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What is the SDPA (Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants)?
When was the SDPA founded?
What is the mission of the SDPA?
How do I become a member and what are the costs?
Is membership only available for PAs in dermatology?
How long is my membership active once I join?
What are the benefits to joining the SDPA?
Can my collaborating physician become a member of the SDPA?
Do I have to be a member to post or review a job listing?
What are the elected positions of the SDPA?
How can I become involved in the SDPA?
How do I start my own state affiliate chapter?
What is the SDPA’s relationship with the AAD?

 

What is the SDPA (Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants)?

The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants is a non-profit professional organization composed primarily of PA members who provide dermatologic care or have an interest in the medical specialty of dermatology. Its Fellow members are PAs who provide medical services with the collaboration of a board certified/board eligible dermatologist. Founded in 1994, the SDPA currently has more than 2,600 members.

When was the SDPA founded?

The SDPA was founded in 1994.

What is the mission of the SDPA?

The SDPA mission is to: Promote the professional and personal development of PAs in the practice of quality, cost effective and accessible health care in the medical specialty of dermatology. The SPDA will also promote the physician/PA relationship of the health care team in the practice of patient centered medical care.

How do I become a member and what are the costs?

Click here to select the membership level that you are eligible for.

The cost is dependent upon which category you are eligible for:

  • Fellow: A PA who practices dermatology full or part time and is supervised by a board certified dermatologist. $110.00 annual fee.
  • Associate: A PA who does not work in dermatology but has a strong desire of interest in dermatology. $115.00 annual fee.
  • Affiliate: Health professionals or individuals employed by government agencies who do not qualify for any other membership category, who have an interest in dermatology and desire to be affiliates with the SDPA. $120.00 annual fee.
  • Physician: A board certified/board eligible dermatologist interested in both educating dermatology PAs and promoting their use as an integral part of the health care delivery team. $0 annual fee with a registered Fellow PA
  • Student: A student enrolled in a CAHEA, CAAHEP, or successor agency approved PA program, or an AAPA approved program. $25.00 annual fee.

Is membership only available for PAs in dermatology?

No, we welcome membership from anyone who is interested in joining the SDPA and learning more about the field of dermatology. Individuals who are not currently PAs would join as Affiliate members. Members who are PAs but do not work for a board certified or eligible dermatologist would join as Associates. Fellow members are dermatology PAs who work for a board certified or eligible dermatologist.  We also offer student memberships. To review the requirements for each membership level and associated benefits, please visit our member benefits page.

How long is my membership active once I join?

The SDPA supports “anniversary date membership” - meaning that your membership is active 1 year from the time of joining / renewal.

What are the benefits to joining the SDPA?

If you are a PA employed by a board-certified dermatologist, this organization supports your profession by offering dermatology education, discounts to dermatology CME conferences, and representation to the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Dermatology. Other specific benefits include:

  • Business Discounts
  • Access to Membership Document Library
  • Access to Dermatology Job Board
  • CME Opportunities
  • Complimentary Publications
  • Interactive Media and Website
  • Professional Support
  • Complimentary Membership to your Collaborating Physician
  • PA Student Website to Help Educate, Mentor & Provide Support for Our Future Colleagues
  • Networking with a Large Community of Peers
  • Professional & Personal Growth through Organizational Involvement
  • Philanthropic Support

Click here  to view a full list of benefits and which membership categories they apply to.

Can my collaborating physician become a member of the SDPA?

Yes, if a PA joins then their supervising physician will have access to a free SDPA membership. 

Do I have to be a member to post or review a job listing?

No, anyone is welcome to post a job for free – however we review postings to ensure they are posted for positions where a PA will be supervised by a board certified/board eligible dermatologist. Please be sure to review and understand our terms and conditions prior to posting your position.

The ability to view and search through job postings, is only available to certain SDPA membership types. Please check our benefits page  to see which types have access to this benefit.

What are the elected positions of the SDPA?

The board of directors is composed of nine elected individuals: President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer/Secretary, Vice President, and four Directors At Large.  A board of director term of office begins July 1st each year and concludes June 30th of the following year. Learn more about our current  Board.

How can I become involved in the SDPA?

The following committees represent the diverse involvement of our members. Anyone can become a member in the following areas:

  • HOD (House of Delegates) Representative
  • Conference Education Planning Committee
  • Constituent Relations Committee
  • Distance CME Committee
  • Public Education Committee
  • Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Judicial and Ethical Affairs
  • Membership Committee
  • Publications/Communications Committee
  • Student Affairs Committee
  • Elections Committee

Learn more about our Committee Chairs and the role of each committee here.

How do I start my own state affiliate chapter?

Contact our Constituent Relations Chair. Click here to find further information about our Affiliate Chapters. Click here to find further information about our constituent relations chair.

What is the SDPA’s relationship with the AAD?

The SDPA corresponds on a regular basis with the AAD and the SDPA Board of Directors meets with their leaders each year during the AAD Annual Meeting. The SDPA continues to communicate our profession's commitment to the field of dermatology and the physician/PA team model of practice. In the last few years, the relationship has advanced when the AAD removed the requirement for a PA’s collaborating dermatologist to attend the AAD Annual Meeting in order for the PA to also attend. The SDPA continues to address the unnecessary burden placed on the physician/PA team and contradiction of state laws on physician/PA collaboration with the AAD's Position Statement on The Practice of Dermatology: Protecting and Preserving Patient Safety and Quality Care. Learn more

Calendar

SDPA 15th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference 2017 - REGISTER NOW!
November 8-11, 2017 – Caribe Hilton – San Juan, Puerto Rico

SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference 2018
June 28-July 1, 2018 – Westin Hotel – Seattle, WA

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