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Physician Rights and Responsibilities

Civil Rights and Responsibilities

The WSMA is in favor of equality of opportunity in medical society activities, medical education and training, employment, and all other aspects of medial professional endeavors regardless of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic affiliation, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex. (Reaffirmed A-17) (Modified by Res 8-8, A-18)

The WSMA is unalterably opposed to the denial of membership privileges and responsibilities in county medical societies and state medical associations to any duly licensed physician because of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic affiliation, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex. (Reaffirmed A-17) (Modified by Res B-8, A-18)

The WSMA calls upon the medical profession and all individual members of the WSMA to exert every effort to end any instances in which equal rights, privileges, or responsibilities are denied because of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (JC 9.03-87) (Reaffirmed A-17) (Modified by Res B-8, A-18)


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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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