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Diplomate Fellowship

SDPA Diplomate Education Programs

The SDPA offers a number of education opportunities through its conferences and journal, the JDPA, as well as other resources. However the cornerstone of our educational offerings is the SDPA Diplomate Fellowship. The Fellowship is the premier training program for PAs in the field of dermatology.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Diplomate Fellowship program is an all-encompassing, online, didactic training program for PAs working in the field of dermatology. Once fully released it will include approximately 65 hours of AAPA accredited Category 1 CME training, spread out across 22 modules. Each of the 22 modules will contain sections (or presentations) providing detailed training on the topics related to that module. Due to the size of the program it will be released in phases between June 1st and the fall of 2017. The first phase release was on June 1st and contained 7 modules and the core textbook.

The program was created in conjunction with a core text book, Dermatology Essentials – 1st Edition by Bolognia et. al. This text will be used and referenced throughout the program and you will be asked to read associated chapters.

The SDPA worked with testing industry experts (psychometricians) and dermatology professionals to build this standardized program from the ground up. All content was validated by the dermatology community to ensure it includes the skills, tools and knowledge set a dermatology PA needs to perform their job with excellence.

A list of all 22 modules can be found below:

  • Module 1  -  Basic Principles of Dermatology (Available Now!)
  • Module 2  -  Diagnostic Procedures (Available Now!)
  • Module 3 –  Dermatopathology
  • Module 4  -  Therapeutic and Surgical Procedures (Available Now!)
  • Module 5  -  Neoplasms
  • Module 6  -  Papulosquamous Eruptions And Eczematous Dermatoses
  • Module 7  -  Acne, Rosacea, and Other Adnexal Diseases
  • Module 8  -  Infections and Infestations (Available Now!)
  • Module 9  -  Pruritus and Psychocutaneous Disorders
  • Module 10  -  Urticarias, Erythemas, and Purpura
  • Module 11  -  Pigmentary Disorders
  • Module 12  -  Hair, Nails, and Mucous Membranes
  • Module 13  -  Disorders Due to Physical Agents (Available Now!)
  • Module 14  -  Cutaneous Manifestations of Autoimmune and Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Module 15  -  Vesiculobullous Diseases
  • Module 16  -  Vascular Disorders
  • Module 17  -  Disorders of Subcutaneous Fat (Available Now!)
  • Module 18  -  Disorders of Langerhans Cells And Macrophages
  • Module 19  -  Cutaneous Manifestations of Metabolic and Systemic Diseases
  • Module 20  -  Genodermatoses (Available Now!)
  • Module 21  -  Aesthetic Medicine
  • Module 22  -  Dermoscopy

As this Diplomate Fellowship program represents the standard in dermatology PA education, graduates will be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide exceptional patient care and function as a strong member of their team. Graduates will stand out amongst their peers as highly trained derm PAs with an exceptional dedication to the field of dermatology.

The Diplomate Fellowship program also provides a valuable tool to Dermatologists looking to train PAs in their practice. Whether a dermatologist is training a PA new to derm or ensuring well rounded skills for an experienced PA, the standardized nature of this program provides exposure to a broad didactic knowledge base to complement the Dermatologist’s practical training in the office even though some conditions are not regularly encountered.

Upon completion of the course members will receive their Diplomate Fellow status, and receive a beautiful certificate to display proudly. Your new status will also afford you the following benefits:

  • Elevated standing in the SDPA and derm PA community
  • Larger discounts on SDPA’s conferences, membership dues, and other CME opportunities
  • Free access to the SDPA’s Performance Improvement courses
  • Access to VIP events at all SDPA conferences
  • Public listing on the SDPA website as a Diplomate Fellow
  • Special listing in the ‘Find A Member’ search and the ‘Find a Dermatology PA’ search

Due to the size of the program, the SDPA is releasing the modules in phases. The first 7 modules were released on June 1, 2017. We expect there to be three more releases before the full program is released. The next release is anticipated for August 2017.

