2017 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates

The 2017 WSMA Annual Meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. A slate of pre-meeting activities are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 13. 

For a look at actions taken by the WSMA House of Delegates in 2016, download the Official Actions of the 2016 House of Delegates. For previous years' official actions, contact the WSMA Seattle office at wsma@wsma.org or 206.441.9762.

Learn more about the meeting:

Reference Committee reports
WSMA Delegate Handbook
Meeting agenda
Keynote presentation
What is the WSMA Annual Meeting?
Dates to remember for the 2017 WSMA Annual Meeting
How do I propose policy for discussion at the meeting?
WSMA Virtual Reference Committees and general discussion forum
What are the duties of a WSMA delegate?
Our corporate partners

Reference Committee reports

Download the reports of the Reference Committees:

The Report of Reference Committee B
The Report of Reference Committee C

WSMA Delegate Handbook

Download the delegate handbook for the 2017 WSMA Annual Meeting. The handbook contains the reports and resolutions for consideration at the annual meeting as well as other meeting information. Approximately 200 voting delegates deliberate these resolutions and elect trustees and officers during the weekend meeting in October.

All WSMA members are welcome to provide testimony on the resolutions contained in the handbook, both in-person at the meeting and prior to the meeting by using our 'virtual' reference committees. If adopted at the meeting, these resolutions help guide WSMA's advocacy work on behalf of physicians and patients as well as raise awareness of issues of importance to the practice of medicine in our state. Online testimony will be submitted to the speaker and vice speaker of the house and reference committee members for consideration when drafting their reports to the House of Delegates.

Meeting agenda

Pre-House of Delegates events
Friday, Oct. 13

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Assessment, Treatment and Management of Suicide (this training meets MQAC requirement and is free for members and PI insureds.
2-5 p.m.
County medical society leadership meeting
4-6 p.m.
WAMPAC Board of Directors meeting
6 p.m.
WSMA Board of Trustees dinner
7 p.m.
WSMA Board of Trustees meeting

WSMA House of Delegates Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 14

6:30 a.m.
AMA Delegation meeting
7:30 a.m.
Registration opens
Breakfast with exhibitors
Reference committee orientation breakfast
Welcome breakfast for new attendees and early career physicians
8 a.m.
Credentialing opens
8:30 a.m.
Opening session of the WSMA House of Delegates
Awards and presentations
9:30 a.m.
Break with exhibitors
10 a.m.
Reference committee meetings
12:30 p.m.
WAMPAC luncheon (tickets $40; free for WAMPAC Diamond Club members) Keynote — Attorney General Bob Ferguson
2 p.m.
House reconvenes
Keynote: The Crossroads of Healthcare Value and Human Value — Lucy Kalanithi, MD
3 p.m.
Break with exhibitors and book signing with Dr. Kalanithi
3:15 p.m.
An Orthopedic Surgeon's Tale of Practicing in Two Countries: Exploring the Differences Between U.S. and Canadian Health Care — Jeff Nacht, MD
4 p.m.
Short presentations (co-sponsored by the Washington State Radiological Society)
Burnout: Practical SolutionsClaudia Finkelstein, MD
Mining Operational and Quality Data for Your Radiological PracticeMartin Gunn, MD
Why Patients No Show for Their Radiology Appointment and What Can We Do About ItJosh Rosenbaum, MD
4:30 p.m.
Senior/retired physicians meeting
WSMA Young Physician Section/Resident and Fellow Section/ Medical Student Section governing council meetings
5 p.m.
WSMA Young Physician Section/Resident and Fellow Section/Medical Student Section annual meetings
5:30 p.m.
Reception for all meeting attendees
6:30 p.m.
Presidential banquet and inaugural dinner (tickets $50)
Sunday, Oct. 15
6:30 a.m.
Reference committee reports available at registration
7 a.m.
WSMA past presidents' breakfast
County medical society caucus meetings
7:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast
8 a.m.
House convenes

Keynote presentation

A discussion with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi

The WSMA is pleased to present a moderated discussion with Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, who authored the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir “When Breath Becomes Air.”

An internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Lucy Kalanithi developed a personal interest in end-of-life care after accompanying her 36-year-old husband on his journey through terminal illness diagnosis, treatment and eventual death. Paul Kalanithi would explore his experience as a physician facing a terminal illness in a breakthrough memoir that his wife would see through to publication—and national success—after his death.

Dr. Kalanithi, who also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health care value and health care delivery innovation, will offer her perspective as both physician and family caregiver during a discussion of the true value of health care. She’ll touch on questions such as: Are we getting what we are hoping for—and paying for—from our health care system? And, how can we help each other to live and die well?


Pre-meeting (Friday): Suicide prevention training free for members and PI insureds

Suicide claims over a thousand lives a year in our state, yet most medical providers have little to no training in recognizing and responding to patients at risk.

To help clinicians manage this vulnerable population, the WSMA and Physicians Insurance are offering this training at no cost to WSMA and WSRS members and PI insureds. Completion of this activity will meet the Washington state requirement for six hours of suicide prevention training.

