The Young Physician Section is composed of physician members of the WSMA who are either under 40 years of age or within the first ten years of professional practice after residency and fellowship training.

The purpose of the YPS is to introduce young physicians to the programs, benefits, services and policy-making structure of the WSMA and to help provide programs and services that will assist YPS members in their transition from training programs to full-time practice.



For news of interest to our young and early-career physicians, and for information on upcoming events, visit our YPS News and Comment page.

The work of the Young Physician Section is led by a governing council of dedicated, creative and energetic physicians who are committed to turning today’s young physicians into tomorrow’s health care leaders and ensuring Washington state remains the best place to practice medicine and receive care.

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

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 young and early-career physicians. For personal assistance, contact Tierney Edwards, JD at for more information or clarification on what the law requires of physicians.

Young physician 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 Young Physician Section has introduced a mentorship program to connect our young physicians with more experienced physicians within the WSMA. The program provides an opportunity for those physicians early in their career to further develop professionally by sharing ideas and experiences with established physicians. For those more seasoned physicians, their mentee can provide a window to the interests and emerging trends from the next generation of their peers.

Find out more about the WSMA Mentorship Program.

For a physician new to practice, 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.

The Young Physician Section connects young and early-career physicians to the policy-making structure of the WSMA, ensuring that their 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