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SDPA History

A Brief History of the SDPA

The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) originally began as an idea and dream by Joe Monroe.  Through diligence, dedication, and hard work by many dermatology PAs the organization grew from an original 49 members in 1994 to over 2,700 members twenty years later in 2014.

The original name given to the organization was Physician Assistants in Dermatology (PAD), this changed to the SDPA in 1995 along with the official logo being created by Jim Sotack.  It wasn’t until 1998 that the organization became an affiliate of the American Academy of the Physician Assistants (AAPA).  Six years later, the SDPA received the AAPA Public Education Award.  Only five years later in 2011 the AAPA recognized the SDPA as the largest specialty organization among PAs.  A second award was granted by the AAPA in 2015 to the SDPA for the Constituent Organization Award “growing the PA profession”.   The SDPA has also remained active with the AAPA in the Political aspect of the PA career.  In 2012 the SDPA represented the largest PA specialty organization on Capitol Hill.   Also, the growth of the SDPA has spread to develop seventeen state affiliate dermatology PA chapters. 

One of the SDPA’s missions is to educate dermatology PAs.  This has been done through the CME conferences.  The idea of the SDPA CME symposium and conferences began in 2001 but became a reality in 2002 with the first CME symposium being held in New Orleans, LA with 173 attendees.  The meetings became an annual event and were held prior to the winter AAD conferences.    The PA symposiums were a huge success with average attendance being 300 dermatology PAs. Due to growth of the SDPA symposiums and inability of the AAD to accommodate the PAs, the SDPA initiated its own Fall Dermatology Conference.  The first SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference was held in 2003 in San Antonio, TX with 309 attendees.  The last Symposium held in conjunction with the AAD was in 2009.  The Fall Dermatology Conferences were a huge success therefore a summer conference was added in 2010, with the first taking place in Chicago, IL.  Both the fall and summer conferences average 400 attendees at each meeting.  Other educational opportunities have been sponsored by the SDPA through its journal, distance learning initiative (DLI), and Dermcast.tv.  The Journal of Dermatology Physician Assistants (JDPA) was first published in 2007 and the DLI and Dermcast.tv were launched in 2008.  The DLI has been a “runner up” for the AAPA’s Constituent Organization Award in 2012. The DLI has created a Diplomate status within the SDPA and annual receptions occur each year during the Fall Conference to celebrate this accomplishment.  Dermcast.tv has provided an opportunity for PAs to review past lectures and discussions from previous SDPA conferences and events.

Throughout the years the SDPA has worked with the American Academy of Dermatologist to help build the relationship and grow the profession of the dermatology PAs.  As early as 1996 the SDPA had a booth at the Annual AAD Conference to educate dermatologists on the role of the Dermatology PA.  The SDPA has continued to have a booth at every AAD conference since that time. In 2008, the AAD no longer required PAs to attend an AAD meeting with their supervising physician.  The SDPA continues to meet with the AAD regularly and recently met in 2015 to discuss the AAD’s DermCare team.

Philanthropy has long been a vision of the organization.  The annual miles for melanoma 5K run/walk was launched in 2012 at the SDPA Seattle Conference.  The proceeds of this event go towards the Melanoma Research Foundation.  This event occurs yearly along with the fall SDPA conference.  The SDPA launched the Dermatology PA Foundation at their Fall 2015 conference in order to better address future philanthropic opportunities.

The SDPA has grown tremendously over the years in membership, educational opportunities, and professional development.  The organization can only lend its success to its past and current dermatology PA volunteer leaders listed below.  The organization continues to grow and develop and looks forward to the next twenty years.

SDPA Historical Timeline

The SDPA Historical Timeline is kept up year to year with the major highlights and activities.

Below is a summary of our leaders organized by position and years served. List of founding members organized by last name. 

