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

Upcoming 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 introduced its Continuing Professional Development webinar series as part of our commitment to supporting physicians and physician assistants on their lifelong learning journey. Questions? Contact Jessica Martinson at or 206.956.3628 or Brendan Cox at or 206.956.3625.

Journey to Diagnostic Excellence - Engaging the Patient and Family in the Process

Thursday, May 27, 2021 from noon–1 p.m.

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition, Washington State Hospital Association, and Washington State Medical Association are co-sponsoring a diagnostic excellence webinar series on the content, development and rollout of an educational program developed by Kaiser Permanente for providers: Getting the Right Diagnosis at the Right Time. The program promotes awareness on the factors that lead to diagnostic errors and how to achieve diagnostic excellence. Using research-based content, consultation with internal subject matter experts, leaders and patient advisors for content KP produced an educational video that yielded high acceptance and thoughtful reflections of clinical practice.

The Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership along with the Medical Officer Collaborative have both underscored the priority of diagnostic excellence as a quality measure and one of the top 5 quality measures for focus. The effects of diagnostic errors are currently estimated to affect upwards of 12 million Americans each year, causing more harm to patients than all other hospital errors combined. These errors also have a marked impact on health care providers; the emotional effects of diagnostic error can be long-lasting and harmful. Patients identify the ramifications of diagnostic errors as emotional distress, prolonged illness and medical complications, impairment in activities of daily living, and decreased confidence in the health care system.Given the prevalence and impacts of diagnostic errors, health care leaders must address them as part of their quality improvement and patient safety programs.

Guest speakers
  • Kerry Litman MD, CPPS, Physician Lead for Patient and Family Centered Care, Southern California Permanente Medical Group and Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School Of Medicine
  • Susie Becken, Patient Advisor, Regional Patient Advisory Council, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 


New Physician Assistant Practice Laws and Regulations: Putting HB2378 into Practice

Tuesday, June 8 from noon–1 p.m.

  • Billie Dickinson, WSMA Policy Analyst
  • Gabrielle Zecha, PA-C, MHA, Washington Academy of PAs President

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. 

Register WSMA members only—sign-in required

CME Credit Statement for each CPD 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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