanks go to you and your colleagues."

"I enjoyed the Piano Pedagogy Symposium very much! Thank you so much for all of the work and care put into the conference and for making me aware of it. The information was very useful and thought provoking."

"Congratulations on the excellent and beautifully run symposium. Everything I saw was extremely useful and stimulating, and not just for pianists. There are so many issues covered last weekend that also connect to other areas of music, physical and mental, that it really got me thinking."

"The Symposium Faculty members, guests, students, sponsors and support team did areally great job! The first Piano Pedagogy Symposium went to sell, so many enthusiastic and seeking people gathered together sharing ideas, inspiring each other and making music. I was happy to be a part of this Celebration and do hope this kind of Symposium will develop into an annual big nation-wide event. Thank you for inviting me, I've spent two rich days, every person involved into a process was like an element of a big beautiful and colorful painting."

"I just wanted to tell you how much attending this event has improved my piano playing. It's only been two days since then, but I am already playing the Bach prelude 10 times better. What I discovered is that I have to relearn how to play the piano. This is really exciting for me. Thank you so much."