|Frequently Asked Questions|
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.
The SDPA was founded in 1994.
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.
The cost is dependent upon which category you are eligible for:
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.
The SDPA supports “anniversary date membership” - meaning that your membership is active 1 year from the time of joining / renewal.
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:
Yes, if a PA joins then their supervising physician will have access to a free SDPA membership.
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.
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.
The following committees represent the diverse involvement of our members. Anyone can become a member in the following areas:
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.
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