How to Write a Resolution
Participating in the policy-making process is a powerful benefit of WSMA membership. To help guide the policy decisions of the association and/or raise awareness of issues of importance to the practice of medicine in our state, all members are welcome to author a "resolution," a key policy driver for the WSMA.
What is a resolution?
A resolution is a proposal asking the WSMA to take a position or act on an important issue. Before authoring a resolution, please research existing WSMA policy by reviewing the WSMA Policy Compendium. Current policy may already address the issue in question, negating the need for a resolution. Alternately, the author may wish to modify the resolution entirely or may seek to modify existing WSMA policy.
A resolution typically consists of a series of “Whereas clauses” which serve to explain the reason for the resolution, and one or more “Resolved clauses” which state the specific action proposed.
Whereas clauses should carry a message and develop a set of statements that requires a solution. Collect relevant facts to form the basis for the Whereas statements in the resolution. Include only a few of these facts as their purpose is to outline a problem, not to provide an exhaustive discussion. Statements of fact in Whereas clauses should be cited with references.
Resolved clauses should address what the WSMA should do or what position the WSMA should take on the identified topic. If adopted by the House, the resolution may become the foundation of a new WSMA program or policy. The Resolved clauses must make sense as standalone statements—if a resolution is adopted by the House, only the Resolved clauses become WSMA policy; the Whereas clauses do not.
How do I write a resolution?
A resolution should include five basic elements:
A title, concisely reflecting the action for which it calls
An author (see “Who can introduce a resolution” below)
Each Resolved clause in a resolution must be followed by one of the following notations indicating its purpose:
New HOD policy
Modify current HOD policy
Rescind HOD policy
Reaffirm HOD policy
Directive to take action
- A fiscal note. The fiscal note will be determined by WSMA staff in consultation with the resolution author.
You may also use this resolution template to assist you in preparing your resolution.
Do you or someone you know want to write a resolution? Watch this YouTube video, “How to Write a Good Resolution.”