Founding Members

  • Terri Beck
  • Jerry Davidson
  • Linda Findley
  • Debbie Hauser
  • Nancy Heller
  • Jim Lekas
  • Kurtis Opp
  • Mary Monroe
  • Joe Monroe
  • Rosemarie Palting
  • Sue Rancis
  • Richard Sartori
  • Heidi Watts
  • Pat Zanolli

Presidents

  • 1995 - Joe Monroe
  • 1996 - Kurtis Opp
  • 1997 - Kurtis Opp
  • 1998 - Jim Page
  • 1999 - Jim Sotack
  • 2000 - Jim Sotack
  • 2001 - Kristine Kucera
  • 2002 - Greg Buttolph
  • 2003 - Michelle DiBaise
  • 2004 - Gordon Day
  • 2005 - Joe Monroe
  • 2006 - Dan Hickey
  • 2007 - Robert Higham
  • 2008 - Bethany Grubb
  • 2009 - Kristine Kucera
  • 2010 - Abby Jacobson
  • 2011 - Keri Holyoak
  • 2012 - John Notabartolo
  • 2013 - Jennifer Winter
  • 2014 - Vicki Roberts
  • 2015 - Matthew Brunner
  • 2016 - Jennifer Conner

President Elect

  • 1998 - Jim Sotack
  • 2000 - Kristine Kucera
  • 2001 - Greg Buttolph
  • 2002 - Michelle DiBaise
  • 2003 - Gordon Day
  • 2004 - Joe Monroe
  • 2005 - Dan Hickey
  • 2006 - Robert Higham
  • 2007 - Bethany Grubb
  • 2008 - Kristine Kucera
  • 2009 - Abby Jacobson
  • 2010 - Keri Holyoak
  • 2011 - John Notabartolo
  • 2012 - Jennifer Winter
  • 2013 - Vicki Roberts
  • 2014 - Matthew Brunner
  • 2015 - Jennifer Conner

Vice Presidents

  • 1995 - Kurtis Opp
  • 1996 - Jim Sotack
  • 1997 - Jim Page
  • 2002 - Jacki Fitzke
  • 2003-2004 - Ken Meehan
  • 2005-2006 - Nancy Primo
  • 2007-2008 - Abby Jacobson
  • 2009-2010 - Casondra Soto
  • 2011-2016 - Jacki Kment

Secretary/Treasurer

  • 1995 - Jim Sotack
  • 1996 - Sue Rancis
  • 1997-1998 - Lorabelle Gurule
  • 1999-2001 - Sandra Mamis
  • 2002-2009 - Sharon Swartz
  • 2010-2011 - Casey Croes
  • 2012-2016 - Joleen Volz

Executive Secretary

  • 1995-1998 - Mary Monroe

AAPA Delegates

  • 1997 - Jim Sotack
  • 2002 - Judy Reese
  • 2003 - Ed Blanchard
  • 2004 - Robert Higham
  • 2005 - Ed Blanchard
  • 2014 - John Notabartolo
  • 2015 - Jodi Arnold Burkholz
  • 2016 - Jang Mi Johnson

SDPA Board Members/Directors At Large

  • 1995 - Terri Beck, Linda Findley, Sue Rancis
  • 1996 - Terri Beck, Esther Cohen, Linda Findley, Debbie Hauser
  • 1997 - Linda Findley, Sue Rancis, Jim Stack
  • 1999 - Lora Gurule, Kurtis Opp, Joe Monroe, Jim Page, Sue Rancis
  • 2000 - Jim Page, Kurtis Opp, Sue Rancis, Lora Gurule, Joe Monroe
  • 2001 - Jim Page, Kurtis Opp, Sue Rancis, Lora Gurule, Joe Monroe
  • 2002 - Dan Hickey, Ken Meehan
  • 2003 - Dan Hickey, Nancy Primo
  • 2004 - Robert Higham, Nancy Primo
  • 2005 - Bethany Grubb, Robert Higham
  • 2006 - Bethany Grubb
  • 2007 - Kristine Kucera, Gary Westbrock
  • 2008 - Gary Westbrock, Lauren Zajac
  • 2009 - Casey Croes, Mark Hyde, John Notabartolo, Lauren Zajac
  • 2010 - Mark Hyde, John Notabartolo, Jennifer Winter, Jason Roddick
  • 2011 - Jennifer Winter, Kristine Kucera, Vicki Roberts, Susan Hammerling
  • 2012 - Vicki Roberts, Greg Buttolph, Jennifer Conner, Matthew Brunner
  • 2013 - Matthew Brunner, Jennifer Conner, Jang-Mi Johnson, Scott Ahrndt
  • 2014 - Jang Mi Johnson, Scott Ahrndt, Jane Mast, Jennifer Conner
  • 2015 - Mark Hyde, Jane Mast, Matthew Dohlman, Gina Mangin
  • 2016 - Mark Hyde, Matthew Dohlman, Gina Mangin, Archana Sangha

 

SDPA elected officials serve two years terms. The President Elect serves a three year term cycling from President Elect to President to Immediate Past President.each leadership year runs from July 1-June 30. 

