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Continuing professional development to support our members on their lifelong learning journey.

Upcoming Webinars

Continuing professional development is the process of lifelong learning in which physicians acquire, through formal and informal activities, the medical and non-medical competencies they need to improve their ability to practice medicine and provide effective patient care. Engaging in continuing professional development is a professional obligation and also a prerequisite for enhancing the quality of health care. The WSMA introduced its Continuing Professional Development webinar series as part of our commitment to supporting physicians and physician assistants on their lifelong learning journey. Questions? Contact Jessica Martinson at or 206.956.3628 or Brendan Cox at or 206.956.3625.

The Sure NET Program – Outpatient Safety Risk: Diagnosis Detection and Follow up, Care Coordination, and Medication Safety

Thursday, April 29, 2021 from noon–1 p.m.

The Washington Patient Safety Coalition, Washington State Hospital Association, and Washington State Medical Association are co-sponsoring a diagnostic excellence webinar series on the content, development and rollout of an educational program developed by Kaiser Permanente for providers: Getting the Right Diagnosis at the Right Time. The program promotes awareness on the factors that lead to diagnostic errors and how to achieve diagnostic excellence. Using research-based content, consultation with internal subject matter experts, leaders and patient advisors for content KP produced an educational video that yielded high acceptance and thoughtful reflections of clinical practice.

The Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership along with the Medical Officer Collaborative have both underscored the priority of diagnostic excellence as a quality measure and one of the top 5 quality measures for focus. The effects of diagnostic errors are currently estimated to affect upwards of 12 million Americans each year, causing more harm to patients than all other hospital errors combined. These errors also have a marked impact on health care providers; the emotional effects of diagnostic error can be long-lasting and harmful. Patients identify the ramifications of diagnostic errors as emotional distress, prolonged illness and medical complications, impairment in activities of daily living, and decreased confidence in the health care system. Given the prevalence and impacts of diagnostic errors, health care leaders must address them as part of their quality improvement and patient safety programs.

Guest speaker: Tracy Imley, MD, Director of Complete Care at Kaiser Permanente, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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


COVID-19 Q&A Session

Friday April 30 from noon–1 p.m.

With a focus on what front-line physicians need to know about the virus, the WSMA brings together Washington state's public health leaders and leading experts for free sessions that offer the latest information on COVID-19 that directly impacts you, your practice, and your patients. This members-only webinar addresses the evolution of the disease, management of COVID-19 patients, vaccines, and our state's response to the pandemic.

An expert panel of physicians and public health professionals will be on hand to answer your questions about COVID-19 testing, treatment options, long-term follow-up, and vaccines. 

  • Jason Goldman, MD, MPH, infectious disease and organ transplant, Swedish Medical Center
  • Scott Lindquist, MD MPH, state epidemiologist for communicable diseases, Washington State Department of Health
  • Francis Riedo, MD, medical director of infection control, EvergreenHealth
  • Michele Roberts, MPH, MCHES, Acting Assistant Secretary, Prevention and Community Health Division, Washington State Department of Health
  • Yuan-Po Tu, MD, medical director. Anticoagulation clinic, Epic provider efficiency, and flu services, The Everett Clinic

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

Register WSMA members only—sign-in required

AMA Emerging Topics: Professional Satisfaction & Practice Sustainability Webinar Series

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The AMA's Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability webinar series focuses on physician well-being, practice redesign, and implementing telehealth during COVID-19. Programming explores resources and solutions to help alleviate stress on health care systems, teams, and staff during the pandemic and guide systems through telehealth integration.

Please note: The AMA is not offering continuing medical education credits for participation in these webinars at this time.

Apr. 20, 2021
9–10 a.m.
Fostering Physician Humanism and Connection with Patients
Donna Zulman, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Division of Primary Care and Population Health, Stanford University School of Medicine and Associate Director, Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Apr. 21, 2021
10–11 a.m.
Taming the EHR
Marie Brown, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College and Director of Practice Redesign, American Medical Association

Apr. 28, 2021
10–11 a.m.
Stress First Aid for Health Care Professionals
Patricia J. Watson, MD, Clinical Psychologist, National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Richard Westphal, PhD, RN, FAAN, Director, Alliance for Compassionate Care, School of Nursing, Co-Director, Be Wise: Wisdom and Wellbeing, UVA Health


* CME Credit Statement for each CPD Webinar Session

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 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

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