  • Module 1  -  Basic Principles of Dermatology (Available Now!)
  • Module 2  -  Diagnostic Procedures (Available Now!)
  • Module 3 –  Dermatopathology
  • Module 4  -  Therapeutic and Surgical Procedures (Available Now!)
  • Module 5  -  Neoplasms
  • Module 6  -  Papulosquamous Eruptions And Eczematous Dermatoses
  • Module 7  -  Acne, Rosacea, and Other Adnexal Diseases
  • Module 8  -  Infections and Infestations (Available Now!)
  • Module 9  -  Pruritus and Psychocutaneous Disorders
  • Module 10  -  Urticarias, Erythemas, and Purpura
  • Module 11  -  Pigmentary Disorders
  • Module 12  -  Hair, Nails, and Mucous Membranes
  • Module 13  -  Disorders Due to Physical Agents (Available Now!)
  • Module 14  -  Cutaneous Manifestations of Autoimmune and Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Module 15  -  Vesiculobullous Diseases
  • Module 16  -  Vascular Disorders
  • Module 17  -  Disorders of Subcutaneous Fat (Available Now!)
  • Module 18  -  Disorders of Langerhans Cells And Macrophages
  • Module 19  -  Cutaneous Manifestations of Metabolic and Systemic Diseases
  • Module 20  -  Genodermatoses (Available Now!)
  • Module 21  -  Aesthetic Medicine
  •  Module 22  -  Dermoscopy

Members can purchase available modules through the SDPA’s online Learning Center. The Learning Center is where all our online education is housed. Be sure to sign into your SDPA membership on dermpa.org before entering the Learning Center so you are automatically logged in.

If it does not automatically log you into the Learning Center, click “Sign In” in the top right-hand corner of the webpage (in grey) and enter your SDPA membership log-in credentials. Your log-in information for the Learning Center is the same as your SDPA log-in for convenience.

Members will be able to collect and report CME hours per module. Each time you complete a module a certificate of completion will be issued and saved in your online profile under the “My Learning” tab in  the Learning Center.

The SDPA highly values providing exceptional education opportunities at reasonable prices. For that reason we have priced the Diplomate Fellowship at just $7.00 per CME hour. Each module will be priced based on the amount of CME it contains and you will be able to purchase modules one at a time, and in any order you wish. We estimate that the full course will cost somewhere around $500 (this includes the core textbook) once fully released. As we have not yet developed the complete program and finalized the amount of CME please note this is an estimate.

When you purchase your first module you must purchase the accompanying core textbook from the learning center. We have arranged for a special discounted price. You can select either an electronic or physical copy. The physical copy will cost $50.00 (this includes shipping fees). Each physical copy also comes with complementary access to the electronic version of the text. Electronic-only copies will cost $40.00.

We anticipate that the program will offer 65+ hours of CME. As the program has not yet been released in full we do not have an exact count of CME at this time.

Members will have 2 years, from the date of enrollment, to complete the full program (encompassing 22 core modules) and obtain Diplomate Fellow status. The 2-year completion timeline is to ensure that members complete the course within an appropriate timeframe and are therefore able to retain and apply the knowledge they learned.

To pass each section, members must receive a score of 70% or higher on the exam. To complete the module in full, all sections must have a passing score. To complete the entire course and receive formal Diplomate Fellow status, members must pass all 22 modules within the 2 year completion timeline.

If a member has not completed the course within the 2-year time period and contacts staff for permission to complete the course after significant time has lapsed, the member will be required to:

(1)    Complete any unfinished modules

(2)    Re-complete those modules which are not deemed as “introductory.”

The SDPA will expect the member to complete these courses within a reasonable timeframe, as determined upon notification to staff by member. The member will not be provided with another 2-year completion period. A new CME certificate will not be issued for any modules that members are required to re-complete in their entirety.

Yes, you may retake an exam if you receive a failing score.

No, while the Distance Learning Initiative (DLI), the predecessor to the Diplomate Fellowship, required a PA to have been working in dermatology and be an SDPA Fellow member for at least 1 year, the new program does NOT carry this requirement. The program was built to add value to the practice of both new PAs and those with experience in dermatology. All Fellow members are welcome and invited to begin the program at any time.

Once a member has purchased and opened a module within the online Learning Center, the SDPA will consider the course as having been “accessed and utilized” and refunds will not be issued. The only exception to this rule is for the first module purchased by each member. Since the first module will include the purchase of the core text book, a refund will not be issued if the text has already been mailed to the member. We will consider a refund in this instance if the member mailed the book back, unopened from any wrapping AND they have not yet accessed the online module. The SDPA will not pay for return shipping fees for returned texts. Please contact staff immediately with refund requests at admin@dermpa.org.

