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The Importance of SDPA Fall Conference for Physician Assistants


Renata Block, MMS, PA-C., explains the importance of The Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) 2022 Conference.

The 2022 Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) Conference starts November 17th and ends November 20th in Miami, Florida. Renata Block, MMS, PA-C, talked with Dermatology Times® and discussed the conference's importance to physician assistants and what she's looking forward to the most.


Renata Block, MMS, PA-C: Hi, my name is Renata Block. I'm a physician assistant based in Chicago, Illinois. I am proud to be coming to the SDPA conference because it is a conference curated by our members, meaning we listen to what the members want. And it is created by Derm PA's by Derm PA's. So this conference is exciting, because we have that inaugural cosmetics workshop, which we have been working on for the past couple of years, and it finally came to fruition. We also have something called tracks, so depending on where you are in your practice, whether you're advanced Derm or you want to have the foundational basics, or you want cosmetics or professional development, you get to choose the course that you want to take based on your needs. I'm also looking forward to palliative dermatology and the quality of life for our patients. Our director is Dr. Ted Rosen and he always has just amazing lectures and information about infectious diseases. So we're going to be talking about anti-infectious mechanisms and how we can treat our patients moving forward. This year in Miami, we have something called the townhall where we have the NCCPA the AAPA and of course, the SDPA meeting and answering questions from our members and really encouraging them to step up and use their voices and really let the public know of how much we contribute to patient care. What differences we are making to the country's healthcare? We are learning that 98 million people are unable to get access to health care. This is a perfect opportunity for dermatology pas to get involved and make a difference and be able to give these people the health care that is needed.

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