As natural leaders in their communities, physicians are often asked to serve on boards, whether it’s their county
or specialty society, a local charity or homeowners association, etc. In order to be an effective board member, it’s
important to understand the various types of boards, your responsibilities, and what’s expected of you.
Now more than ever, physicians are being asked to serve on the board of their clinic, medical group, or integrated system. But in
order to be an effective board member it's important to understand the difference between a constituency-based board and a
representative board, what's expected of you in terms of fiduciary responsibility, who you are expected to represent, and how to be
effective in communicating as a board member. Equipped with this knowledge, physicians can be even stronger leaders and bring a
powerful voice and perspective to any board.
The WSMA Effective Board Governance Course is a full-day seminar, providing in-depth education about governance—what it is,
what boards do, why they exist and how you can be an effective participant.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Details on CME credit are included in the curriculum
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
For more information about upcoming dates for the course, contact
Monica Salgaonkar at
email@example.com or 206.956.3641.
What have we learned about being on a board?
The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 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 6.5 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