The Washington State Medical Association unites our members to make a
difference. Whether that’s by improving the practice environment,
improving physicians’ professional status, or enhancing the care
physicians and their teams provide to patients and communities—it’s all in
a day’s work.
Our vision is to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine
and to receive care.
A robust and healthy professional and practice environment is necessary to
ensure that patients and communities have access to high-quality care when
they need it.
We achieve this through our mission of advancing strong physician
leadership and advocacy to shape the future of medicine and advance
quality care for all Washingtonians. Working together, we are building a
vibrant medical profession and a healthy population.
The WSMA is your WSMA. Here’s what we’ve done together in 2021.
WSMA’s advocacy focuses
on building a strong medical community and a healthy population. In
2021, with membership stronger than ever, our advocacy got results,
The WSMA advances initiatives that reflect our commitment to promoting
quality care and healthy populations across Washington. Here’s what
that looked like in 2021:
Led the region on advance care planning conversations, facilitating
nearly 26,000 conversations across 56 health care organizations and 48
Promoted safe prescribing guidelines for patients on acute opioids,
achieving a 20% reduction in overall acute prescriptions above
guidelines and a 23% reduction in pediatric acute prescriptions above
Strengthened physician wellness and restored the joy of medicine by
researching the effectiveness of wellness practice transformations.
The interventions resulted in up to 16 less hours spent per month per
physician on indirect patient care and administrative tasks.
The WSMA is training the next generation of physician leaders and
helping practicing physicians develop the skills they need to thrive
professionally. In 2021, our education efforts are reaching more
physicians than ever:
The WSMA is a trusted, respected, and effective voice for physicians,
their patients, and the communities they care for. That’s never been
so true as it has been in 2021: