Special Events

The SDPA offers a number of special events during each of its conferences. Below is a list of events at our 15th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

DPAF Silent auction

In Benefit of Camp Wonder

October 24 – November 10, 2017

The DPAF will host its 2nd Annual Silent Auction to benefit Camp Wonder in conjunction with the SDPA’s 15th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The silent auction is a fantastic opportunity for SDPA members to snag fun items all while benefiting our efforts to send 8 children and 2 PAs to attend Camp Wonder on behalf of the Foundation. SDPA Members can expect to browse through items such as books, dermatoscopes, educational products, conference tickets, travel items related to Puerto Rico, and much more. Camp Wonder, hosted by the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation, is a place where children with severe skin diseases can experience a once in a lifetime week of fun. This is their chance to just “be a kid” while under the supervision of 24-hour medical staff. Members can bid on items online leading up to the conference and in-person once on site.

The DPAF will open nominations to choose the two PAs that will each receive one of the two slots to attend the 2018 session of Camp Wonder along with $1,000 of DPAF travel assistance. Be sure to bid and help us support children and PAs to take part in this unique opportunity. We plan to open nominations in January of 2018 – Keep an eye out to volunteer!

Ballaja BarRacks “WHITE HOT PARTY” Welcome Event!

Offsite at the Ballaja Barracks overlooking the beautiful Bay of San Juan

Wednesday November 8, 2017 – 6:30pm to 10:00pm

This year’s event will be held offsite at the historic Ballaja Barracks constructed by the Spanish Army between 1854 and 1864. The Barracks is one of the most important cultural and historical monuments in Puerto Rico and spans an impressive 7,700 square meters on three floors around a vast courtyard. As an added bonus, the Barracks overlook the 400-year-old Castillo San Felipe del Morro fort, or “El Morro” for short, a 16th-century citadel which sits strategically at the entrance of San Juan Harbor.

Join us for an upbeat evening — Puerto Rico style. You won’t want to miss this exciting and unique opportunity to strap-on your dancing shoes, unwind and enjoy the culture and music this beautiful venue has to offer as well as complimentary food and drinks. This is a White Hot Party so be sure to dress in all white (resort casual clothing recommended) and collect your glow in the dark accessories (a must!) on your way into the event. As an added bonus, all attendees will have access to four of the museum exhibits on the 2nd floor. Learn more about the museum’s exhibits here. See you there!

Please Note: Registered attendees receive complimentary admission, there is an additional guest fee of $40 (inclusive of food, drinks and transportation). The guest fee can be applied/paid for during registration by selecting the optional guest fee on the next page or contact us at conferences@dermpa.org.

Transportation to and from the barracks will be provided – the last bus will leave at 9:30pm. Badges and tickets must be presented for entry. Must be 18 years of age to attend.

The Welcome Event is sponsored in part by Amgen.

Photo: Jorge Fusaro via Flickr

VIP Reception

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Old San Juan

By Invitation Only: Enjoy an exclusive evening of food, music and drinks with friends and colleagues. All SDPA Fellow Diplomate members and guest, SDPA Board of Directors, committee chairs, Dermatology PA Foundation Board of Trustees, faculty and partners are invited to this memorable event. No fee for a guest (age restrictions apply).  Invitation and badges required for entry.

The VIP Reception is sponsored by Novartis Pharmceuticals.


Thursday November 9, 2017 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
San Geronimo Ballroom

Mark your calendar for the SDPA’s membership meeting! During the meeting, attendees will be able to ask leaders questions during a live Q&A and get updates on the SDPA’s current and planned activities and programs. Take an interest in the association and be sure to stay for this valuable opportunity to take advantage of your SDPA membership.

Promius Mingle Zone

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

The Mingle Zone, sponsored by Promius Pharma, will be open throughout the day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will be a great place to recharge (yourself and your personal devices!), grab a snack and catch-up with friends. Look for signs pointing the way.

Professional HEAD SHOTS (Complimentary)

Loction and Times TBD

The SDPA is pleased to offer all those registered attendees with complimentary professional head shots. If you wish to have your photo taken please plan your wardrobe in advance. Digital copies of the head shots will be provided as a courtesy by SDPA and physical prints can be purchased directly from the photographer. White lab coats in various sizes will be available for use in your photos. The location and time of the head shot booth are to be determine, so please check back periodically.

“I love the excellent speakers and the broad range of topics SDPA conferences always provide! It’s always a great conference! From the meeting location to the comfort of the hotel, to mingling with colleagues – overall it’s such a wonderful experience.”

– 2017 Annual Summer Dermatology Conference Attendee