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UPDATE: SDPA Doctorate Task Force

Sunday, January 21, 2018  
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The SDPA has elected to dissolve the recently appointed SDPA Doctorate Task Force due to changes in the education offerings available to PAs who wish to advance their education and credentials. Based upon the announcement of two Doctor of Medical Science degree programs for PAs, the relevance and need for the Task Force was reconsidered. It was the mutual feeling of both the Task Force Chair and SDPA President that the educational system has already begun to respond to the demands of PAs for credentials that will allow them to advance their career options and at a minimum maintain parity with the offerings available to our Nurse Practitioner colleagues.

Currently, there are two accredited programs that have begun to recruit students to their Doctor of Medical Science programs. Both programs are aimed towards clinically practicing PAs but there are some differences in the two programs in terms of the type of students they seek to enroll and the timeline to complete the degrees offered.

Lincoln Memorial University is offering a 2-year Doctor of Medical Science program for PAs and is currently aimed only at Primary Care PAs. For Dermatology PAs, the newly launched Doctor of Medical Science program at Lynchburg College offers both a distance and residential program and is open to PAs who practice in specialties or primary care. The Lynchburg program offers a 9-month residential program or a 12-month distance program.

For those who wish to learn more about the programs and their degree offerings the following links will take you to the programs respective websites:


SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference 2018 - NOW OPEN!
June 28-July 1, 2018 – Westin Hotel – Seattle, WA
Pre-Conference June 27

16th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference 2018
November 1-4, 2018 – Loews Portofino –Orlando, FL

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