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Continuing professional development to support our members on their lifelong learning journey.

Upcoming CPD Webinars

Continuing professional development is the process of lifelong learning in which physicians acquire, through formal and informal activities, the medical and non-medical competencies they need to improve their ability to practice medicine and provide effective patient care. Engaging in continuing professional development is a professional obligation and also a prerequisite for enhancing the quality of health care. The WSMA offers continuing professional development as part of our commitment to supporting physicians and physician assistants on their lifelong learning journey. Questions? Contact Jessica Martinson at jessica@wsma.org or 206.956.3628 or Brendan Cox at brendan@wsma.org or 206.956.3625.


Health Equity M&M Webinar Series

Friday, August 12, 2022 from noon to 1 p.m.

The WSMA and WSMA Foundation are launching a new series: Health Equity M&M Webinar Series. Think ‘morbidity and mortality,’ but with a focus on health equity. Free for WSMA members, this webinar series is held on the second Friday of even-numbered months at noon.

Edwin Lindo, JD, facilitates case-based discussions presented by attendees. Lindo is the assistant dean for social and health justice in the Office of Healthcare Equity and acting assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He teaches, presents, and writes on issues of race and racism within the field of medicine and greater society. He is internationally recognized as a conscious voice for racial and social justice.

These Health Equity M&M discussions provide a framework for recognizing and examining our own biases and identifying the ways systemic racism exists in our organizations. You’ll have new tools to think critically and identify when to advocate for your patients from historically marginalized communities, ensuring they receive the highest quality clinical care. The Health Equity M&M discussions serve as one of many mechanisms to address forms of systemic marginalization of patients.

This series fosters a space conducive to building a community of professionals focused on achieving health equity; allowing for discussions of charged but necessary topics. Each webinar is protected under WSMA's CQIP as recognized by the WA DOH and pursuant to RCW 70.225.040. By registering, you agree to maintain the confidentiality of the cases discussed pursuant to RCW 43.70.510, RCW 70.41.200, and RCW 4.24.250.

Register WSMA members only—sign-in required

CME Credit Statement for each Health Equity M&M Webinar Session

The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.


COVID-19 Vaccines Webinar Series

Maintaining a patient population immunized against the COVID-19 virus is a large-scale challenge requiring a coordinated effort, one where primary care physicians play a crucial role—more so now that mass vaccination clinics are becoming a thing of the past. Physicians are ideally suited to educate people about the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, communicate the safety and efficacy in an understandable way, address individual concerns and create a culture of confidence around the vaccines. By leveraging the trust patients have in their physicians, you can help ensure Washingtonians are receiving guidance based on sound science and good medical practice—and help counter the increasing barrage of misinformation circulating on- and offline.

If you haven’t already, it’s time to embed the COVID-19 vaccine into routine preventive care in your practice. The WSMA has joined the Washington State Department of Health to help physician practices and clinics access the tools and information they need to incorporate the COVID-19 vaccines into their practice workflows and employ effective strategies to engage patients in conversations about the vaccine. 

Part 1 – COVID-19 Vaccines: How to Embed them into Routine Preventive Care

Friday, July 29, 2022 from noon to 1 p.m.

The logistics of delivering COVID-19 vaccines in a practice or clinic setting may have been a barrier in the past for some organizations, particularly our smaller practices. Today, however, there have been many advances that have made administering the vaccine more convenient for practices of all sizes. Join us for this session where you'll learn how to:

  • Bill for COVID-19 vaccine counseling and administration.
  • Access small, more manageable quantities of COVID-19 vaccines from Vaccine Depots across the state.
  • Join the more than 65,000 Washington physicians, PAs, and health care providers who have already committed to educating and empowering their patients to vaccinate.
  • Leverage the physician toolkit and public-facing resources to help protect the health and wellbeing of your community.

Guest speakers:

  • Alison Hilkiah, provider outreach supervisor, COVID-19 Vaccine Initiatives, Washington State Department of Health
  • Kim Huey, MJ, CHC, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, CPCO, COC, KGG Coding and Reimbursement Consulting, LLC
  • Danielle Koenig, health promotion supervisor, Center for Public Affairs, Washington State Department of Health
  • Mark Jowett Tan, owner, Bainbridge Island Community Pharmacy
  • Ariel VanZandt, COVID-19 vaccine ordering and distribution coordinator, Washington State Department of Health

Register

Part 2 – COVID-19 Vaccines: Strategies to Discuss the COVID-19 Vaccine with Your Most Reluctant Patients

Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 from noon to 1 p.m.

Join an expert panel of physicians at this free webinar to learn effective strategies to engage patients in conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine by addressing their questions, fears, and concerns. Physicians from communities with low vaccination rates will provide real world examples of how to discuss the pediatric and adult vaccines, as well as booster vaccines. Representatives from DOH will outline the key elements of Power of Provider (POP) and the resources included in the toolkit.

Guest speakers:

  • Amy Carter, MD, FAAP, chief medical officer, Allegro Pediatrics
  • Shireesha Dhanireddy, MD, medical director, Infectious Disease Clinic, Harborview Medical Center
  • Alison Hilkiah, provider outreach supervisor, COVID-19 Vaccine Initiatives, Washington State Department of Health
  • Geoff Jones, MD, hospitalist and family medicine, Newport Health Center
  • Gretchen LaSalle, MD, family medicine, MultiCare Rockwood Clinic – Quail Run

Register

CME Credit Statement for each COVID-19 Vaccines Webinar Session

The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

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