The 2022 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates will be held in
person Oct. 1-2 at The Historic Davenport in Spokane.
Preregistration for the 2022 Annual Meeting ends at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. Walk-in registration will be available at the meeting site.
Join your colleagues from across the state for the WSMA’s premier
policymaking event, when the approximately 175 voting members of the WSMA
House of Delegates gather to determine policy for the association, elect
officers, and network.
The Annual Meeting isn’t just for delegates—all are welcome to attend the
event. Come and take advantage of the educational offerings, social
events, and networking opportunities. It’s a great way to gain insight
into how policy is made at the association and witness firsthand how the
dedicated, passionate physicians and physician assistants of the WSMA are
working to make Washington state the best place to practice medicine and
Meeting details below. Tickets for the WSMA Foundation luncheon and WAMPAC dinner are sold
separately and can be purchased when registering for 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. Visit our House of Delegates page to learn more about the responsibilities of service as a delegate and how to volunteer to serve as a delegate at the 2022 WSMA Annual Meeting.
With the following COVID-19 precautions in place, we look forward to seeing you safely, in person.
Download the 2022 Delegate Handbook (Revised on Sept. 28 with updated agendas and reference committee members.)
Navigation Note: The file has bookmarks and links for each of
the agenda items, including reports and resolutions. Once you have
downloaded and saved the document, it should open with the bookmarks
showing on the left side for easy navigation. If for some reason you
don’t see the bookmarks, select View, Navigation Panels, and Bookmarks
to show the links. You’ll note that you can drill down to individual
bookmarks on some items like the WSMA Bylaws and Policy Compendium.
Again, you will want to be sure you are viewing it in Acrobat
Reader and not online in order for the bookmarks to work.
There is a lot of material here and the bookmarks and links should
make it more manageable to navigate.
Disclaimer: Reports and Resolutions included in the Delegate
Handbook are items to be considered by the House of Delegates. No
action has been taken on any of these items. Resolutions are submitted
by WSMA delegates/delegations, the WSMA Board of Trustees, and WSMA
sections and are informational only until they have been acted upon by
the House. The statements and opinions expressed in resolutions are
those of the authors and the WSMA makes no representations of any kind
about the accuracy of information contained therein. Only those items
that have been acted upon by the House can be considered official.
Before voting on Oct. 2, members of the House of Delegates
should take time to get to know the candidates. The Nominating
Committee’s report is included in the Delegate Handbook as Board of
Trustees Report E (Reference Committee B). Members of the House of
Delegates can view
candidates’ background materials online here. Candidates for contested positions were invited to submit candidate
videos (up to 5 minutes in length for Secretary-Treasurer candidates
and up to 2 minutes in length for AMA Alternate Delegate and Trustee
at Large candidates). Clicking on Candidate Information for those
positions will bring up candidates’ materials including videos if they
chose to submit one.
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Executive Committee Meeting
WAMPAC Board Meeting
Reference Committee Orientation Breakfast
Welcome Breakfast for Early Career/New Attendees
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
Break with Exhibitors
Reference Committee B
Reference Committee C
Plenary Session: The Obstacle is the Path: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Troubling Times – Chris Bundy, MD, MPH *
Break with Exhibitors
Plenary Session: Thinking Deeper – Necessary Components To Achieve Health Equity – Fernando De Maio, PhD and Edwin Lindo, JD *
WSMA Past Presidents’ Breakfast
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
* This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Our two plenary sessions on Saturday afternoon promise to go beneath
the surface into charted and uncharted waters. Join us as we aim to
find what truly inspires us as physicians, what moves us, and what
keeps us connected to our selves and our work.
Chris Bundy, MD, MPH will present The Obstacle is the Path: Finding
Meaning and Purpose in Troubling Times, where he will explore the core
existential concerns as defined in contemporary philosophical and
psychological discourse, discuss the existential concerns that emerged
during the pandemic, and identify tools and strategies that physicians
can use to promote meaning and purpose in the face of adversity. Dr.
