The Organization

Our vision

The vision of the Washington State Medical Association is to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care.

Our mission

Provide strong physician leadership and advocacy to shape the future of medicine and advance quality care in Washington state. 

The WSMA value proposition for its members

Advocacy: Advancing key issues that impact physicians and patients in Washington state. 
Leadership: Delivering practical training and leadership development opportunities.
Collaboration: Creating opportunities for statewide peer-to-peer networking and sharing of best practices. 


The WSMA is governed by four policy documents: WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics, our bylaws, WSMA Judicial Council opinions and our policy compendium. If you have questions about WSMA's policy on a particular issue, please contact Jennifer Hanscom, WSMA's Executive Director/CEO.

WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics

The WSMA Principles of Medical Ethics are the current Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association.

WSMA Bylaws

Download the WSMA Bylaws, revised October 2017.

Opinion & Reports of the Judicial Council

Opinions of the WSMA Judicial Council reflect the association's position on a variety of medical ethical issues.

WSMA Policy Compendium

Download the WSMA Policy Compendium, updated October 2017.

Strategic plan

In 2017, the leadership of the WSMA reviewed the current health care economic and medical practice environment, and the programs and priorities of the association. Out of this review, recommended organizational priorities for the coming three-year period were drafted. A strategic plan for 2018-2020, based on these identified priorities, was approved by the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2017.

Review the WSMA's 2018-2020 strategic plan.

House of delegates

The WSMA House of Delegates meets once a year, typically in September or October. The Speaker of the House is Dr. Richard “Dick” Whitten, internist, Sammamish. The Vice Speaker of the House is Dr. Deborah Harper, pediatrician, Spokane. Find out more about the Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates on our WSMA Annual Meeting page, where you'll also find the annual report on the official actions of the House of Delegates.