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The fourth USF Performing Arts Medicine Conference was 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.

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.

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