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The DEF, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, was founded to inspire dermatology nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to achieve a professional balance between the art of healing, the power of diagnostic skills, and case-based assessment and training.

In addition to web-based content with a practical focus designed for dermatology NPs and PAs housed on, we are actively involved in the following initiatives. Our content is designed and delivered by dermatology thought leaders, researchers, and educators who are experts and world leaders in the training of dermatologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. In addition to the foundational elements of the practice of dermatology, we employ a case-based learning strategy that creates a practical and clinically relevant aspect to all of our programs.

Our annual 4-day conference held in the summer, called the DEF Essential Resource Meeting (also known as DERM), is the Clinically Relevant and Practical Case-Based Dermatology NP and PA CME Education Experience™ you don’t want to miss! More than 25 hours of CME/CE credit makes this an annual necessity for NPs and PAs, including a dermoscopy course and many discussion sessions on more than thirty diseases and conditions in dermatology, as well as ample time to meet and interact with dermatology companies and manufacturers in our exhibit hall and social functions

Our Regional Biologic & Small Molecule NP/PA CME Bootcamp Series is a chance to join us to discover in-depth training course covering the pathophysiology, assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, atopic dermatitis, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Audience engagement is key at these regional CME conferences held several times a year. See our webpage for more details!

 Educational webinars are conducted monthly as another complimentary offering to help NPs and PAs stay updated on what is happening in the dermatology industry. Our NP/PA VideoSeries launched in February 2020 to address the latest news related to dermatology and practice management in the era of the coronavirus. Specifically, we also covered a variety of educational topics, case discussions, and host sponsored promotional webinars, as well. Be sure to subscribe to our Free CME to get on the eblast list and stay informed! If you are interested in hosting a sponsored webinar, please contact us at [email protected]

The DEF aims to elevate the training experiences of the nurse practitioner and physician assistant through funding Mentorship Grant opportunities throughout the year. Visit with a dermatologist outside your region or state to put into practice what you were mentored on and to bring back to your own clinic. After the grant project is completed, the DEF helps the grantee publish their experience and promote the outcome of the mentorship program. See more on our website and to apply for a mentorship grant.

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