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Continuing Medical Education (CME)

SDPA Continuing Medical Education (CME) Mission Statement

SDPA is a nonprofit national organization dedicated to the continuing professional advancement of dermatology physician assistants.  Our primary mission encompasses providing SDPA member and non-member dermatology physician assistants with current, relevant and applicable continuing education programs to improve their dermatological knowledge and skills.  


1. To facilitate advancement in dermatologic diagnoses, treatment and outcomes in a variety of skin types with a diverse, evidence-based, and comprehensive selection of educational opportunities.

2. To support career-long learning through a CME program developed and directed to address clinical practice gaps and other learning needs identified nationally, locally or individually.

3. To provide a variety of education activities such as:

  • Live courses
  • Journal-based CME
  • Online enduring activities

4. To provide educational activities consistent with the accreditation requirements and policies of ACCME.

5. The expected results of the CME program is that learners will gain and apply knowledge about important dermatological issues; use the tools and skills provided during the CME activity to make a meaningful, positive impact on the health of dermatological patients; or make a commitment to change behavior or practice as a result of participating in the CME activity.


Each year the SDPA hosts two annual conferences. The primary goals of the SDPA and its conferences in turn is to promote the education and training of PAs specializing in dermatology. Supported through educational grants and corporate sponsorships, our conferences are recognized as the premiere education venues for dermatology PAs. Each conferences is submitted for CME accreditation through the AAPA and attendees are offered opportunities for both Category 1 CME as well as Self Assessment CME.





SDPA Digital 2020
October 29 – November 1, 2020
A virtual educational offering
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SDPA Annual Summer Dermatology Conference
June 10 - June 13, 2021
Chicago, IL

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