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President's Message | September 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018  
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Dear Colleagues,

One of the primary goals of the SDPA leadership is to plan and prepare for the future of the Society. Recently your leadership team attended our annual leadership summit; there we brainstormed updates to the SDPA’s strategic plan in an effort not only to secure the future of the Society, but to continue the advancement of the dermatology PA profession as well. Utilizing our mission to Empower, Educate and Advance dermatology PAs, the SDPA will remain focused on Education, Coalition Building, Membership Growth, Brand- Image-Visibility, Professional Development, and Advocacy and Legislative Monitoring.

As you know, education is one of the SDPA’s primary focuses and we’re excited to be gearing up for another great conference, the 16th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in Orlando this November. I want to personally thank all those who work so tirelessly to make our conferences the best in the industry. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Orlando!

Speaking of education, the Diplomate Fellowship program released in June 2017, represents the highest standards in education for dermatology PAs. The final phase will be released in the coming weeks and I hope you will join me, and the over 1,300 others currently enrolled in the program, to become an SDPA Diplomate Fellow. Program graduates will be distinguished for their knowledge and the skills necessary to provide exceptional patient care while we collaborate as part of the dermatology team. Not only will you receive over 65 + CME credit hours, additional benefits will be available to Diplomate Fellows including invitations to special receptions at our conferences, discounts on conference registrations and membership dues just to name a few!

2019 will mark the 25th year of the founding of the SDPA – if you don’t know the story, it involves our founder, Joe Monroe, standing in front of an AAD meeting in 1994 with a sign asking for other PAs to identify themselves. This resulted in a small group forming the basis of what would become the SDPA over pizza in Joe’s hotel room. We’ve come a long way since that first meeting. The determined efforts of leaders have grown the Society into the largest and most advanced PA specialty organization in the nation. Mark your calendars now for a special 25th SDPA anniversary celebration during the SDPA Annual Summer Conference June 5-9, 2019, in Washington, DC.

As much as education is vital to our organization, it is only a part of the vast array of work the SDPA does to empower our members and to advance our profession. Now more than ever, advocacy and legislation are vital to the progressive growth of our profession. Make your voice heard and join the AAPA and the SDPA for a legislative fly-in on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, in Washington, D.C. as we kick off the summer conference. This is our time to discuss with the legislators the issues that have an impact on the PA profession at large, our patients and the impact on our ability to practice.

As part of our advocacy efforts, the SDPA has committed additional resources and efforts on behalf of our members to promote dermatology PAs and emphasize the importance we play in improving quality and timely access to patient care. You’ll begin to see the results of these efforts in the near future. As part of these efforts, we will continue to partner with the AAPA as we advocate for and promote Optimal Team Practice (OTP) at the state level.

Also coming up, our philanthropic arm, the Dermatology PA Foundation, will launch its third silent auction online October 15th. The auction will run through the fall conference in Orlando and close on November 3rd. Hot ticket items you won’t want to miss out on include a cosmetic consult and treatment, travel packages, jewelry, conference registrations, and much more. Proceeds of the auction will once again benefit The Children’s Skin Disease Foundation at Camp Wonder.

The overall value of your SDPA membership is immeasurable and I thank you for your dedication to our profession and the patients we all serve. When you have the opportunity, please take the time to show your appreciation for those current and past SDPA leaders who have paved the way for our organization to be the largest and greatest PA specialty organization in the nation!



Joleen M. Volz, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
SDPA President
SDPA Diplomate


SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference 2019
June 6-9, 2019 – Marriott Marquis – Washington D.C.
Pre-Conference June 5

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