In the event of damage or loss of your core text book, a new text book will be issued at a cost to the learner of $45.00 USD plus the cost of shipping. Shipping will be determined individually by zip code. SDPA staff will remit an invoice for payment to the member. The replacement text will not be sent until the invoice has been paid. 

The SDPA Distance CME Committee, under the direction of the Board of Directors, reserves the right to make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Explanation and background will be required when submitting any request for a refund exception. Requests should be emailed to admin@dermpa.org.

The Diplomate Fellowship is an entirely new program, built from the ground up. The DLI, which was the SDPA’s former education program developed in 2005, was built in the clinical style with case study based learning. This new program is centered on one core text and all with a similar style and theme. Learners will be provided with all resources and information needed to complete the program and will walk away with improved skills, knowledge and training. Each module contains sections. Each section contains a presentation you will watch, an exam and an evaluation survey. The majority of sections will have an associated chapter in the core text book that you will also be required to read.

Electronic CME certificates will be provided to members module-by-module within the online Learning Center. The SDPA will not provide printed versions of module CME certificates. Members can print their module certificates at any time within the online Learning Center.

Certificates can be found within the learning center under the “My Learning” tab and then “Completed.” 

This means that you are not logged into the Learning Center. Only members will be able to see available courses. To log into the Learning Center, you can click “Sign-on” seen in grey in the top right-hand corner of the Learning Center homepage. Your login credentials are the same as your SDPA membership.

You can also log in as a member on Dermpa.org and then click on “Learning Center” from the “Education & Training” tab. This will automatically log you into the Learning Center.

Once you are logged in, click on “Course Catalog” and then “Diplomate Fellowship” from the quick links on the left-hand side of the catalog.

For Associate, Affiliate, and Student Members:

Unfortunately, you cannot enroll to become a Diplomate Fellow. This title is available only to Fellow members who are PAs working with a board certified or eligible dermatologist. However, we offer five of our 22 modules to ALL members. See below for the full list.

While the full program is reserved for Fellow members who are working with a board certified or eligible dermatologist, we have made 5 modules available to ALL Members of the SDPA. Any member of the SDPA can purchase and complete the following modules for CME credit:

  • Module 1 - Basic Principles of Dermatology (Available now!)
  • Module 5 - Neoplasms
  • Module 6 - Papulosquamous Eruptions and Eczematous Dermatoses
  • Module 7 - Acne, Rosacea, and Other Adnexal Diseases
  • Module 8 - Infections and Infestations (Available now!)

Associate members who wish to complete the program in full can submit to the Distance CME Committee for special consideration. This offering is reserved for Associate members who are dedicated to the field of dermatology and plan to continue their career with a board certified or eligible dermatologist.

To submit for approval to take the full program, Associate members must first complete all 5 open modules (above) and THEN fill in this form. We will not review forms until the 5 open modules are completed. Your title will remain “Diplomate Fellow Candidate” until you become a Fellow member.

For Current Diplomates Who Completed the DLI:

No, the new program does not affect your standing as a Diplomate. You do not need to complete the program to maintain your status as a Diplomate. You simply need to continue to meet the maintenance requirements every two years to maintain your well-earned status as a Diplomate.

The Distance Learning Initiative (DLI) was the former iteration of the current Diplomate Fellowship. The DLI was built in 2008 and active until March of 2016. Members who completed this rigorous program have been trained and awarded a title of the highest standing in our society. The DLI contained 70+ hours of clinical style case study based learning. Upon completion of the course, members were awarded the title of Diplomate to signify their elevated standing – equal to that of a Diplomate Fellow.

When the DLI was retired in 2016, the SDPA decided that the program warranted being rebuilt from the ground up. This was partially to update the technologies, system and information included in the course, but also because the DLI was owned in partnership with the UT Southwestern Medical School. The Diplomate Fellowship is owned solely by the SDPA. The Diplomate Fellowship is centered on one core text and all with a similar style and theme. Learners will be provided with all resources and information needed to complete the program and will walk away with improved skills, knowledge and training. Each module contains sections. Each section contains a presentation you will watch, an exam, and an evaluation survey. Most sections will have an associated chapter in the core text book that you will also be required to read.

While members who complete the DLI and the Diplomate Fellowship have different titles awarded to them, their standing in the SDPA and dermatology community is equal. Both represent PAs with an exceptional level of training and dedication to the field of dermatology. Both “Diplomates” and “Diplomate Fellows” receive the same membership benefits.

