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Offering high-quality continuing education opportunities to dermatologists

Our mission is to offer high-quality continuing education opportunities to dermatologists practicing in the Western US, Canada, Mexico and Pacific Rim countries. We are committed to helping develop the next generation of dermatologists and improve the overall quality of patient care. Within our membership, there are both established, experienced thought-leaders in the field as well as younger up-and-coming clinicians and researchers. Our education scheduling is designed in a format that supports a work family balance.

Calendar of Events

2017 Spring Training
Medical Therapeutics in Dermatology

April 22, 2017
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale, Arizona

69th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association

August 17-20, 2017
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, California

70th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association

August 2-5, 2018
Grand Fiesta Americana
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

What's New

Cabo San Lucas Chosen as 2018 Annual Meeting Site

The PDA will hold its 70th Annual Meeting at the beautiful Grand Fiesta Americana in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from August 2 - 5, 2018. Held at an all-inclusive, family friendly resort, it marks the PDA's return to Mexico after a nearly 40 year absence. With this unique, ocean front destination, expect to receive the high quality dermatology education that the PDA regularly provides combined with many activities and adventures available in Cabo San Lucas. A special dinner cruise is being planned to the famous "Arch", a distinctive rock formation at the extreme southern end of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula. You won't want to miss this meeting!

UC Irvine's Chapman Wins Best Resident Case at PDA 2016

Dr. Lance Chapman, a current University of California, Irvine resident, was selected as the Best Resident Presenter during the PDA's 2016 Annual Meeting in Newport Beach this past August. Chapman won $200, two years of free PDA membership following completion of his residency and possession of the Anita Gilliam Best Resident Case Presentation trophy for his case of "A Rare Case of Autosomal Dominant Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia". He bested 11 other presenters from 7 Western US residency programs.

PDA 2016 Spring Training Meeting Draws Record Numbers to Scottsdale

The PDA's 5th Annual Spring Training meeting was held April 16, 2016 at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nearly 125 physicians and physician-extenders attended the one-day, symposium titled “Medical Therapeutics in Dermatology” which was a joint meeting with the Phoenix Dermatologic Society. Speakers included Drs. Susan Swetter, Kevin Cooper, Harper Price, John Zone, Joseph Merola and Rachel Kornik. Click on the title above for highlights and pearls from 2016 Spring Training.

Ragsdale, Gilliam inducted in 2015 PDA Fellow Class

Dr. Bruce Ragsdale of Western Dermatopathology and Dr. Anita Gilliam from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation were inducted into the inaugural class of PDA Fellows at PDA's 2015 Annual Meeting in Park City. PDA Fellow status was created to formally acknowledge colleagues who have positively impacted the careers of PDA members or those demonstrating long time participation in or service to the association. The deadline for 2016 Fellow nominations in June 1, 2016.