Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) Day

  • 5 hours
  • 1 day


This one-day course provides an introduction to performing arts medicine (PAM) through talks and interactive sessions.

It's aimed at health professionals, stage performers, and students and staff in health sciences and performance academies.

You'll learn about aspects of clinical assessment, recovery and rehabilitation specific to performers in music and dance, as well as performer health education and injury prevention.

You'll hear about recent scientific research on respiratory problems in wind instrumentalists and the science of circus art.

You'll also have the opportunity to discuss the future of PAM and PAM careers.

The course is run by the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science at UCL.

Who this course is for

This course will be of interest to:

  • health practitioners
  • students in health sciences
  • stage performers
  • students and staff at music and dance colleges

Course content and structure

The day will run from 10am to 4:30pm and lunch will be provided.

During the day there will be sessions on:

  • the PAM clinic assessment
  • musicians’ hand
  • music, performance and identity
  • flexibility in dance
  • rehabilitation of dancers’ hamstring injuries

Break-out sessions will cover:

  • music and dance college health education
  • mental preparation for performance

PAM MSc research will be presented on:

  • respiratory parameters in woodwind instruments
  • impaired proprioception on inversion in circus aerialists

Learning outcomes

This course will help you:

  • diversify and adjust your clinical approach to assessing a performer
  • differentiate your diagnosis of musicians’ injuries
  • explore how performing musicians form identity 
  • appreciate and factor in flexibility when assessing or treating a dancer
  • review your rehabilitation practice in helping a dancer recover from a hamstring injury
  • develop or advise on health prevention measures within performance studies

Cost and concessions

The fees are:

  • £50 - students 
  • £75 - standard

Further information

The Division of Surgery & Interventional Science also runs an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine. Find out more about this Master's programme on the Division's website.

Course team

Dr Hara Trouli

Hara is a musculoskeletal doctor and trained pianist with an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine from UCL. She's carried out research on the health problems of musicians. Her main research interest is in the voluntary and involuntary motion of pianists' hands. She's also presented at international conferences and at universities worldwide. Hara a clinician for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and at the Musicians’ Clinic at PhysioEdMedical. She lectures for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL, where she also supervises research and is currently the programme lead.

Dr Michael Shipley

Michael has been a rheumatologist at UCL for over 40 years. His interests include the management of spinal and chronic pain. His research has focused on the psychosocial aspects of living with chronic pain and disability. He holds a monthly clinic at the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and is also a trustee. He's course director and the chair of the Board of Examiners for the Performing Arts Medicine MSc at UCL. He's also leading the Pain & Disability module and supervising research undertaken by the students of the MSc course.

Dr Jane Oakland

Jane is a professional singer and music psychologist. Her interests lie in the application of evidence based psychological techniques to give practical support for amateur and professional performing artists. Her recent PhD research explored musical career transition and the implications of redundancy for musicians. She continues to publish widely on this subject. Jane is a registered mental skills practitioner and trainer with British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). As a psychologist, she's attached to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and is an Honorary Lecturer at UCL where she leads the module on Performance Psychology.

Professor Howard Bird

Howard is Visiting Professor in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. He retired from his post of Professor of Pharmacological Rheumatology at the University of Leeds in 2010. He's an amateur pianist and has an interest in the management of musicians and dancers, holding special performers’ clinics for 30 years. Throughout most of this period he has remained on the practitioners’ registers for the BAPAM and Dance UK. His doctoral thesis was on joint hypermobility and he has a longstanding research interest in all aspects of flexibility, especially the modification of joint flexibility to enhance performance. He's the author of a number of books, including Performing Arts Medicine in Clinical Practice, published by Springer in 2016.

Louise Curley

Louise is a specialist musculoskeletal, sports and performing arts physiotherapist. She graduated from Keele University in 2004 and completed an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL in 2015. She works at Rejuven8 Physiotherapy and holds a weekly clinic for British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). For over ten years she's provided physiotherapy support for British Gymnastics at national and international events. Louise is interested in screening, movement analysis and optimal rehabilitation. She's a guest lecturer at the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL.

Ian Winspur

Ian is an orthopaedic surgeon exclusively practicing in hand surgery. He trained in Britain and the United States in plastic surgery and hand surgery and practiced in the US for 20 years. He's been in private practice in central London since 1993. Ian has written extensively on musicians' hand problems, including the textbook 'The Musician's Hand', published in 1997, reprinted in 2002 and will be further updated soon. He's a trustee of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and an Honorary Lecturer at UCL for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine.


Course information last modified: 15 May 2018, 10:00