Defining Moments in Our Society

1992-1993 1993-1994 1994-1995
1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998
1998-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001
2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004
2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007
2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016

1992-1993

Joe Monroe envisions the idea of forming an organization of dermatology physician assistants (PAs).

  • The SDPA begins as an idea of Joe Monroe and his former wife Mary Monroe.
  • The Organization is named Physician Assistants in Dermatology (PAD)
  • Advertisements are placed in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA), to recruit and seek other PAs practicing dermatology.

1993-1994

  • Advertisements continued to be placed in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA), Physician Assistant, and Clinician Reviews seeking to find other PAs practicing dermatology.
  • The first newsletter for Physician Assistants in Dermatology (PAD) was distributed in March to 12 dermatology PAs.   

1994-1995

  • Physician Assistants in Dermatology is officially recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax-exempt corporation on August 17, 1994.
  • SDPA membership increases to 49 members.

1995-1996

First official meeting of Physician Assistants in Dermatology (PAD) is held at the AAD Conference in New Orleans, LA on February 6, 1995. Officers are elected: President, Joe Monroe; Vice President, Kurtis Opp; Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Sotack; Board Members: Linda Findley, Terri Beck, and Sue Rancis; Executive Secretary, Mary Monroe.

  •  Name is officially changed to Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA).

PAD Founding Members:

  • President, Joe Monroe
  • Vice President, Kurtis Opp
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Jim Sotack
  • Executive Secretary, Mary Monroe

Board Members:

  • Linda Findley
  • Terri Beck
  • Sue Rancis
  • Joe Monroe, Founding SDPA President, focuses on organizational support of dermatology PAs.
  • SDPA logo is created by Jim Sotack.
  • SDPA dues are established at $25/year.
  • SDPA membership grows to 111 members.

1996-1997

President, Kurtis Opp; Vice President, Jim Sotack; Secretary/Treasurer, Sue Rancis; Board Members: Esther Cohen, Terri Beck, Linda Findley, and Debbie Hauser; Executive Secretary, Mary Monroe.

  • Kurtis Opp, SDPA President, prioritizes formal assembly for dermatology PAs, presents bylaws, and starts to form a relationship with the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).
  • SDPA staffs first booth at the AAD Annual Meeting in Washington,  D.C. to educate dermatologists about physician assistants in dermatology.
  • SDPA dues are increased to $50/year.

1997-1998

President, Kurtis Opp; Vice President, Jim Page; Secretary/Treasurer, Lorabelle Gurule; AAPA Delegate, Jim Sotack; Board Members: Sue Rancis, Jim Stack, and Linda Findley; Executive Secretary, Mary Monroe.

1998-1999

President, Jim Page; President-elect, Jim Sotack; Secretary/Treasurer, Lorabelle Gurule; Executive Secretary, Mary Monroe. Jim Page, SDPA President, focuses on educating dermatologists on how PAs work in their practices and fair compensation.

  • SDPA becomes affiliate chapter of AAPA and a model for future PA specialty organizations.
  •  SDPA membership continues to grow to 230 members.

1999-2000

President, Jim Sotack; Secretary/Treasurer, Sandra Mamis; Board of Directors: Jim Page, Kurtis Opp, Sue Rancis, Lora Gurule, and Joe Monroe.

  • Jim Sotack, SDPA President, encourages dermatology PAs to volunteer at SDPA booths at AAD and AAPA Annual Meetings, Special Olympics, and Camp Discovery.
  • Judy Reese becomes the official SDPA newsletter editor.

2000-2001

President, Jim Sotack; President-elect, Kristine Kucera; Secretary/Treasurer, Sandra Mamis; Board of Directors: Jim Page, Kurtis Opp, Sue Rancis, Lora Gurule, and Joe Monroe.

