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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 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 jessica@wsma.org or 206.956.3628 or Brendan Cox at brendan@wsma.org or 206.956.3625.


The Washington POLST Clinician Toolkit: Best Practices to Ensure Person-Centered Care

Thursday, Aug. 5 from noon–1 p.m.

Honoring Choices PNW is pleased to present the Washington POLST Clinician Toolkit. This toolkit guides clinicians on the purpose, intended use, and completion of the POLST.

Sharmon Figenshaw, ARNP, palliative care nurse practitioner and co-chair of the Washington POLST Task Force, and Kelsey Stufflebeam, MHA, assistant director at Honoring Choices PNW, will review new resources that physicians, advanced practitioners, and other members of the health care team can use to promote advance care planning, hold goals-of-care conversations, and complete POLST. They will outline who should be offered a POLST, how to apply clinical decision-making to know when and how to offer POLST, how to avoid pitfalls in the clinical use of POLST, and how to ensure a POLST reflects a person’s goals. They will explain how to use a goals-of-care conversation in conjunction with the POLST Completion Guide to provide whole-person care and ensure people with serious illness receive care that is consistent with their values and goals.

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

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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.


AMA STEPS Forward™ Webinar Series

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The AMA STEPS Forward™ webinar series focuses on physician well-being, practice redesign and implementing telehealth during COVID-19. The series provides interactive instruction from experts who address practical, actionable strategies to transform the medical field and your practice within it. The webinar series is part of the AMA STEPS Forward™ Innovation Academy, designed to help physicians, care teams, and health care leaders implement time-saving practice innovation strategies that promote joy in medicine, efficient use of technology, practice sustainability, and quality patient care.

Please note: The AMA is not offering continuing medical education credits for participation in these webinars at this time.

Innovative solutions with an equity lens

August 10, 2021 from 10-11 a.m.

Urmimala Sarkar, MD and Courtney Lyles, PhD, co-founders of UCSF S.O.L.V.E. Health Tech, will outline best practices for implementing new health care technologies—including telehealth—in practice in an equitable, inclusive way focusing on both the impact to marginalized and minoritized patients and the clinicians and systems that care for them.

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