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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

70th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association

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

71st Annual Meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association

August 15-18, 2019
Loews Coronado
San Diego, California

72nd Annual Meeting of the Pacific Dermatologic Association

July 30 - August 2, 2020
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, California

What's New

Stanford's Soleymani Wins Best Resident Case at PDA 2017

Dr. Teo Soleymani, a current Stanford University dermatology resident, was selected as the Anita Gilliam Best Resident Presenter during the PDA 2017 Annual Meeting in San Francisco this past August. Soleymani 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 "Massively Metastatic Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans with Fibrosarcomatous Transformation Years After Surgical Resection". His case was presented along with 11 others from 7 Western US & Canadian residency programs.

Wat Selected as 2017 Newcomer Research Award Recipient

Dr. Heidi Wat, a dermatology resident at the University of Alberta, was selected as PDA's 2017 Victor Newcomer Research Award recipient. Wat was awarded a $500 prize and the opportunity to present her research on "The Predictive Value of Mitotic Rate for Sentinel Lymph Node Positivity in Thin Melanomas" at the PDA 69th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. This award was established in honor of Dr. Victor Newcomer, an esteemed mentor and leader in the dermatologic community, and aims to encourage residents and new practicing clinicians of dermatology to strive for excellence in their work.

Highlights from PDA's 2017 Spring Training Meeting

The PDA's 6th Annual Spring Training meeting was held April 22, 2017, at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Nearly 110 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. Whitney High, Mario Lacouture, John Koo, Laura Pincus, Jennifer Fu, and Drew Kurtzman. Click on the title above for highlights and pearls from the 2017 Spring Training.

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!