Short courses


Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) Day

  • 6 hours
  • 1 day (9:30am to 5:30pm)


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 of musicians' injury
  • performance anxiety
  • hypermobility in dance
  • rehabilitation of musical theatre performers

You'll hear about recent scientific research on musicians' hearing loss and footwear in dance.

You'll also have the opportunity to discuss 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 9:30am to 5:30pm and lunch will be provided.

Sessions will include the following:

  • Performance anxiety by Professor Aaron Williamon (Professor of Performance Science, Royal College of Music)
  • Musicians' clinical assessment by Dr Hara Trouli (Programme Lead, MSc Performing Arts Medicine, UCL)
  • Footwear in dance - MSc research by Lindsay Wallace
  • The hypermobile dancer by Moira McCormack (Senior Physiotherapist, Royal Ballet)
  • Rehabilitating the musical theatre performer by Nikki Rawlings (Senior Physiotherapist, PhysioEdMedical)
  • Musicians' hearing - MSc Research by Dr Finola Ryan

There will also be:

  • an update from British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)
  • a review of a recent meeting on occupational health in the performing arts
  • a practical session on warm-up for musicians
  • PAM career forum

Learning outcomes

This course will help you:

  • diversify and adjust your clinical approach to assessing a performer
  • understand the science of performance anxiety and how this can be managed 
  • consider hypermobility when assessing or treating a dancer
  • review rehabilitation practice in the case of a multi-talented musical theatre performer
  • learn practical warm-up exercises for musicians
  • appreciate research studies in performing arts medicine

Cost and concessions

The fees are:

  • £50 - students 
  • £80 - 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 information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00