Resident Case Submission

Resident case presentations are an integral part of each PDA Annual Meeting as they showcase future leaders in the field of dermatology. The 2020 Resident Case Symposium will take place over four days of our 72nd Annual Meeting, to be held July 30-August 2 in San Francisco. Don't miss your chance to compete against residents from other programs, gain experience as a presenter and educator and interact with prominent dermatologists who are also meeting faculty.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted cases should have good teaching value and good clinical slides. All Resident Case Presentation submissions must be done online. Please note that a case abstract and clinical photos are required as part of the submission, not any potential presentation slides. Please omit any information that might lead the judges to recognize you or the institution for which the work was done. Submissions are limited to one (1) per presenter - please send us your best case!

The submission deadline was May 1, 2020. Please note that residents should receive a confirmation email immediately after submission of the case online. If this email is not received within 5 minutes of your submission, please contact PDA at Case presenters will be notified by June 2, 2020.


Submission to be a presenter is open to residents in recognized dermatology residency programs from the following US states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington as well as the Western Canada provinces of British Columbia and Alberta.


15 cases will be selected for presentation in the Resident Case Symposium through a review of 6-8 senior PDA members. 3-4 resident cases will be presented each morning of the Annual Meeting (Thursday, July 30, through Sunday, August 2).

Presentation Guidelines

Your presentation of this case should not exceed 6 minutes total which includes time for one or two questions from the audience. The moderator is instructed to cut you off if you exceed that time allotment. At the podium, you will have a microphone, laser pointer, wireless slide remote, speaker timer and a large confidence monitor right in front of the podium so that you can see exactly what is being projected onto the screen (and so you don't need to "speak to the screen").

Travel Expenses

Reimbursement for hotel accommodations and travel expenses with a comprehensive maximum of $750 will be distributed upon submission of receipts at the conclusion of the meeting.   


Please note PDA also offers a roommate matching service to help residents. Please contact the PDA office at (888) 388-8815 or via email at no later than July 1, 2020, if you would like to share a room with another attendee (and split the cost of the room). Remember to indicate whether you are male or female and your anticipated arrival and departure dates.

Awards - Individual & Residency Program

The best resident presenter will receive the PDA 2020 Anita Gilliam Best Resident Case Award, which includes $200 cash and two years of free membership to the PDA following the completion of their residency. The residency program of the selected best presenter will be sent an engraved, "traveling" award (will be returned before the 2021 Annual Meeting) with current and past winners that can be displayed prominently at your institution.  

Past Resident Case Winners

2019 - Kelly Laskoski, MD, San Antonio Uniformed Health Services Education Consortium
A Case of Leprosy Saved from Catastrophic Consequences

2018 - Justin Besen, MD, Stanford University
Immunotherapy-Induced Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma?

2017 - Teo Soleymani, MD, Stanford University
Massively Metastatic Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans
with Fibrosarcomatous Transformation Years After Surgical Resection

2016 - Lance Chapman, MD, University of California, Irvine
A Rare Case of Autosomal Dominant Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia

2015 - Lina Rodriguez, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
Diagnostic Skin Biopsy for Lafora Disease

2014 - James Yen Wang, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
A Novel Retiform Lichenoid Dermatitis in a Patient with IPEX Syndrome

2013 - Iris Ahronowitz, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Three Primary Subcutaneous Merkel Carcinomas in a Single Patient

2012 - LaVonne Meadows, MD, Loma Linda University
Pre B-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma Misdiagnosed as a Hemangioma

2012 - Jeffrey Melancon, MD, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Is That a Shark Bite, or Do You Need to See a Dermatologist?

2011 - Christina Han, MD, University of British Columbia
Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome Triggered by Levamisole-Tainted Cocaine:
A Case Report and Review of the Literature

2010 - Caroline Piggott, MD, University of California, San Diego
Caught at the Border: 5 Prisoners and the Dermatologic Surprises Found Beneath…

2009 - Julianne Mann, MD, Oregon Health & Science University
A Rare Case of Galli-Galli Disease

2008 - Julie Gladsjo, MD, University of California, San Diego
Lues Maligna