Special Events

The SDPA offers a number of special events during each of its conferences. Below is a list of events at our 16th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Arrival Reception – Halloween Themed!

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 – 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Located in Tuscan Ballroom Foyer and Citrus Piazza

The kick-off of this year’s annual Fall conference happens to fall on Halloween, October 31, 2018. We hope you and your family will join us [in costume!] at our Halloween themed Arrival Reception. We’ll have spooky decorations and trick-or-treating for kids, and adults, as well as costume contests for the spookiest kids costume, the most creative kids costume, the spookiest adult costume, and the most creative adult costume!

Sponsored by Taro Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc.

Welcome Event

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1st – 9:30 to 11:00 PM
Located at Universal Orlando Resort™/The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™

Hop on a water taxi from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel™ and grab dinner on your own before you cap off your evening with complimentary drinks and dessert at 9:30pm.

Get ready for one of the most incredible parties SDPA has ever thrown because we’ve reserved The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ theme park just for you!

Only here can you soar above the Hogwarts™ grounds as you join Harry Potter™ and his friends on the groundbreaking thrill ride, Harry Potter, and the Forbidden Journey™, and climb aboard Flight of the Hippogriff™, a coaster that takes you on a fun ride past Hagrid’s hut. Plus, experience The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle, a dazzling spectacle of music and lights. Watch in awe from Hogsmeade™ village as projections are cast against the majestic backdrop of the castle. Embrace your Hogwarts™ pride as the four houses are celebrated in stunning light and sound.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2018 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2018 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

Badges and tickets must be presented for entry.

Registered attendees may register free of charge, however, a fee applies for guests. Each attendee may bring a maximum of four guests. The fee is $40 per guest; $20 for children aged 3-9; children ages 2 and younger are free. No refunds for purchased tickets will be made after October 29, 2018.

Guest fees can be applied and paid for during online registration by selecting the optional guest fee on the next page or by contacting us at conferences@dermpa.org. Guest tickets are not available for purchase onsite.

Sponsored in part by AMGEN.

VIP Reception

By invitation only.

Date/Time: Friday, November 2nd – 5:30 to 10:00 PM
Located at Universal CityWalk™ at Universal Orlando Resort™

The SDPA VIP Reception is a unique evening honoring our exceptional SDPA Diplomates, Leaders, Industry Partners, and Faculty. This exclusive, by invitation only, event includes food and drinks served from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the NBC Sports Grill & Brew™ located at Universal CityWalk™. The SDPA has rented out the 2nd floor just for you! Following dinner, we will take the short 5 minute walk over to the Universal Orlando Theatre to watch the Blue Man Group perform. The main entrance to the theatre is located between Hard Rock Cafe and the entrance to Universal Studios. We should arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime. The show starts at 8:00pm, and is 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission.

Water taxis are available to and from the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Badges and tickets must be presented for entry.

Please Note: Due to space limitations, ALL invited attendees may register only one (1) guest who must be 18 years of age or older to attend at a fee of $40. Please provide the full name of your guest in your email. Tickets will not be available for purchase onsite; you must RSVP now. There will be no refunds for no shows or cancellations.

All attendees and their guests MUST present photo ID if they plan to consume alcohol. We can’t wait to see you there!

Please RSVP your attendance for this exclusive event by emailing conferenceadmin@dermpa.org NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 1, 2018.

© 2018 BMP. Blue Man Group Photo by Lindsey Best. Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2018 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2018 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.


Date/Time: Saturday, November 2nd – 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Located in Tuscan Ballroom Foyer

Join us on Saturday evening for the Farewell Reception immediately after the last lecture concludes. Enjoy snacks and beverages as you connect with all the great people you’ve met during the conference! This is a great way to cap off your conference experience and perhaps meet a few more friends and colleagues before you go.

Sponsored by PruGen Pharmaceuticals.

DPAF 3rd Annual Silent Auction
Benefiting Camp Wonder

DPAFEach fall the DPAF hosts an annual silent auction in honor of the Children Skin Disease Foundation (CSDF) Camp Wonder. Camp Wonder is a 1-week summer camp for children is severe to life-threatening skin diseases. It provides children with the unique opportunity to just be a kid away from the prying eyes of the public and those who may not understand their condition. The camp houses all children and provides 24/7 medical staff to ensure the health and safety of children during their stay. Each year the Foundation sets a goal of raising $20,000 from the proceeds of the Silent Auction. This goal allows us to sponsor 10 deserving children to attend camp as well as 2 PA volunteers. As part of our missing to provide philanthropic opportunities for PAs in dermatology, we send two PAs to volunteer and provide each with a travel stipend so all they have to do is ensure they can be present during the week is hosted.

This year the DPAF will be hosting it’s 3rd Annual Silent Auction in honor of Camp Wonder. Our 2017 auction was a huge success despite the unfortunate cancellation the SDPA’s 15th Annual Fall Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Help us make 2018 our biggest success yet! We are excited to continue to offer fantastic auction items ranging from trips to dermatology educational tools, concert tickets, art, wine, jewelry, and so much more! This is your one-stop-shop for all your shopping need.

The auction opens online October 15 and closes November 3, 2018. We will be auctioning off special items specific to the Orlando area and the conference itself. These items will have earlier close dates so you can take full advantage of your winning item while at the conference! So be sure to mark the date and win big! All net proceeds go to Camp Wonder so not only do you win, but the campers win!

PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT studio (New & Improved!)

Thursday, November 1st – 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM & 2:30 to 6:00 PM
Friday. November 2nd – 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM & 2:30 to 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 3rd – 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM & 2:30 to 6:00 PM
(Photographer lunch from 1:30 – 2:30 PM each day.)

Located in Satellite Registration Area, Upper Level

The SDPA is pleased to have been offering attendees with complimentary professional headshots for the past few years. This year we are taking things up a notch! To make sure you get the most out of this benefit, we will hire a photographer who specializes in headshots. To make sure you look your best, the photographer will have a stylist on site to provide light hair and makeup for touch up before each shoot if desired. Each participant will receive up to 7 curated images within 2-3 weeks after the conferences.

Be sure to coordinate your wardrobe for the day you plan to visit the headshot studio. The SDPA will provide white lab coats in various sizes for both men and women to wear during the shoot. To ensure everyone has a chance to get their photo taken, you may be limited to 7 photos.

Promius Mingle Zone

Thursday, November 1 – 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Friday, November 2 – 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 3 – 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Located in Ligurian I&II

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.

sponsored dinner symposia

Grab yourself some extra CME by attending one or more of our sponsored dinner symposia!

VR Psoriasis Goals: Implications of Biologic Treatment

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1st – 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Sponsored by Med Learning Group
Located in Ligurian Ballroom III

Register For this Dinner Symposia Here 

A Virtual Reality Study-Skin Clearance, Quality of Life and Other Patient-Facing Psoriasis Goals: Implications of Biologic Treatment

Med Learning Group (MLG) will conduct this virtual reality satellite symposium presented by one faculty speaker and will contain 1.0 hour of content. The content will be designed for a primary audience of medical dermatologists and the dermatology healthcare team and will include a didactic presentation, interactive audience response questions, and videos using the Virtual Reality Oculus Rift system.

HANDS ON Virtual Clinical Experience – A Guide to Assessing Patients for Psoriatic Arthritis

Date/Time: Friday, November 2nd – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sponsored by Novartis
Located in Ligurian Ballroom III

Register For this Dinner Symposia Here 

Alice B. Gottlieb MD, PhD
Joel M Gelfand, MD
Melissa Davis, MSPAS, PA-C

More information will be made available shortly.

“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