Assessment, Treatment and Management of Suicide will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Register for this free event when registering for the WSMA Annual Meeting. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Welcome breakfast for first-time attendees and early career physicians

If this is your first time at a WSMA Annual Meeting, or if you’re an early career physician (students, residents/fellows, or physicians in the first 10 years of practice), please join us at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, for a welcome breakfast, sponsored by the WSMA’s Early Career Sections and AMA Delegation. For those new to the House of Delegates, you'll hear about the House's policy development process, including how business is introduced, the role of the reference committees and the order of business at a typical House meeting. You will also have time to ask questions of seasoned delegates. Advance registration required (no charge for members).

CME offerings with Physicians Insurance and WSRS

This year, the WSMA has joined with the Washington State Radiological Society to offer a variety of educational programs at the annual meeting.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, WSRS will hold its annual conference, concurrent with the WSMA Annual Meeting. In the Crystal Ballroom during the morning and in the Emerald Ballroom in the afternoon, presentations on a wide range of topics of interest will be offered, available to both WSRS and WSMA members. For a schedule of the presentations, click here (an online syllabus will be available at the meeting). If you would like to receive CME credit for any of these programs, please be sure to sign in at the registration desk each day that you attend. More information will be available at the conference about how to claim your credit. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Presidential banquet and inauguration

Please join us for a dinner honoring incoming WSMA president, Dr. Donna Smith, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased when registering for the WSMA Annual Meeting. In addition to inaugurating Dr. Smith, the WSMA will present its Legislator of the Year award and announce new inductees into the WSMA 50-Year Club.

WAMPAC luncheon featuring keynote by Attorney General Bob Ferguson 

The WAMPAC Luncheon aims to highlight the intersection of politics and health policy. There may be no one in the state better positioned to speak to both elements than this year's special guest, Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

As Attorney General, Ferguson has helped lead recent efforts to address the opioid epidemic, curb distracted driving and regulate e-cigarettes. He's also made a national name for himself by challenging the immigration ban proposed by President Donald Trump. Not coincidentally, he was recently named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and is thought to be a leading future gubernatorial candidate.

Tickets to the WAMPAC luncheon cost $40 and can be purchased when registering for the WSMA Annual Meeting. For members of the WAMPAC Diamond Club, attendance is free—and you’ll be eligible to win great raffle prizes. Not a member of the Diamond Club? Learn more about it and join at wsma.org/wampac.

Book signing with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi

Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP, is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. Following our moderated discussion with Dr. Kalanithi on Saturday, Oct. 14, she’ll be available to sign copies of her late husband’s book. Bring your own copy or purchase a copy at the meeting.

Early career section meetings

Young physicians (those under 40 or within the first 10 years of professional practice), residents, fellows and medical students at the meeting are encouraged to join their respective sections at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 for the inauguration of new leadership and strategic planning.

Meeting for retired and senior physicians

All senior and retired physician members are invited to an informal discussion on issues of importance to them at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Attendee reception

All attendees of the WSMA Annual Meeting are invited to socialize while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar at a reception, Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Important dates

Aug. 18
Deadline for reports and resolutions to be received at the WSMA Seattle office for publication in the Delegate Handbook. Email resolutions to hod@wsma.org.

Sept. 1
Delegate Handbook will be available for download from this page. Members of the House of Delegates may order handbooks on flashdrive by emailing hod@wsma.org.

Sept. 14
Final deadline for receipt of resolutions at the WSMA Seattle office. Resolutions received after this date must have consent of two-thirds of the House at the opening session in order to be considered.

Oct. 13
Pre-House of Delegates meeting activities, including free, MQAC-approved suicide prevention training.

Oct. 14-15
2017 WSMA Annual Meeting


Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188
Reservations: 1.800.HILTONS
Book a room online

Corporate partners

The WSMA wishes to thank the following corporate partners for their generous contributions.


PI logo   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.


Premera logo    Premera Blue Cross’ mission is to provide peace of mind to our members about their healthcare. We provide health insurance and related services to 1.9 million people in Washington and Alaska. Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1933 and Alaska since 1952 and is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
FCH logo   First Choice Health is a Seattle-based, physician and hospital owned company that serves the Northwestern United States. We have provided network, administrative and client services since 1985. Just under one million people use our array of products and services in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and select areas of North Dakota and South Dakota. 

  Hall Render is the largest health care-focused law firm in the country, with over 40 years of experience in health law business and 200 attorneys serving health care clients. 
Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available on the 3rd level of the conference center, above the parking garage.
Oct. 13-15, 2017
No charge for WSMA/WSRS/MGMA-WA members

No charge for residents and medical students

$300 for non-WSMA/WSRS member physicians

$50 for non-WSMA member physician assistants

Make your reservations online or call the Hilton directly at 1.800.HILTONS.
Registration option
Download a registration form if you prefer to send us a paper copy.
Contact WSMA at 206.441.9762 or 800.552.0612 or abby@wsma.org.