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President's Message | March 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019  
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Dear Colleagues,

It seems like just yesterday that the Society of Dermatology PAs celebrated its 20th year anniversary. This year marks a quarter of a century since founding member, Joe Monroe, stood outside an American Academy of Dermatology Conference with a sign reading, “Are you a PA?”. The first meeting had less than 25 dermatology PAs identified in the country. Currently our two conferences each average approximately 600 PA attendees. The SDPA is now the largest specialty organization in the nation.

The SDPA continues to exhibit a booth each year at the American Academy of Dermatology. The March 2019 AAD meeting in Washington, D.C. was no different. Your SDPA leaders sat with members of the AAD Board of Directors to discuss areas that we can work together towards our mutual goals of the profession, patient access, and quality dermatology patient care.

I hope that you will be in attendance at the SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference June 6-9, 2019, including the preconference day on June 5th. The SDPA's celebration of our 25th year anniversary begins at the SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference on Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at the "Red, White and You!" Welcome Event at the Sequoia Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Potomac River in Georgetown.

A few of your SDPA leaders recently attended the AAPAs Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Alexandria, Virginia. The event kicked off by advocating with legislators on Capitol Hill regarding the critical issues affecting our PA profession. The remainder of the summit included sessions that addressed issues facing the PA profession, best practices for constituent organization leaders, and also advocacy skill-building.

Preceding the conference on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 the SDPA, in partnership with the AAPA, will host SDPA’s Capitol Hill Day. We welcome all PAs from across the country to participate in face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and staff on the key legislative issues that affect our profession and patients. Both novice and seasoned advocates will benefit from and enjoy the SDPA Capitol Hill Day. Don’t forget to register.

The philanthropic arm of the SDPA, The Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF) is now in its fourth year and continuing to grow their outreach in philanthropy, education and research. They are proud to have received a $250,000 research grant from Sun Pharma, which is being used to fund PA-led research into skin disease and PA impact on care in dermatology. Applications are currently open for research grants, so please reach out to the DPAF if you are interested or would like to apply! The DPAF is also gearing up for their fourth annual silent auction to benefit the Camp Wonder, and they also sponsor travel for PA volunteers. The auction will open online May 20, 2019 and close June 8, 2019. Items will be available for viewing onsite at the SDPA Summer Conference, as well as online through the Bidding for Good website and app for those not attending. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the DPAF and support patient advocacy, research, and scholarships.

The DPAF and the SDPA are proud to open nominations for awards to recognize exceptional contributions to the dermatology PA profession. These awards will be presented during the SDPA 25th Anniversary Gala. Award categories include: Dermatology PA of the Year, Philanthropic Dermatology PA of the Year, Dermatology Research PA of the Year and Dermatology PA Educator of the Year.

I am grateful for the PA leaders who have taken the time to pave the way for our profession. There are still some challenges for PAs in dermatology. Our progress ensues because of these PAs who are willing to take action and advocate for change and growth.

Don’t forget to vote in the SDPA 2019 leadership elections before March 31,2019. I hope to see your name on a future ballot during leadership elections. In the meantime, there are many areas to serve in your Society. We welcome you and your talents. Let us know where we can plug you in.



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


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

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