2001-2002

President, Kristine Kucera; President-elect, Greg Buttolph; Secretary/Treasurer, Sandra Mamis; Board of Directors: Jim Page, Kurtis Opp, Sue Francis, Lora Gurule, and Joe Monroe.

  • Kristine Kucera, SDPA President, focuses on education and helps to develop the 1st SDPA CME Symposium.
  • SDPA membership reaches nearly 500 members.

2002-2003

President, Greg Buttolph; President-elect, Michelle DiBaise; Immediate Past President, Kristine Kucera; Vice President, Jacki Fitzke; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Directors at Large: Ken Meehan and Dan Hickey; HOD Delegate, Judy Reese.

  • Greg Buttolph, SDPA President, focuses on organizational development of the SDPA Board of Directors (BOD), works diligently on preparing for future SDPA CME conferences, and recruits members for committee positions.
  • A more structured BOD is developed as well as committee titles and assignments.
  • A formal date is set for new officers to take their position: July 1st annually.
  • 1st SDPA Dermatology Symposium is held in New Orleans, LA with 173 attendees.
  • Executive Meeting Services, Inc. begins Membership Services for SDPA.
  • Events Made Simple, Ltd. (formerly Executive Meeting Services, Inc.) begins Conference Management Services planning for 1st SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference in San Antonio.
  • Ken Meehan, PA-C develops what has become our current website, www.dermpa.org.
  • The first state dermatology PA society is assembled in Georgia.

2003-2004

President, Michelle DiBaise; President-elect, Gordon Day; Immediate Past President, Greg Buttolph; Vice President Ken Meehan; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Directors at Large: Dan Hickey and Nancy Primo; HOD Delegate, Ed Blanchard.

  • Michelle DiBaise, SDPA President, prioritizes improving the organizational structure of the SDPA and continues to recruit committee chairs.
  • Four state affiliate chapters are created.
  • 2nd SDPA Dermatology Symposium is held in San Francisco, CA with 290 attendees. President-elect of the AAD, Boni Elewski, MD, is keynote speaker and recognizes the SDPA as being an extended family of the AAD.
  • 1st SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference is held in San Antonio, TX with 309 attendees.

2004-2005

President, Gordon Day; President-elect, Joe Monroe; Immediate Past President, Michelle DiBaise; Vice President, Ken Meehan; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Directors at Large: Nancy Primo and Robert Higham.

  • Gordon Day, SDPA President, develops the groundwork for training modules for PAs in dermatology (later known as the Comprehensive Review Notes in Dermatology for Physician Assistants), lays foundation for the Distance Learning Option/revises bylaws, develops policy manuals, recruits committee chairs, and creates a SDPA BOD Summer Leadership Meeting.
  • Gordon Day and Greg Buttolph joined the AAD in testifying before the FDA in defense of oral isotretinoin.
  • Membership dues increased from $50 to $100 per year.
  • SDPA Forum is integrated into the SDPA website.
  • SDPA is recognized as the first runner-up for the AAPA Constituent Organization Award.
  • Robert Higham is appointed as first AAPA Liaison to the AAD.
  • SDPA receives the AAPA 2005 Public Education Award.
  • The 2004 Dermatology Workforce Study is completed and posted on SDPA website.
  • 3rd SDPA Dermatology Symposium is held
  • 2nd SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference is held in Orlando, FL with 344 attendees.

2005-2006

President, Joe Monroe; President-elect, Dan Hickey, Immediate Past President, Gordon Day; Vice President, Nancy Primo; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Directors at Large: Bethany Grubb and Robert Higham; HOD Delegate, Ed Blanchard.

  • Joe Monroe, SDPA President, focuses on CME, PA employment issues in dermatology, meeting the needs of current and new members, leadership development, and improved relations with the AAD.
  • Comprehensive Review Notes in Dermatology is completed and offered to all SDPA members.
  • Radar Multimedia begins as our ‘creative services’ provider.
  • 4th SDPA Dermatology Symposium is held in New Orleans, LA.
  • 3rd SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference is held in San Antonio, TX with 289 attendees. A silent auction is held to benefit the children at Camp Discovery.
  • SDPA Membership exceeds 800 members.

2006-2007

President, Dan Hickey; President-Elect, Robert Higham; Immediate Past President, Joe Monroe; Vice President, Nancy Primo; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Director at Large: Bethany Grubb.

