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Professional Education in Performing Arts Medicine

Ralph A. Manchester
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 25 Number 4: Page 139 (December 2010)

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Abstract: As the body of knowledge that comprises the field of performing arts medicine has grown, it has simultaneously become more important and more difficult for everyone who is concerned about the health of performing artists to stay current with the state of the art. In this regard, performing arts medicine is no different from any other field, but we have a huge challenge as we try to meet the educational needs of the broad variety of professionals who treat, teach, manage and do research on musicians, dancers, and other performing artists. A panel discussion on this subject was part of the 2010 Aspen Symposium on the Healthcare of Performing Artists. Moderated by Dagmar Wolff, chair of the Performing Arts Medicine Committee on Education, the panel included Bronwen Ackerman, Eckart Altenmuller, Sang-Hie Lee, Judy Palac, and myself. Stimulated by the panelists' and audience's remarks, I will try to summarize where our efforts to educate performing arts medicine professionals stand today and what our options are for the future. I will not try to say anything about pedagogy, or the education of students; my comments apply only to andragogy, the education of adults who have already had "basic training" in their chosen professional field.

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