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2018 Dermatology PEARLS | PA & NP Learning Symposium
Westin Buckhead Atlanta
3391 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
United States

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Thursday, September 06, 2018, 7:30 AM to Saturday, September 08, 2018, 5:15 PM EDT
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10th Annual Conference | September 6-8, 2018 at the Westin Buckhead - Atlanta, GA

Dermatology PEARLS: is a three day medical education program designed as a comprehensive training for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners working in the dermatology specialty.  The Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants is pleased to host Dermatology PEARLS for our colleagues across the nation.  We invite you to join us in Atlanta for a weekend of intensive education and hands on workshops to build your knowledge and competence in the specialty of Dermatology.

A large consideration of our meeting planning involves recruitment of a faculty panel that represents thought leaders in the dermatology specialty as well as real world clinicians who provide practical insight into diagnosing and caring for patients. Located at the heart of the Buckhead Community of Atlanta the Westin Buckhead is adjacent to Lenox Mall and offers easy access from the Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 

This program is provided by the Georgia Dermatology Physician Assistants and supported through educational grants and corporate sponsorship.  


This activity has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 25.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the AAPA Review Panel. PAs should claim only those credits actually spent participating in the CME activity. 

This activity was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.


Conference Fees: 

Before 12:00AM (EST) 8/1/2018

  • $199  GDPA Fellow/Associate Member
  • $224  Non-Member PA/NP/MD/Etc
  • $200  PA Student

At 12:00AM (EST) 08/02/2018

  • $350  GDPA Fellow/Associate/Affiliate Member
  • $375  Non-Member PA/NP/Etc
  • $200  PA Student

Please note: Registration for the conference is restricted to licensed medical professionals and members of industry with an interest in the dermatology specialty. 

2018 Conference SOLD OUT!

 Conference Agenda

 Featured 2018 Lectures:

  • Management of Photoaging - by George Martin MD
  • Challenging Clinical Cases - by Ted Rosen MD
  • Vulvar Dermatology - by Jodi Ganz MD
  • Pediatric Dermatologic Viral Conundrums - by James Treat MD
  • Malodorous Dermatoses - Eileen Cheever PA-C
  • How to Treat Hair Loss without Losing Your Own - by Joslyn Kirby MD
  • Ocular Dermatology - by Douglas DiRuggiero PA-C
  • Rash 101 - by Matthew Zirwas MD
  • Photodermatoses - by Jennifer Conner PA-C

Optional Workshops, Tracks & Evening Events:

Dermatologic Surgery: Intermediate to Advanced

Instructor: Scott Dinehart MD | Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 9:45AM-11:45AM | Cost $99.00 up to 2 Category 1 CME hours.

In this session, an experienced Moh's Surgeon will walk participants through going beyond the elliptical excision. Participants are expected to have basic suturing and elliptical excision as a baseline knowledge before enrollment.

Creating a Better Patient Experience Track: Efficiency & MA Training

Instructor: Eileen Cheever PA-C & Vicki Roberts PA-C | Saturday, September 8, 2017 - 3:15PM-5:15PM | Cost $60.00 up to 2 Category 1 CME hours.

Eileen Cheever PA-C and Vicki Roberts PA-C, two experienced dermatology PAs will present an engaging discussion on how to craft a better patient experience and hone an excellent working relationship with your Medical Assistant.

Welcome Event & Charity Fundraiser

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:30PM | Included for all conference registrants, Guest Fee of $25 applies (Must be 18 or older.)

All conference participants, faculty, sponsors, and exhibitors are invited to attend this memorable Welcome Event to kick off the conference with live music, open bar and appetizers.  The event will also be a launch party for the 2018 GDPA Miles for Melanoma Team to benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation.

