How to Write a Resolution
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
Resolutions, which are key policy drivers for the association, are
considered for adoption at the Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates each fall.
Watch a 5-minute video for an overview of the WSMA House of Delegates and
how to draft, introduce, and successfully bring a resolution to fruition.
The second 7-minute video gives real-world examples of the impact of
resolutions in our state.
Check for existing policy
If you have an idea for a policy that you'd like the House of Delegates
to adopt, take a moment and consult the
WSMA Policy Compendium
to make sure the subject isn't already addressed in current WSMA
policy. Alternately, you may seek to modify existing WSMA policy. If
you'd like to advance a change in the governance and regulation of the
WSMA, download and review the
Check for health equity impact
Policies may disparately impact communities, particularly various disadvantaged or marginalized communities. Before submitting your policy proposal, use this equity evaluation tool to consistently assess the DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) impacts of potential new WSMA policy. The WSMA DEI Committee will be using the tool as they evaluation resolutions before the House and will add a health equity note as appropriate.
Discuss with other WSMA members
For help developing your proposal, check out our
general discussion forum, where you can post a topic for discussion with other members.
Tapping the expertise of your colleagues can help you hone your
proposal and increase its chances for adoption. The forum is
password-protected and available year-round.
Requirements for submitting your resolution
Once you've decided on a proposal, you must:
Organize your proposal into the required resolution format. For
details on how to format your proposal using the five basic elements
of a resolution, review our
Identify two sponsors for your resolution. Resolutions must be sponsored
by at least two members of the House of Delegates, which includes delegates, alternate delegates or members of the board of trustees, and must be submitted in writing by a member of the House. 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
find a sponsor. Contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.441.9762 for
Submit your resolution to the WSMA for review at
email@example.com. WSMA staff will
review the resolution for any legal or legislative concern and will
work with you to establish a fiscal note (the cost, if any, to
implement the resolution if adopted). Your resolution may be
submitted at any time during the year; however, if you'd like your
resolution to be considered at the yearly meeting of the WSMA House
of Delegates, be sure to meet the deadlines for resolution
submission. For deadlines, check the
or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Submission complete—what's next?
Once your resolution has been reviewed by WSMA staff, it will be posted
online in our
virtual reference committees
to give other WSMA members a chance to review and discuss the merits of
your proposal prior to the WSMA Annual Meeting. During the meeting,
in-person reference committees allow members an additional opportunity
to offer input on proposed policies.
Reference committee members will consider all testimony, online and in
person, as they prepare their reports that contain recommendations for
the House of Delegates on how to act on resolutions. These reports are
distributed during the final House of Delegates session at the WSMA
Annual Meeting prior to voting.
The WSMA Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates brings together the
approximately 200 voting members of the WSMA House of Delegates to
debate and determine policy for the association, elect officers, and
network with colleagues. Free for WSMA members, the meeting is not only
your chance to help set the agenda of your state medical association,
but it is also a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your
colleagues and peers from throughout the state.
If you have never attended a WSMA annual meeting,
learn more about the how, when, where and why of our premier