No, both Diplomates and Diplomate Fellows receive the same membership benefits for having achieved and maintained their status:

  • Elevated standing in the SDPA and derm PA community
  • Larger discounts on SDPA’s conferences, membership dues, and other CME opportunities
  • Free access to the SDPA’s Performance Improvement courses
  • Access to VIP events at all SDPA conferences
  • Public listing on the SDPA website as a Diplomate Fellow
  • Special listing in the ‘Find A Member’ search and the ‘Find a Dermatology PA’ search

Yes, you will remain a “Diplomate” for as long as you continue to meet the maintenance criteria:

  • You must maintain SDPA Fellow membership at all times
  • You must do one of the following every 2 years:
    • Attend an SDPA conference
    • Complete one of the online conference video packages (Must complete all days of a conference, even if sold as separate packages. Do not need to complete the fundamentals workshops)
    • Complete ALL JDPA online CME credit exams for the 2 year period

*Please note that SDPA staff perform random audits to ensure members are meeting their maintenance criteria.*

Once You Have Completed the Diplomate Fellowship:

Becoming a Diplomate Fellow affords you fantastic discounts and opportunities within the SDPA (among other benefits). Once you have completed the program you will need to maintain your status. Maintenance requirements for the Diplomate Fellowship are the same for existing SDPA Diplomates.

  • You must maintain SDPA Fellow membership at all times
  • You must do one of the following every 2 years:
    • Attend an SDPA conference
    • Complete one of the online conference video packages (Must complete all days of a conference, even if sold as separate packages. Do not need to complete the fundamentals workshops)
    • Complete ALL JDPA online CME credit exams for the 2 year period

*Please note that SDPA staff perform random audits to ensure members are meeting their maintenance criteria.*

Yes, if a member does not continue their maintenance criteria they can lose their status as a Diplomate or Diplomate Fellow. In this instance staff will provide you with pathways to regain your status. Depending on the length of time you have not met maintenance criteria – specifically lengthy lapses in SDPA membership, you may be required to recomplete course work in addition to other required tasks.

If a member lets their membership expire, or does not meet the other maintenance requirements, the member will be required to meet specific requirements to regain their status. Status can be regained by rejoining the society as a Fellow member (no renewal discounts will be applied) and attending an SDPA conference or full set online CME videos from one of our annual conferences (must complete all day’s packages from one full conference, with the exception of pre-conference workshops).

As soon as the member has attended the event or completed the online videos, SDPA staff will restore Diplomate or Diplomate Fellow status, and associated discounts, to the member’s profile. Members must contact admin@dermpa.org to have status restored to their profile.

Fellow members who complete the program will gain the title of “Diplomate Fellow.” “SDPA Diplomate” specifically refers to those members who completed the SDPA’s original training course, the Distance Learning Initiative (DLI).

Members should display their Diplomate Fellowship title exactly as follows once gaining Diplomate Fellow status:

  • When written out: Diplomate Fellow, SDPA

Should a Fellow member let their membership lapse, Diplomate Fellow status will become void after the membership has been lapsed for more than 6 months. Upon renewal following a lapse for more than 6 months, any discounts applied to the standard Fellow member dues, or other special discounts, would not be applied. In this instance, members can regain their Diplomate status by rejoining the society as a Fellow member (no renewal discounts will be applied) and attending an SDPA conference or full set online CME videos from one of our annual conferences (must complete all videos from that conference with the exception of pre-conference workshops). As soon as the member has attended the event or completed the online videos, SDPA staff will restore Diplomate status, and associated discount access, to the member’s profile. Members must contact admin@dermpa.org to have status restored to their profile.

Contact admin@dermpa.org with any questions or concerns or to notify them that you have met the requirements for regaining status.

Once you have complete the full program, contact SDPA staff at sdpa@dermpa.org or admin@dermpa.org and let us know. Once we have confirmed that you have completed the course in full, we will send you a beautiful printed copy of your certificate of Diplomate Fellow status.

Each Diplomate Fellow will receive 1 complimentary printed copy of their certificate upon completion of the course. Additional printed copies of your certificate can be purchase for $5 each to cover the cost of printing and mailing.

SDPA staff are always available and ready to answer your questions. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us or sending an email, or find us at the SDPA booth during our conferences. You can also post a note to the SDPA forums where staff and SDPA leaders monitor and respond to inquiries quickly.

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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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