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Improving team function to help you achieve greater operational success within your clinical system.

Dyad Leadership Course

The WSMA Dyad Leadership Course is a month-long course with three live educational workshop days. This course is intended for physicians and their administrative dyad partners who wish to improve team function and achieve greater operational success within their clinical system.

Why it's important

Safe, cost-effective, and quality care can only be achieved when physicians and administrators are strong partners in leadership. Forging such a partnership effectively connects the culture of patient care with the culture of business, yielding better outcomes and real change.

Teamwork is necessary to achieve better outcomes. Having the whole team on the same page for the right reasons is crucial to drive real change.

How it works

The WSMA Dyad Leadership Course is designed as a working “retreat” focusing on three aspects of leadership development:

  • Assessment of current individual, dyad, and team function, with attention to opportunities for improvement.
  • Construction of a remediation process using classroom-based and health care facility-based resources to plan for individual, dyad, and team growth.
  • An evaluation of progress toward goals at the completion of the course.

This WSMA Dyad Leadership Course develops leadership knowledge and skills based on the ongoing operational needs of the physician and their administrative partner. The course is adapted to fit the specific clinical culture of participating teams. At the end of the course, participants will have a greater understanding of how to enhance leadership and operational success within their clinical system.

Course details

The fall 2021 dyad course will be held Oct. 15-Nov. 12. The in-person classes will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16. Note: All in-person classes will now take place via Zoom. Course participants will then have four weeks of online instruction and interaction, finishing with a third in-person session on Friday, Nov. 12. The deadline for registering is Sept. 17, 2021.

The course is limited to 10 dyads. The tuition for the course is: WSMA Member: $3,000 per dyad; Non-member: $4,000 per dyad.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Details on CME credit are included in the curriculum information below.

Cancellation policy

For cancellations received less than thirty days before the first day, the registrant will be charged 50% of tuition, and have the opportunity to attend a future course, where we will collect the remaining 50%.


Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA

This course is led by Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA, professor emeritus in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and health services at the University of Washington in Seattle and senior physician advisor for the WSMA Center for Leadership Development.


To register for the WSMA Dyad Leadership Course, physicians must have completed the WSMA Physician Leadership Course or be on a leadership track within their practice or organization. Learn more about the Physician Leadership Course.

To register for the WSMA Dyad Leadership Course

Register online for the Dyad Leadership Course. Questions? Contact Monica Salgaonkar at 206.956.3641 or

Payment for the course is accepted by credit card or check. To pay by credit card, you may do so when registering online. To pay by check, please remit payment to the address below, and we will send you an email confirming you and your dyad partner’s registration. It is important we receive payment prior to the first day of the course.

Washington State Medical Association
ATTN: Abby Vincent
2001 6th Avenue #2700, Seattle, WA 98121

CME Credit

The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The WSMA designates this Live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 24 hour(s) of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.


The content of this activity is not related to products or services of an ACCME-defined commercial interest; therefore no one in control of content has a relevant financial relationship to disclose and there is no potential for conflicts of interest.

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