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WSMA Annual Meeting

The 2022 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates will be held in person Oct. 1-2 at The Historic Davenport in Spokane.

Important meeting deadlines

Aug. 12
Reports and resolutions due for inclusion in delegate handbook.

Aug. 30
Deadline to make room reservations at the Historic Davenport.

Sept. 1
Final deadline for reports and resolutions. Delegate handbook will be available for download.

Oct. 1-2
The 2022 WSMA Annual Meeting

How to serve as a WSMA delegate at the Annual Meeting

The House of Delegates is composed of WSMA members who represent, and are designated by, their respective county society or specialty society, as well as representatives of WSMA's special sections and board of trustees. If you would like to serve as a delegate at the 2022 WSMA Annual Meeting, please contact your local county society or state specialty society.

Delegate duties

Learn more about your responsibilities and the expectations of service as a delegate.

About the WSMA Annual Meeting

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.

About the House of Delegates

The WSMA is governed by a House of Delegates comprising elected delegates from each county medical society, qualified state specialty societies, and members of the WSMA board of trustees. There is one resident delegate, one student delegate, and one young physician delegate. Each county society has one delegate for every 50 active WSMA members.

Each medical specialty society is entitled to elect or appoint one delegate and one alternate, provided that such specialty society has as members at least 100 active members of the WSMA, or if the specialty society has fewer than 100 members, 50% of its members must belong to the WSMA.

Delegates are expected to be available for one year of service from the beginning of the House of Delegates meeting until the House of Delegates meeting the following year. Delegates shall be available to provide input and information and guidance to the WSMA’s board of trustees and executive committee as they administer and interpret policy set by the House of Delegates, and as they make policy decisions when the House of Delegates is not in session.

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.

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.

Disclaimer

Please note that the WSMA may have a photographer and/or videographer on-site at this event to gather imagery for use by the WSMA in its communications materials and channels, as well as for media outreach. These images will be the property of the WSMA, and the WSMA will not sell or otherwise market event imagery. If you have any questions regarding imagery taken at a WSMA event, please contact Milana McLead at 206.441.9762 or milana@wsma.org.

Corporate Partners and Meeting Sponsors

The WSMA wishes to thank the following corporate partners for their generous year-long contributions. For more information, visit our Corporate Partners page, review our corporate partners brochure or contact Jessica Martinson at 206.956.3628 or jessica@wsma.org.

Exclusive Premier Partner

Founded in 1981 under the auspices of the WSMA, Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company is the Northwest's leading medical professional liability insurance company, physician-owned and exclusively endorsed to this day by the WSMA. For over 30 years, Physicians Insurance has remained the stable, committed and local insurer for physicians, clinics, facilities and hospitals, providing risk-management consulting, continuing medical education and claims administration services to more than 7,000 members in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.

Promoters

The Polyclinic and The Everett Clinic are teaming up to deliver exceptional health care throughout the Pacific Northwest. Both organizations have strong physician leadership, deep roots in the local community, and the support and national strength of Optum. Together, we’re helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone.

The UW Psychiatry Consultation Line (PCL) is a FREE, 24/7 service for prescribing providers seeking advice about managing an adult patient’s mental health and/or substance use care including diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment and treatment planning. Free. Fast. On-demand. A UW Psychiatrist is a phone call away! Funded by Washington State.

Supporter

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures.

Meeting Sponsors

The WSMA wishes to thank the following meeting sponsors. For more information, contact Jessica Martinson at 206.956.3628 or jessica@wsma.org.

2021 WSMA Annual Meeting

More than 150 physician, resident, medical student, and physician assistant delegates, representing the full spectrum of organized medicine, met virtually this September for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates. There, the delegates determined policy, elected its leaders, and conducted the business of your state medical association.

Enjoy videos of key moments of the 2021 WSMA Annual Meeting below.

The final report on the actions of the 2021 House of Delegates will be posted on our House of Delegates page

Inaugural address from 2021-22 WSMA President Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD


Highlights from the 2021 Annual Meeting


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