Published 8/23/2016 

Registration begins for 2016 WSMA Annual Meeting

Register today for the WSMA 2016 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates, Oct. 1-2 in Seattle, a terrific opportunity to spend some quality time with your colleagues and set the future direction of your state medical association. The meeting is free for all WSMA members.

This year’s meeting will feature keynote presenter Kevin Pho, MD, a practicing internist and founder of KevinMD.com, the popular health care-focused website. Dr. Pho will share his experience in the world of social media and talk about how these new media can be utilized to make a difference in health care.

The meeting will also feature two returning events, both popular with our members: the Young Physician Section reception and the WAMPAC luncheon. Attendees of this year’s YPS reception will have a chance to ask questions of young legislative leaders from the Washington State House of Representatives, Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) and Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup). At the WAMPAC luncheon, leaders from the Senate’s two caucuses, Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville) and Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-Maury Island), will be on hand to share their thoughts on the 2016 elections.

The annual meeting is where the WSMA sets policy for the upcoming year and elects officers. All members are invited to the presidential banquet honoring our incoming president, Shane Macaulay, MD, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. At the banquet, in addition to inaugurating Dr. Macaulay, the WSMA will present its Legislator of the Year award and honor our new 50-Year Club members.

In advance of the meeting, members are welcome to author a "resolution," the key policy driver for the WSMA. Resolutions help guide the association’s policy decisions and can help to raise awareness of issues of importance to the practice of medicine in our state. Learn more about how to write and propose a resolution to be considered by WSMA delegates at the meeting. The deadline to submit a resolution for inclusion in the delegate handbook is Aug. 5, so don’t delay.

For a full agenda and to register for the meeting, visit the WSMA website.

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Published 07/13/2016

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Published 8/23/2016 

Changing medicine for the better: WSMA member input and expertise needed

WSMA members have the power to affect real change in the practice of medicine in Washington by participating in the association’s policy-making process. Each year, your colleagues put forth a wide range of proposed resolutions, each with the intent of guiding the association’s advocacy efforts and policy positions, and each year members of the WSMA’s House of Delegates are tasked with determining if these proposals will assist the WSMA in its efforts toward making Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care.

The WSMA has received a number of resolutions in anticipation of the WSMA Annual Meeting, Oct. 1-2 in Seattle, and we have posted them on the WSMA website, on our 'virtual' reference committees. We highly encourage all WSMA members to visit the website and provide feedback on the policies your colleagues are proposing. WSMA delegates depend upon the input and expertise of their physician peers as they endeavor to shape strong policy for the association.

At the time of this writing, fourteen resolutions are available for your review and feedback, and more will be added as they arrive. Current resolutions include:

WSMA members interested in shaping association policy still have time to submit a resolution. For information on how to do so, please visit the WSMA website or talk to your local county medical or state specialty society. WSMA staff can also help you develop your resolution idea. If you have questions or need assistance, email us at hod@wsma.org or call 206.441.9762. The final deadline for submitting resolutions is Sept. 1.

Now is the time to register for the 2016 WSMA Annual Meeting, Oct. 1 & 2 at the SeaTac Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. The meeting is free for WSMA and MGMA Washington members. Find more information and register for the meeting on the WSMA website. Book your room reservations at the Hilton by Sept. 9 to get the special WSMA room rate of $139.

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Published 08/10/2016

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Published 9/14/2016 

Join the WSMA Resident and Fellow Section

The WSMA invites you to join the Resident and Fellow Section. The voices of physicians-in-training are vitally important to the future of health care in our state—and to the strategic direction of your state medical association.

Please join us at a meeting of the WSMA Resident and Fellow Section on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. as part of the WSMA 2016 Annual Meeting at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. The section will meet with members of its newly appointed governing council and begin a discussion of its 2016-17 strategic plan.

Stick around after the meeting for a free reception co-hosted by the Resident and Fellow Section and the Young Physician Section featuring young leaders from the Washington State House of Representatives, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Grab a drink and ask a question of WSMA’s 2016 Legislator of the Year Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane) and Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R-Puyallup), sponsor of WSMA priority legislation establishing a maternal mortality review committee.

While you are not required to attend the WSMA 2016 Annual Meeting to join the Resident and Fellow Section meeting and reception, you are encouraged to register and join your colleagues for the entire weekend of events. Registration for the annual meeting is free for WSMA members. Not yet a member? Membership in the WSMA is free for residents, fellows and physicians in their first year of practice—join now!

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