  • Dan Hickey, SDPA President, concentrated on keeping a positive open dialogue with the AAD and the proposed Distance Learning Option program.
  • 5th SDPA Dermatology Symposium is held in San Francisco, CA with 300 attendees.
  • 4th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference is held in San Diego, CA with 373 attendees.
  • SDPA membership exceeds 1,200 members.

2007-2008

President, Robert Higham; President-elect, Bethany Grubb; Immediate Past President, Dan Hickey; Vice President, Abby Jacobson; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Directors at Large: Gary Westbrock and Kristine Kucera.

  • Robert Higham, SDPA President, focused on developing and updating the SDPA Corporate Brand and Identity.
  • Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA), the SDPA’s official journal, is published and sent to all SDPA members.
  • JDPA’s Founding Editorial Board: Travis Hayden (Editor in Chief), Joe Monroe, Patricia Ferrer, Gordon Day, Nancy Primo, Eugene Jones, Kristine Kucera, and Alan Menter, MD.
  • SDPA has nine state affiliate chapters: Connecticut, Illinois, Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, South Carolina, and Georgia.
  • The 2007 Dermatology Workforce Survey is completed and posted on SDPA website.
  • 6th SDPA Dermatology Symposium is held in Washington, D.C. with over 200 attendees.
  • 5th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference is held in Nashville, TN with 424 attendees.
  • SDPA membership exceeds 1,400 members.

2008-2009

President, Bethany Grubb; President-elect, Kristine Kucera; Immediate Past President, Robert Higham; Vice President, Abby Jacobson; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Directors at Large: Gary Westbrock and Lauren Zajac.

  • Bethany Grubb, SDPA President, focuses on increasing access of the Board of Directors to the membership, increasing preceptorships for PA students, and encouraging members to be actively involved in professional writing.
  • PAs are no longer required to attend AAD conferences with their supervising physicians.
  • Distance Learning Initiative (DLI) – previously referred to as Distance Learning Option – is launched.
  • Going Green Campaign begins.
  • Dermcast.tv is launched online.
  • 7th SDPA CME Dermatology Symposium is held in San Antonio, TX with 255 attendees.
  • 6th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference is held in Tampa Bay, FL with 483 attendees.
  • SDPA State Affiliates Florida and Georgia have their first Joint State Chapter Dermatology CME Conference in Atlanta.
  • SDPA Membership approaches 1,300 members.

2009-2010

President, Kristine Kucera; President-elect, Abby Jacobson; Immediate Past President, Bethany Grubb; Vice President, CaSondra Soto; Secretary/Treasurer, Sharon Swartz; Directors at Large: Lauren Zajac, Mark Hyde, John Notabartolo, Casey Croes.

  • SDPA DLI receives the University of Texas System “Innovations in Online Learning Award”
  • 8th SDPA Dermatology Symposium is held in San Francisco with 254 attendees. This is the final “Winter/pre-AAD” symposium being held by the SDPA.
  • 7th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference is held in Scottsdale, AZ with 460 attendees (sold out one month prior).
  • SDPA membership approaches 1,400 members.

2010-2011

President, Abby Jacobson; President-elect, Keri Holyoak; Immediate Past President, Kristine Kucera; Vice President, CaSondra Soto; Secretary/Treasurer, Casey Croes; Directors at Large: Mark Hyde, John Notabartolo, Jennifer Winter, Jason Roddick.

  • Abby Jacobson, SDPA President, continued to develop a strong relationship with the AAD and increased public relations efforts.
  • Streamlining the SDPA administration of website, membership, and the DLI were top priorities.
  • SDPA student website is launched.
  • Ten officially established SDPA State Affiliates: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.
  • SDPA Inaugural Diplomate Reception held at American Airlines Museum in Fort Worth, TX with guest speaker Josh Davis, three-time gold medalist and former captain of the U.S. Olympic swim team.
  • SDPA holds Inaugural Summer Dermatology Conference in Chicago, IL with 391 attendees.
  • 8th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference in Grapevine, TX with 350 attendees.
  • SDPA membership exceeds 1,600 members.

