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SDPA and AAPA Meet with AAD Regarding the DermCare Team

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently announced the DermCare Team, a new initiative designed to make specific AAD products and educational activities available to those who practice with AAD members. Unfortunately, participation in the initiative requires teams to sign an attestation that the AAD member is onsite when the PA practices unless there are “extenuating circumstances.”

AAPA and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA) sent a letter requesting that AAD either remove the mandatory attestation or update its current position statement requiring the onsite presence of a dermatologist at all times.

SDPA leaders, AAPA’s liaison to AAD, Robert Higham, MPAS, PA-C and AAPA staff met with AAD leaders on March 22nd at the AAD Annual Conference in San Francisco to discuss the issue. Ideally, language will be developed that will support the AAD DermCare Team initiative while not imposing new restrictions on dermatologists and PAs. AAPA, SDPA and AAD will continue to work on a resolution and will possibly meet again next month to continue to discuss this issue. Look for updates in SDPA and AAPA communications.


Vicki Roberts, MPAS, PA-C, President, SDPA

Photo: L to R:
Matthew Brunner, MHS, PA-C, SDPA president-elect, Vicki Roberts, MPAS-PA-C, SDPA president, Ann Davis, MS, PA-C, AAPA VP constituent organization outreach and advocacy, Jennifer Winter, MSPAS, PA-C, SDPA immediate past president, Robert Higham, MPAS, PA-C, AAPA liaison to AAD

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