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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.

Meeting preregistration ends on Wednesday! Walk-in registration available.

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 receive care.

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.

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. 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.

COVID-19 precautions

With the following COVID-19 precautions in place, we look forward to seeing you safely, in person.

  • Conference attendees and guests have attested that they are up to date on their vaccines.
  • Wearing a mask during indoor meetings is recommended. We will have masks available at the registration desk.
  • Refunds for lunch and/or dinner tickets will be offered if you get sick prior to the event and are unable to attend. Please call 206.441.9762 or email abby@wsma.org if you test positive or are symptomatic for COVID-19. We will also have a limited number of COVID-19 test kits available at the registration desk.

Delegate Handbook

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.

Board of Trustees Candidates

Make an informed vote by getting to know the candidates

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.

Agenda

FRIDAY, September 30

All Day
Spokane County Medical Society | Medicine 2022

Noon
Executive Committee Meeting

4:00 pm
WAMPAC Board Meeting

6:00 pm
Board Dinner

6:45 pm
Board Meeting

SATURDAY, October 1

7:30 am
Registration/Visit Exhibits

7:30 am
Reference Committee Orientation Breakfast

7:30 am
Welcome Breakfast for Early Career/New Attendees

8:30 am
HOUSE OF DELEGATES

9:30 am
Break with Exhibitors

10:00 am
Reference Committee B

10:00 am
Reference Committee C

12:30 pm
Foundation Luncheon

2:00 pm
Plenary Session: The Obstacle is the Path: Finding Meaning and Purpose in Troubling Times – Chris Bundy, MD, MPH *

3:00 pm
Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm
Plenary Session: Thinking Deeper – Necessary Components To Achieve Health Equity – Fernando De Maio, PhD and Edwin Lindo, JD *

4:30 pm
Presidential Inauguration

5:00 pm
WAMPAC Reception

6:00 pm
WAMPAC Dinner

SUNDAY, October 2

7:00 am
WSMA Past Presidents’ Breakfast

7:00 am
CMS Caucuses

8:00 am
HOUSE OF DELEGATES

 

* This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Presentations and Events

Plenary sessions

CME sessions for the soul

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 justice.

This activity been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

WSMA Foundation Luncheon

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 contributions!

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 abby@wsma.org or 206.441.9762.

WAMPAC Reception and Dinner

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 abby@wsma.org or 206.441.9762.

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 required.

SCMS presents Medicine 2022 CME

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™.

Virtual Reference Committees

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.

Virtual Reference Committee Testimony

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 considered official.

If you have questions or feedback about the virtual reference committees, please contact the WSMA at hod@wsma.org or 206.441.9762.

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 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.

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.

CME Credit

The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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 activity.

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 Exhibitors

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.

Meeting Exhibitors

The WSMA welcomes exhibitors back in-person. For more information about exhibiting, contact Jessica Martinson at 206.956.3628 or jessica@wsma.org or complete the exhibitor set-up form.


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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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