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 issue.
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.
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 WSMA Bylaws for reference.
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 detailed instructions.
- Identify a sponsor for your resolution. 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 find a sponsor. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.441.9762 for assistance.
- 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 meeting webpage or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.441.9762.
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 premiere policy-making event.