Bundy is the executive medical director of the Washington Physicians
Health Program, past president of the Federation of State Physician
Health Programs, and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the
University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington State
University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
Next, you are invited to enjoy a conversation between two nationally
recognized scholars and practitioners in health equity at Thinking Deeper – Necessary Components To Achieve Health Equity. This is an
opportunity to observe the rigorous intellectual exploration of health
equity, as Fernando De Maio, PhD, and Edwin Lindo, JD, speak about a
few of the most challenging elements of this work.
Fernando De Maio, PhD, is vice president of health equity research and
data use at the American Medical Association’s Center for Health
Equity, and a professor of sociology at DePaul University. His
research and teaching interests lie primarily within medical sociology
and social epidemiology, with a focus on the concept of structural
violence. His work has been guided by the notion of “radical
statistics,” the idea that statistical analysis can be used to not
just describe the world, but to change it.
Edwin Lindo, JD, is the assistant dean of social and health justice at
the UW Medicine Office of Healthcare Equity, an associate teaching
professor in the department of family medicine, and an adjunct
associate teaching professor in the department of bioethics and
humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He
teaches, presents, and writes on issues of race and racism within the
field of medicine and greater society. He is
internationally recognized as a conscious voice for racial and social
This activity been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
As physicians and physician assistants, you play a key role in
building a future where culturally sensitive care and a physician
population that reflects the patients it serves is our reality. Join
us at the WSMA Foundation’s fundraising luncheon (Saturday, Oct. 1,
12:30 p.m.) to learn about an exciting new opportunity for you to roll
up your sleeves and begin that work. You’ll hear about the
Foundation’s newly established Scholarship and Diversity Advancement
Fund, an endowment whose goal is to build a more diverse physician
population in Washington state by supporting students who are
underrepresented in medicine. The fund aims to cover full in-state
tuition for four years of medical school for each scholarship
recipient. The success of this effort depends on your generous
Tickets to the Foundation Luncheon are $20 (free for Foundation
Diamond Club members) and can be purchased when registering for the
Annual Meeting. For assistance, please contact Abby Vincent at
At this year’s WAMPAC Dinner (Saturday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.), the WSMA will
honor retiring Rep. Eileen Cody with a lifetime achievement award for
her extensive and singular work on health care policy. Rep. Cody will
be in attendance—come help us celebrate her contributions to health
care, which include service in the state House of Representatives
since 1994 and close collaboration with the WSMA in her two-decade
tenure as chair of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. You
can plan to support WAMPAC’s nonpartisan political advocacy by
participating in the raffle for WAMPAC contributors, which will
feature a fantastic array of prizes.
Tickets to the WAMPAC Dinner are $25 (free for WAMPAC Diamond Club
members) and can be purchased when registering for the Annual Meeting.
For assistance, please contact Abby Vincent at
All meeting attendees are also invited to join us—and Rep. Cody—for
socializing and beverages at the WAMPAC Reception at 5 p.m., no ticket
On Friday, Sept. 30, the Spokane County Medical Society will present
Medicine 2022 CME, also at The Historic Davenport. Come a day early to
attend this robust, multi-subject program that aims to improve the
quality of care for primary care physicians and their patients.
Separate registration is required. Visit the
Spokane County Medical Society website
for more information. This activity has been approved for
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
The WSMA's virtual reference committees give members an opportunity to
review and provide online feedback on official proposed WSMA policy.
The virtual reference committees are now closed. Comments left on the virtual committees have been
compiled and are available at the links below. Reference committee
members consider all testimony – in person and virtual – when drafting
their reports for House of Delegates action.
Reference Committee B
Reference Committee C
Disclaimer: Comments posted in the WSMA Virtual Reference Committees
are the opinions of the authors and WSMA makes no representations of
any kind about the accuracy of information contained therein. Only
items that have been acted upon by the House of Delegates can be
If you have questions or feedback about the virtual reference
committees, please contact the WSMA at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.441.9762.
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 175 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.
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
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
Learn more about resolutions and how they help create and guide WSMA
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
The House holds a second session on Sunday morning. The reference
committees present their reports for consideration by the House on
Learn more about the House of Delegates.
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
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
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.
The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing
Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for
The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the
credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the
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 email@example.com.
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
The WSMA welcomes exhibitors back in-person. For more information
about exhibiting, contact Jessica Martinson at 206.956.3628 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or complete the
exhibitor set-up form.
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
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.