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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

71st Annual Meeting

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

72nd Annual Meeting

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

73rd Annual Meeting

August 19-22, 2021
Resort at Squaw Creek
Lake Tahoe, California

What's New

Stanford's Besen Wins Best Resident Case at PDA 2018

Dr. Justin Besen, a current Stanford University dermatology resident, was selected as the 2018 Anita Gilliam Best Resident Presenter during PDA's 70th Annual Meeting in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Besen 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 "Immunotherapy-Induced Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma?" His case was presented along with 10 others from 8 Western US dermatology residency programs.

Johnson Selected as 2018 Newcomer Research Award Recipient

Dr. Mariah Johnson, a 2018 Oregon Health & Science University dermatology residency graduate, was selected as PDA's 2018 Victor Newcomer Research Award recipient. Johnson was awarded a $500 prize and the opportunity to present her research "Skin Cancer Screening: Recommendations for Data-Driven Screening Guidelines and a Review of the USPSTF Controversy" at the PDA 70th Annual Meeting in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 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.