Meeting Details:

Hotel Reservations:  A block of rooms have been reserved at the Westin Buckhead at the single rate of $189.00 plus 16% tax per night for standard rooms plus Georgia State Hotel-Motel fee of $5.00 per room per night.  There is an additional fee for each additional person.  Children up to and including the age of 18 years are free when occupying the same room as their parents.  Rates are available through August 13, 2018 or until entire room block has been filled whichever comes first.  Any reservations requested after August 13, 2018 will be subject to prevailing rates and night commitment.  Conference organizers assume no responsibility beyond securing reduced rates on behalf of the Participant.  You MUST cancel your reservation with the Hotel 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation penalty. An early departure fee of $75 will apply if guests check out prior to the confirmed checkout date.  Hotel will confirm arrival/departure dates with guest at check-in.

Check in time is 4:00pm and checkout time is noon.  All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.  The Hotel's policy requires a credit card imprint upon check-in.

Reservations can be made online: Hotel Reservations

Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel directly at 404-365-0065 and identify yourself as a member of the GDPA Group.

Discounted parking for GDPA Group: Overnight self-parking is $18 per car per night.  Daily self-parking is $10. 


From Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Westin Buckhead:

Estimated Taxi Fare: Approximately $38.00 + (per each way)

A&M Shuttle Service by request, fee: $30 one way and $46 round trip.  For more information and to book your reservation call 1-770-955-4565.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA Train) one way fare is $2.75.  Take the North-North Springs Line from the Airport Station to Buckhead Station (N7).  Walk one (1) block North on Peachtree Rd.  Hotel is on the right.

Uber and Lyft: Both are available and serve the Atlanta Airport.

Cancellations:  A cancellation fee of $99.00 will be charged for all registrations cancelled prior to July 1, 2018 with written notification to GDPA, 6547 Preakness Pass, Bulverde, TX 78163 or by email to [email protected].  Please allow 4 weeks for processing of any approved refund.  

For any cancellations made after June 30, 2018 due to medical reasons, a letter from your attending physician stating that the medical reasons will prevent attendance at the Conference, must be sent along with a written cancellation notification to GDPA. If approved your Conference Registration Fee less a $99.00 cancellation fee will then be applied to next year’s GDPA Derm PEARLS Conference.

For any cancellations made after June 30, 2018 due to natural disaster, a letter indicating the circumstances that will prevent attendance at the Conference, must be sent along with a written cancellation notification to GDPA, 6547 Preakness Pass, Bulverde, TX 78163. If approved your Conference Registration Fee less a $99.00 cancellation fee will then be refunded.

For any cancellations made after June 30, 2018 due to immediate death in family (child, partner, spouse, parent or grandparents) a written cancellation notification to GDPA, 6547 Preakness Pass, Bulverde, TX 78163. If approved your Conference Registration Fee less a $99.00 cancellation fee will be refunded.   

There will be NO refund for any cancellations made after June 30, 2018 for any other reasons.

GDPA reserves the right to cancel the meeting up to four (4) weeks prior to the event.  In the event of cancellation, conference organizers cannot be responsible for reimbursement of airline fees and other accommodation expenses.

Workshop/Track Policy:  A workshop/track participant accepts responsibility for the following: mastery of the minimum listed prerequisite skills prior to enrollment as well as providing their own required supplies as listed.  While the GDPA will make every effort to ensure that course objectives are covered within the time frame of the workshop/track, we understand individual instructors may differ in teaching style and techniques.  It is the sole responsibility of the individual participant to initiate dialog with the course instructor during the workshop/track to ensure their desired skills are covered and comprehended prior to completion in the course time allotted. The GDPA cannot be responsible for failure on the part of the participant to learn individual skills.   GDPA will not offer refunds or future course credits to workshop/track participants under any circumstances once the participant has signed in to the workshop/track.  Any workshop/track cancellations that precede the start time of the workshop are subject to normal GDPA conference registration cancellation policies.

Location: Westin Buckhead 3391 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30326

For more information:

Contact: Rose Hawker

Contact: Rose Hawker - [email protected]