2011-2012

President, Keri Holyoak; President-elect, John Notabartolo; Vice President, Jacki Kment; Secretary/Treasurer, Casey Croes; Directors at Large: Jennifer Winter, Kristine Kucera, Vicki Roberts, Susan Hammerling

  • Keri Holyoak, SDPA President, promoted Diplomates and advancements of the DLI to the AAD; advocated for member education, scope of practice, and the Physician-PA team.
  • SDPA Capitol Hill Day brings the largest group of specialty PAs to Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 2, 2011.
  • SDPA is recognized as the largest specialty organization of the AAPA.
  • Inaugural Issue of the Supervising Physician Newsletter (“The Supervisor”) is launched.
  • SDPA Supervising Physician website is launched.
  • Radar Multimedia begins Management Services for the SDPA.
  • SDPA 2nd Annual Diplomate Reception at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL with guest speaker Brian Berman, MD.
  • 2nd SDPA Summer Dermatology Conference held in Washington, D.C. with 283 attendees.
  • 9th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference in Orlando, FL with 414 attendees (sold out conference).
  • SDPA membership approaches 2,000 members.

2012-2013

President, John Notabartolo; President-elect, Jennifer Winter; Immediate Past President, Keri Holyoak; Vice President, Jacki Kment; Secretary/Treasurer, Joleen Volz; Directors at Large: Vicki Roberts, Greg Buttolph, Jennifer Conner, Matthew Brunner.

  • Inaugural Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/1 Mile Walk in Seattle with event proceeds donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation.
  • Discounted Access to the Physician Quality Reporting System Registry (PQRS) via NetHealth.
  • DLI receives ‘Runner-Up’ for AAPA’s Constituent Organizations Award
    New Introductory DLI modules launch in the current Flash version and in HTML5 version (iPad friendly).
  • SDPA 3rd Annual Diplomate Reception at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV with guest speaker David Pariser, MD.
  • 3rd Summer Dermatology Conference in Seattle, WA with 370 attendees.
  • 10th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference in Las Vegas, NV with 375 attendees.
  • SDPA Membership approaches 2250 members.

2013-2014

President, Jennifer Winter; President-elect, Vicki Roberts; Immediate Past President, John Notabartolo; Vice President, Jacki Kment; Secretary/Treasurer, Joleen Volz; Directors at Large: Matthew Brunner, Jennifer Conner, Jang-Mi Johnson, Scott Ahrndt.

  • Inaugural annual Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/1 Mile Walk in Atlanta with event proceeds donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation.
  • 4th Summer Dermatology Conference in St. Louis, MO with 221 attendees.
  • 11th SDPA Fall Dermatology Conference in Atlanta, GA with 424 attendees.
  • First Dermatopathology workshop held
  • SDPA 4th Annual Diplomate Reception in Atlanta, GA.
  • JDPA - The rebranded JDPA was launched Winter 2013.
  • Newsletter - The SDPA Quarterly Newsletter went all electronic Winter 2013.
  • New website launched: Dermpa.org
  • Total Members - 2575

2014-2015

President, Vicki Roberts; President-elect, Matthew Brunner; Immediate Past-president, Jennifer Winter; Vice President, Jacki Kment; Secretary/Treasurer, Joleen Volz; Directors at Large: Jang Mi Johnson, Scott Ahrndt, Jane Mast, Jennifer Conner.

  • All DLI approved for Self Assessment Category 1 CME in January 2014
  • SDPA Leaders meets with AAD board in February 2014
  • SDPA Summer Conference in Indianapolis - AAD exhibited for first time
  • 20th Anniversary Gala held in Indianapolis - a black-tie, formal event
  • Attended by AAD President, Brett M. Coldiron, MD, FAA
  • Had presidential reception at Fall conference
  • Philanthropy Policy Updated in Fall 2014
  • Hired new management company (AMG) in Fall 2014
  • Joe Monroe films Tom Hokanson (first derm PA ever) in Fall 2014
  • Signed CO/AAPA agreement for 3 years in Winter 2014
  • AAD advertised for the first time in JDPA Winter 2014
  • Created new Dermcast PRO and Consumer Section - Launched Winter 2014
  • Created new Hireadermpa.com to be shown at AAD - Spring 2015
  • Created a new vanity phone number 844-DERM-PAS - Spring 2015
  • Met with AAD to discuss the dermcare team they launched – opened the door for more discussions on this issue - Spring 2015
  • Won AAPA CO award category 3 “Grows the PA Profession” with the Miles to Melanoma foundation as the project. Jennifer Conner integral part - Spring 2015
  • Secured a lawyer to help with the development of the Dermatology PA foundation
  • Signed agreement for Fall 2017 meeting in Puerto Rico - Spring 2015
  • New Events Portal Launches on Dermpa.org
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Winners included: Abby Jacobson, PA-C Robert Higham, PA-C Jim Page, PA-C Steven Frank, MD

