Eastman Performing Arts Medicine (EPAM): Eastman School of Music and URMC Collaboration

Arts and Entertainment

May 7, 2019

From: University of Rochester

The Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have unveiled a collaboration that’s laying a foundation for clinicians, artists and researchers to innovate connections between health and the arts.  The new initiative, Eastman Performing Arts Medicine (EPAM), unifies and expands existing clinical services, arts integration and research to transform arts-related health care delivery and scientific understanding of the interactions between the arts and health.

Bringing together world-class performing arts and medicine, the mission of EPAM is to deliver the collaborative potential of the performing arts and medicine to the health care environments. To achieve this goal, EPAM works within the following four pillars: Heal, Care, Learn, Inspire.

For most performers, time lost to injury represents both a financial and an emotional cost. At EPAM, we treat performing artists and their unique needs and we are dedicated to returning artists back to performance health as soon as possible. Our medical professionals are ready to help and will make appointments available to performers within 48 hours. The targeted approach we provide to all performers is based on their specific discipline.

The first program of its kind in upstate New York, EPAM leaders consulted with national experts in performing arts medicine, including J. Todd Frazier, president of the National Organization for Arts in Health. EPAM synthesizes the resources and artistic expertise of a world-renowned music school with the cutting-edge treatments and scientific research of a top-tier academic medical center. The program’s structure comprises four branches: clinical services for artists, creative arts therapy for hospital patients, scientific research and performances in clinical spaces.

Urgent care for artists

For performing artists, time lost to injury or illness presents financial, physical and emotional challenges. EPAM’s clinicians are dedicated to helping artists return to the stage as soon as possible. EPAM clinicians treat a range of conditions impacting performance, including chronic overuse injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and vocal fold nodules, as well as acute illnesses or sudden injuries.
Performers of artistic disciplines beyond music, including dance and theater, can benefit from the program’s highly specialized providers.

Healing through the arts

EPAM’s clinical operations aren’t limited to treating performers. One of the program’s goals is to increase music and creative arts therapy services for patients—performers or otherwise.
Pediatric patients have received music therapy services at URMC for over 20 years, but EPAM aims to increase music therapy at Golisano Children’s Hospital and to extend services to URMC’s adult patients.

Music in medical spaces

For many patients and their loved ones, time spent in hospitals is high-stress. Recognizing the value of integrating arts into the hospital experience, EPAM hosts regular solo and ensemble performances by Eastman faculty, students and alumni.
Current EPAM venues include the lobbies and entrances to Strong Memorial Hospital, Wilmot Cancer Institute and Flaum Atrium. EPAM aims to add performance opportunities throughout URMC and its affiliates and has piloted performances in the department of psychiatry, with plans to bring musicians to Highland Hospital soon.

For more information visit: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/eastman-performance-medicine.aspx

To call for an appointment: 1-844-452-8762