Special Events

The SDPA offers a number of special events during each of its conferences. Below is a list of the upcoming special events at our Annual Summer Dermatology Conference 2017 in San Diego.

DPAF Virtual 5k run/walk

Although the Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF) in the past has gone the traditional route and hosted an in-person timed event this year they are hosting a virtual run/walk in support of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). All net proceeds will be contributed directly to the NAAF.

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So, Uhhh … What’s a Virtual Run?

Good question! Here’s how it works: Those who want to contribute to this worthy cause can register to run/walk 5k on their own time. Each registrant will be mailed a bib to wear on their shirt whenever they choose to complete their race and each participant will receive a fantastic commemorative medal as well as other materials to help get them started. Then once you’re ready to run/walk:

  1. Take an (optional) snapshot of yourself and send it to us to show your support. Send us your snapshot via email, Tweet us @DermPAsCare or tag us in your Facebook post. Include hashtag #DPAFVirtualRun in your social media posts to be entered to win a free sun protective running shirt!
  2. Complete your race outside, at the gym, or anywhere you like.
  3. Enter your time on the DPAF website. All participants who enter their running, walking or sleeping time will be entered to win a raffle prize.
  4. Congratulate yourself for supporting a good cause!

Don’t want to run/walk alone? Grab a friend OR meet up with the conference running club to run together with fellow SDPA members at the conference. Don’t want to run/walk at all? You can do that too! Grab your PJ’s and contribute to the cause, but sleep in instead. Snap an (optional) pic of yourself in your PJs to show your support and be entered to win a raffle prize.

If you will be attending the conference in San Diego swing by the DPAF booth to say hi. The SDPA Conference Running Group, which is an informal group of members who like to run and walk, will be organizing an informal get together to complete the race together in San Diego outside the Hyatt Hotel at 6:00. A.M. on Saturday, June 3rd.

Arrival reception

Wednesday May 31, 2017 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Harbor Ballroom Foyer

Start your SDPA conference experience off by joining friends and colleagues for our Arrival Reception. All registered attendees are welcome. There will be amazing food, drinks and networking!

The Arrival Reception is sponsored by Taro Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.

Sailing San Diego Bay! Welcome Event & Diplomate Fellowship Launch Party (offsite)

Thursday June 1, 2017 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Admiral Hornblower Yacht

Join us for an exciting evening of fun, food, music and more with your colleagues, faculty, partners and exhibitors at our Sailing San Diego Bay! Welcome Event. This year’s Welcome Event will be held on the beautiful Admiral Hornblower Yacht. The yacht will leave conveniently from the marina behind the conference hotel. In addition the SDPA will be launching the new Diplomate Fellowship during the welcome event complete with fun games, photo opportunities and give aways!

This special event will offer attendees and their guest the opportunity to network with friends and colleagues and enjoy the beautiful sights of San Diego in style. Badges MUST be worn for entry. No fee for guest (age restrictions apply).

This Welcome Event is supported in part by AMGEN.

Cork and Canvas VIP Reception

Friday, June 2, 2017 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Manchester Grand Hyatt Iconic Spa Pool on Second Floor

By Invitation Only: 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.  The event includes food, drinks, entertainment and the opportunity to paint your masterpiece on canvas. No art experience required, its FUN art, not fine art! No fee for a guest (age restrictions apply).  Invitation and badges required for entry.  

This is an evening you won’t want to miss!


Friday June 2, 2017 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Harbor Ballroom A thru F

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 important meeting.

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

Thursday & Friday During Exhibit Hall Hours
Manchester Grand Hyatt

The SDPA is pleased to offer all those registered to attend our upcoming conference in San Diego a complimentary professional head shot. 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 photographer will be available to take your head shot during planned exhibit hall breaks, so please check the schedule and plan accordingly.

“It’s always a great conference! Content and quality of speakers is always excellent and dynamic. You won’t find any other organization that provides both the networking and educational opportunities of this conference.”

– 13th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference Attendee