Additional information

  • Fall meeting was held in San Diego, CA with 537 attending
  • Summer meeting was held in Las Vegas, NV with 374 attending
  • SDPA State Affiliate of the Year: Georgia
  • Dr. Cyndi Yag-Howard - recipient of the Airellle Gift Set valued at $600 from the AAD conference in San Francisco
  • Shannon Hammond, PA-C - recipient of the $100 Amazon gift card from the AAD conference in San Francisco
  • Dr. Ruth Adams - recipient of the $200 Medelita gift certificate from the AAD conference in San Francisco
  • SDPA membership approaches 2,775 members.

2015-2016

President: Matthew Brunner; President elect: Jennifer Conner; Immediate Past President: Vicki Roberts; Vice President: Jacki Kment; Treasurer Secretary: Joleen Volz; DAL (4): Jane Mast, Matthew Dohlman, Gina Mangin, and Mark Hyde. 

  • SDPA Strategic Planning Summit and Leadership Retreat took place at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Olympic Valley, CA, July 23-25, 2015.

  • SDPA launches very first conference focused website – SDPAconferences.org, September 2015.

  • SDPA hosts their largest CME conference to date November 12-15, 2015 with 538 attendees and 14 students at the 13th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL.

  • The Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF) Board of Trustees meets for the first time on November 14, 2015.  The SDPA Philanthropy Committee sunsets after co-hosting the Miles for Melanoma 5K Race on the Universal City Walk Path, in conjunction with the DPAF, where ---90 runners participated and raised $4,960 for the Melanoma Research Foundation.

  • Conference CME Committee hosts their very first Conference Advisory Board in order to innovate and enhance future SDPA CME Conferences, November 14, 2015.

  • Hired Professional Testing Inc. to develop a knowledge base to be used in the creation of a new Diplomate Fellowship program for SDPA members, November 2015.

  • SDPA adopts its first formal Strategic Plan into policy and announces it to the membership, November 2015.

  • Launched all new DermPA.org using the integrated YourMembership Association Management Software (AMS), January 2016.

  • Diplomate Fellowship’s Job Task Analysis (JTA) meeting is held in Dallas, TX with Professional Testing facilitating the process, February, 2016.

  • Exhibited at the AAD’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC in March 2016 where SDPA leaders meet with AAD Board Members regarding SDPA’s continued concerns with the AAD’s Position Statement on the Practice of Dermatology.

  • The Dermatology PA Foundation receives notification from the IRS that the foundation has been recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501c(3) of the internal revenue code, March 2016.

  • Distance CME Committee hosts a Performance Improvement (PI) CME development meeting in Chicago, IL, April 2016.

  • Annual Summer Dermatology Conference is held in Austin, TX June 2016 where the SDPA has its largest ever summer attendance with 464 attendees and our first ever Fundamentals of Dermatology pre-conference track with 160 attendees.  SDPA also launched our first ever Conference Mobile App.

  • SDPA films the 2016 Annual Summer Dermatology Conference Sessions and Fundamentals of Dermatology pre-conference track for the first time in order to offer recorded CME for those unable to attend the Summer Conference, June 2016.

  • SDPA Fellow members vote to approve changes to SDPA Bylaws in order to modernize the SDPA Mission Statement and Objectives, June 2016.

  • Executive Committee meets with NCCPA staff in Atlanta, GA June, 2016 to express SDPA’s concerns regarding their proposed changes to the PANRE.

  • ‘Find a Dermatology PA’ public search directory launches on DermPA.org, June 2016.

  • The Dermatology PA Foundation kicks off their first ever donor campaign with $18,020 pledged in the first month by friends and members of the SDPA, June 2016.


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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