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.

Arrival Reception

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!


Offsite at the beautiful Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum
Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 6:30pm to 9:00pm

This year’s event will be held offsite at the amazing Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in the Seattle Center next to the Space Needle. Showcasing the work of Dale Chihuly, guests can expect to be awed by the intricate and iconic glass works on display. Get ready to dine, dance and delight in the most exceptional venue in Seattle. This will be an exciting themed event (theme to be announced in 2018) complete with a DJ, drinks and (of course) dancing! This is a party – and backdrop – you won’t want to miss! Be sure to snap a few photos of the amazing Chihuly glass artworks, glass ceiling and more while you mingle and network.

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 Welcome Event is sponsored in part by Amgen.

VIP Reception

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.

Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals


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.

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)

Location and Times: Exhibit Hall in Grand Ballroom III / Exhibit Hall Hours

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. Professional head shots will be taken in the Exhibit Hall during Exhibit Hall hours on Thursday and Friday only.

“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