The Washington State Medical Association recognizes the challenges and opportunities residents and fellows face as you manage today’s career demands and prepare for tomorrow’s transition to full-time practice.

The WSMA's Resident & Fellow Section was created to help you grow as physicians and navigate the changing landscape of health care with tools, networking opportunities and professional development resources.

Are you a residency director? The WSMA offers free educational presentations tailored specifically to residents on a range of topics from health care delivery and financing to using social media. We will come to your location to meet with your residents on an agreed upon date and time, at no expense to you or your program. Please visit our WSMA DocTalks Web page for more information and to schedule your presentation.

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News and comment

For news of interest to our resident and fellow members, and for information on upcoming events, visit our RFS News and Comment page.



Governing council

The work of the Resident and Fellow Section is led by a governing council of physicians who are dedicated to turning today's young physicians into tomorrow's health care leaders and ensuring Washington state remains the best place to practice medicine and to receive care.

Learn more about the physicians who make up the Governing Council.



Legal guidance

You help your patients, we help you understand the law and regulations affecting your practice.

Below you’ll find a selection of our legal resources that may be of particular interest to residents and fellows. For personal assistance, contact Tierney Edwards, JD at tee@wsma.org for more information or clarification on what the law requires of physicians.



Leadership development

The WSMA is committed to your professional development, particularly enhancing and building your leadership skills, at every stage of your career.

The following leadership development resources and opportunities are available through the WSMA. For more leadership development opportunities, visit our Center for Leadership, found under Education and Events.



The business side of medicine

The business side of medicine can be daunting. WSMA’s education program, Physicians Business Skills, seeks to give new physicians a better understanding of the health care marketplace, focusing on internal finances, financial relationships with external partners and general compliance issues. The full program, consisting of seven webinars, is available for viewing on demand individually or together.

Find out more about WSMA Physicians Business Skills.



Other resources

New England Journal of Medicine's Resident 360 online tool

An online destination for residents featuring free access to the Learning Lab, Resident Lounge, discussion forums and a career guidance page. NEJM subscribers can access Rotation Prep, featuring overviews of skills residents will need for rotations, including oncology, neurology, critical care and mental health.



About WSMA

The Resident and Fellow Section connects you to the policy-making structure of the WSMA, ensuring that your perspective is heard and honored as we work together to influence health care policy.

Members are encouraged to become more involved in the work of the association. Let us know if you are interested in serving on a committee, participating in a leadership role, or sharing your passion and expertise with your peers. Contact member services at (206) 441-9762, (800) 552-0612 or membership@wsma.org.



DocTalks for residents

Are you a residency director? The WSMA has put together a menu of free educational “talks” tailored specifically to residents by our staff of content experts. We will come to your location to meet with your residents on an agreed upon date and time, at no expense to you or your program. Each session is approximately an hour in duration and covers a range of topics from health care delivery and financing to using social media. Please visit our WSMA DocTalks webpage for more information and to schedule your presentation.