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WSMA Annual Meeting

The 2020 WSMA Annual Meeting will take place virtually on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27. WSMA members interested in serving as a delegate at the virtual 2020 House of Delegates meeting, contact For an update on the official actions of the 2019 WSMA House of Delegates, visit the House of Delegates page.

AMA President Susan Bailey, MD, to Speak at Annual Meeting

AMA President Susan Bailey, MD

Joining us at this year's Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates is recently inaugurated American Medical Association President Susan Bailey, MD, who will speak at the opening session of the meeting on Sept. 26. Dr. Bailey will discuss the current activities of the AMA, including the health care environment from a national perspective, followed by a live Q&A session.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Sept. 26 and 27 via Zoom. If you are interested in proposing policy be sure to take note of the following details.

Act soon: First deadline for submitting resolutions is Aug. 10

As a WSMA member, you can help guide the direction of the association and raise awareness of issues of importance to the practice of medicine in Washington by authoring a resolution—a proposal asking the WSMA to take a position or act on an issue. Learn more about resolutions here and be sure to note the following dates:

  • Aug. 10 – Deadline to submit your resolution for publication in the WSMA Delegate Handbook, the compilation of resolutions and other business to be considered by the House of Delegates.
  • Aug. 21 – Delegate Handbook will be available on the WSMA website.
  • Aug. 27 – Final deadline to submit your resolution. Resolutions received after this date must have consent of two-thirds of the House to be considered.

Remember, resolutions must be sponsored by a WSMA delegate, alternate delegate, or member of the board of trustees. If you are interested in authoring a resolution but are not a delegate or board member, the WSMA will work with you to develop your resolution idea and help find a sponsor. Contact us at for assistance.

Registration coming shortly; for now, save the dates!

The 2020 Annual Meeting will take place virtually over two days: the opening session of the House of Delegates and virtual reference committee hearings held on Saturday, Sept. 26, followed by the second meeting of the House of Delegates on Sunday, Sept. 27. For a preliminary agenda, see the Agenda section below.

Members planning to participate in the meeting should note that, while there are no educational sessions associated with this year's meeting, the WSMA offers an expanding number of educational opportunities, both live and on demand.

Registration will be available soon—for now, save the dates!

A Message from Your President

Bill Hirota, MD

Dear Colleagues,

The WSMA board of trustees has made the important decision to transition our usual annual in-person House of Delegates meeting to a virtual setting: virtual reference committee hearings will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, followed by a virtual House of Delegates meeting on Sunday, Sept. 27. This decision was based on our overwhelming concern for the safety and well-being of our members, their patients, exhibitors, staff, and the families of all involved.

In the weeks preceding the meeting, we will open our virtual reference committee forums to give WSMA members an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the resolutions that will be considered by the House. Then, on Sept. 26, we will hold "live" virtual reference committee meetings via Zoom, an opportunity for members to provide verbal testimony to reference committee members. Then, on Sept. 27 via Zoom, the House will act on the reports of the reference committees, vote on the slate of candidates for the board of trustees, and conduct other business of the House.

Although we will miss the opportunity to see each other face to face in Spokane this fall, we look forward to delivering an efficient House of Delegates experience. Thank you for all that you do for the WSMA and, most importantly, for those we serve: our patients. You have my deepest appreciation. I look forward to seeing you virtually in September! Stay safe and be well.

Best regards,
Bill Hirota, MD
WSMA President

About the WSMA Annual Meeting

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WSMA will hold the 2020 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates virtually. On Sept. 26, we will hold reference committee hearings via Zoom, and on Sept. 27, the House will meet via Zoom to conduct the business of the House. The operations of the reference committee hearings and House of Delegate meetings will still follow the general structure as outlined below.

The Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates (or the WSMA Annual Meeting) is the WSMA's premiere policy-making event, when the approximately 200 voting members of the WSMA House of Delegates gather to debate and determine policy for the association, elect officers and network with colleagues. All are welcome to attend the WSMA Annual Meeting and take advantage of the educational offerings, network and learn more about the association.

All legislative power of the WSMA—including the power to alter, amend or repeal the bylaws—is vested in the House of Delegates. All business of the House is conducted according to parliamentary procedures as outlined in “The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure.” The speaker of the House serves as parliamentarian. The speaker of the House is Matthew Grierson, MD, of Seattle. The vice speaker of the House is Ray Hsiao, MD, of Seattle.

Policymaking at the meeting is primarily driven by resolutions. A resolution is a proposal asking the WSMA to take a position or act on an issue. Learn more about resolutions and how they help create and guide WSMA policy.

How the House of Delegates operates

The House convenes its opening session on Saturday morning of the WSMA Annual Meeting. At this time, guests are invited to speak to the delegates and all reports and resolutions are referred to reference committees. This is followed by meetings of the reference committees on Saturday.

The House holds a second session on Sunday morning. The reference committees present their reports for consideration by the House on Sunday.

Learn more about the House of Delegates.

Learn more about delegate duties .

Reference committees

The in-person reference committees scheduled at the WSMA Annual Meeting are the key to the deliberations of the House of Delegates. Members of the House and individual members of the WSMA are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings to discuss and debate reports and resolutions due to be considered by the House for action.

Each reference committee is made of three members of the House appointed by the speaker and vice speaker.

The chair of the reference committee has the prerogative to permit non-members of the WSMA to present testimony. Committee meetings are open to the press.

When offering testimony before the reference committee, or on the floor of the House, please identify yourself and the society or organization which you represent. It is helpful, unless raising a point of order or asking a question, if you indicate you are speaking in favor of, or in opposition to, the resolution or report under discussion.

Remember, the reference committee is the most appropriate place for you to express your opinions and those of your constituents. Discussion on the floor of the House on Sunday is generally in response to the recommendations made by the reference committee and is not intended as a replay of more extensive testimony given at the committee hearings.

Most reference committees complete their business in two to three hours on Saturday. The committee reports are published under the direction of the speaker and vice speaker and are available on the WSMA website by Saturday evening and in hard copy by 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Virtual reference committees and general discussion forum

The WSMA offers password-protected virtual reference committees for those members who aren't able to attend the in-person reference committees, or who wish to review and discuss resolutions prior to the WSMA Annual Meeting. The WSMA also offers a general discussion forum, also available year-round, for members to develop their policy ideas or start a discussion on any general topic.


WSMA Annual Meeting
September 25-27, 2020
Via Zoom

Friday, Sept. 25

6 p.m.
Board of Trustees meeting

Saturday, Sept. 26

8:30–10 a.m.
House of Delegates

  • Memorial list
  • Welcome message from outgoing WSMA President
  • Presentation of Apple Awards and William O. Robertson, MD, Patient Safety Award
  • AMA President Dr. Sue Bailey (invited)
  • WSMA year-in-review video
  • Inauguration of 2020-21 WSMA president
  • Late resolutions
  • Announcement of nominations
  • Overview of virtual reference committee process

Reference Committee B

Noon–1 p.m.
Lunch break

1–3 p.m.
Reference Committee C

Sunday, Sept. 27

7–8 a.m.
County society caucuses via Zoom

8 a.m.
House of Delegates

  • New president's speech
  • Reference Committee B
  • Reference Committee C
  • Elections

Corporate Partners

The WSMA wishes to thank the following corporate partners for their generous contributions. For more information on becoming a partner, review our corporate partners brochure or contact Jessica Martinson at 206.956.3628 or


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