Pre-Conference: June 27th, 2018
General Conference: June 28th - July 1st, 2018
The Westin Seattle – Seattle, WA

Special Events

The SDPA offers a number of special events during each of its conferences. Below is a list of events at our Annual Summer Dermatology Conference in Seattle, Washington.


Times: Thursday, June 28th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm & Saturday, June 30th, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Inside the Mingle Zone (Grand Crescent Room; Grand Level / 4th Floor)

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 have hired a local Seattle photographer, Jennifer Boyle Photography, specializing in professional headshots. The headshot studio will be open for photos on Thursday, June 28th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm nd Saturday, June 30th, from . 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:

  • 7 curated images which will be provided by the photographer in an online photo gallery within 2-3 weeks of the event
  • 2 of the 7 images will be professionally retouched by the photographer and provided in your gallery as high resolution images for download & printing

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.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: 5th Avenue (located Grand Level on 4th Floor)
Sponsored by Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Hop off the plane, and come on down to the Westin Hotel Grand Level on the 4th Floor for our Arrival Reception. You can grab yourself a few snacks and start networking with SDPA leaders, speakers, and other attendees. The Arrival Reception is a great way to start your conference experience while making new friends. Plus – there will be games and prizes. As with all our receptions, don’t miss your chance to scan the conference mobile app QR code to gain points towards winning prizes throughout the week!


Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Offsite at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Join us at the Chihuly Garden and Glass in the Seattle Center, next to the iconic Space Needle, for the Scenes of Seattle Welcome Event. The work of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly will be the backdrop for this amazing event that will celebrate some of Seattle’s most amazing landmarks as well as the music, movies and television shows made famous by this exciting city. We’ll provide plenty of opportunities to help you capture the memories while you spend the evening in this awe-inspiring venue dining, drinking, and dancing to the rhythms of one of area’s premier DJs. This is a party – and backdrop – you won’t want to miss!

Badges and tickets must be presented for entry. Registered attendees receive complimentary admission, however there is an additional guest fee of $40 per person (inclusive of food and drinks). Must be 18 years of age to attend. The guest fee can be applied/paid for during registration or contact us at

The Scenes of Seattle Welcome Event is sponsored in part by Amgen.

Guest tickets will not be available for purchase onsite, you will need to purchase guest ticket prior to arrival.


Friday, June 29, 2018 | 6:30pm
Location: SAFECO Field Ballpark

This year we’re taking you out to the ball game! This exclusive, by invitation only*, event includes an exciting game between the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals at SAFECO Field Ballpark in our very own private suites. Food and drinks will be provided, as is transportation to and from the game. Badges and tickets must be presented for entry.

Registered attendees receive complimentary admission, however there is an additional guest fee of $40 if a guest is registered to accompany you prior to the event (inclusive of food, drinks and transportation). Must be 18 years of age to attend.

*By Invitation Only: Open to all SDPA Fellow Diplomate members, SDPA Board of Directors, committee chairs, Dermatology PA Foundation Board of Trustees, faculty and partners are invited to attend.


Friday, June 29, 2018 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Grand Ballroom I & II

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.

DPAF Charitable Run/Walk

Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 6:00am
Location: Register at DPAF Booth / Gather for Run/Walk at Hotel Concierge Desk

Come prepared to take an hour to give back to the dermatology community! The SDPA’s foundation, the Dermatology PA Foundation, will be hosting their annual charitable run/walk, this year, benefitting the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, on Saturday, June 30th, at 6:00am. To register, stop by the DPAF booth in the Grand Ballroom Foyer on the fourth floor. As an added AWESOME bonus, all registered participants of the run/walk will receive a commemorative t-shirt and medal.


Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Grand Ballroom I
Sponsored by PruGen, Inc. Pharmaceuticals

New this year! Join us 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!


Times: Thursday, June 28th, 6:30 am – 6:30 pm; Friday, June 29th, 6:30 am – 7:00 pm & Saturday, June 30th, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Grand Crescent Room; Grand Level / 4th Floor

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.

“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