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President's Message | November 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019  
Posted by: Blair Beggan
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Dear Colleagues - 

November has arrived, and that means our Fall Conference is just around the corner!  We will continue to celebrate our 25th Anniversary, and therefore it is fitting that we close out our 25th year with a sold-out event that boasts the highest attendance number EVER at 700 attendees.  I am so excited for this conference, my first as SDPA Board President, and I’m looking forward to seeing all those in attendance in Scottsdale! 

As you are most likely aware, the SDPA membership voted to add a Nominating Committee to our bylaws during the Summer Conference in Washington, DC. Traditionally, the SDPA has opened a call for nominations at the annual Fall Conference, however, this year, the call for nominations was emailed to all members on November 6th, allowing additional time for thoughtful consideration on potential leadership candidates.  The Nominating Committee has been working to streamline the application and self-nomination process to run for a SDPA elected position, and we anticipate a great slate of candidates for the leadership elections in March.  I’d like to thank our Nominating Committee for their work over the past several months.  This committee is led by Joleen Volz, our Immediate Past President; Matthew Brunner, member-elected committee member; and Vicki Roberts, board appointed committee member. 

For those of you that will be in Scottsdale, and are interested in an elected position, be sure to join the Nominating Committee at their reception on Saturday November 23, 2019 at 11:00 am in Trailblazers A at the Westin Kierland.  Come meet the SDPA leadership team in a social environment and ask any questions you may have about serving in a leadership position, or other exciting ways to get involved with the SDPA.

I’d also like to mention a few additional things about the Fall Conference.  First, all attendees are invited to attend our Welcome Reception on Thursday night, sponsored by UCB.  Themed “Boots & Sterling”, come mingle with your colleagues or kick up your heels (or boots, in this case) on the dance floor.  Another event I’d like to highlight is the DPAF Annual 5K run, benefiting Wigs For Kids.  The 5K will take place Saturday morning, and registration remains open.  For those of you who want to sleep in, you can register to take your 5K kit back home and participate at your convenience.  Also, two of the most popular features of our conferences are returning in Scottsdale.  The Mingle Zone is a great spot to take a break from sessions, charge up your devices and network with your fellow attendees.  And finally, if you haven't made one already, the Headshot Studio is currently taking appointments.  Sign up in advance for a complimentary professional headshot appointment and bring that smile to Arizona!   

Again, I’m looking forward to seeing our SDPA members in Scottsdale next week.  Let’s make some memories together!  And please plan to join me and other volunteer leaders at the Nominating Committee Reception. We can’t wait to meet the future leaders of the SDPA.


Gina D. Mangin, MPAS, PA-C
SDPA President


SDPA Summer Dermatology Conference - CANCELLED
May 14-17, 2020
Denver, Colorado

SDPA 18th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference
October 29 – November 1, 2020
InterContinental Miami
Miami, Florida

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