The 2023 Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates will be held in
person Sept. 23-24, 2023 at the Westin Bellevue. Visit the
House of Delegates page for the report on the official actions of the 2022 WSMA House of
A big thank you to the WSMA members and delegates who attended the 2022
Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates. Watch our brief thank you
video for a peek inside the meeting.
The Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates (or the WSMA Annual
Meeting) is the WSMA's premiere policy-making event, when the
approximately 175 voting members of the WSMA House of Delegates gather
to debate and determine policy for the association, elect officers and
network with colleagues. All are welcome to attend the WSMA Annual
Meeting and take advantage of the educational offerings, network and
learn more about the association.
The WSMA is governed by a House of Delegates comprising elected
delegates from each county medical society, qualified state specialty
societies, and members of the WSMA board of trustees. There is one
resident delegate, one student delegate, and one young physician
delegate. Each county society has one delegate for every 50 active
Each medical specialty society is entitled to elect or appoint one
delegate and one alternate, provided that such specialty society has
as members at least 100 active members of the WSMA, or if the
specialty society has fewer than 100 members, 50% of its members must
belong to the WSMA.
Delegates are expected to be available for one year of service from
the beginning of the House of Delegates meeting until the House of
Delegates meeting the following year. Delegates shall be available to
provide input and information and guidance to the WSMA’s board of
trustees and executive committee as they administer and interpret
policy set by the House of Delegates, and as they make policy
decisions when the House of Delegates is not in session.
All legislative power of the WSMA—including the power to alter,
amend or repeal the bylaws—is vested in the House of Delegates.
All business of the House is conducted according to parliamentary
procedures as outlined in "The Standard Code of Parliamentary
Procedure." The speaker of the House serves as parliamentarian. The
speaker of the House is Matthew Grierson, MD, of Seattle. The vice
speaker of the House is Ray Hsiao, MD, of Seattle.
Policymaking at the meeting is primarily driven by resolutions. A
resolution is a proposal asking the WSMA to take a position or act on
Learn more about resolutions and how they help create and guide WSMA
The House convenes its opening session on Saturday morning of the WSMA
Annual Meeting. At this time, guests are invited to speak to the
delegates and all reports and resolutions are referred to reference
committees. This is followed by meetings of the reference committees
The House holds a second session on Sunday morning. The reference
committees present their reports for consideration by the House on
Learn more about the House of Delegates.
Information on the reference committees can be found in the expandable section above.
Please note that the WSMA may have a photographer and/or videographer on-site at this event to gather imagery for use by the WSMA in
its communications materials and channels, as well as for media outreach. These images will be the property of the WSMA, and the WSMA
will not sell or otherwise market event imagery. If you have any questions regarding imagery taken at a WSMA event, please contact
Milana McLead at 206.441.9762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WSMA wishes to thank the following corporate partners for their
generous year-long contributions. For more information, visit our
Corporate Partners page, review our
corporate partners brochure
or contact Jessica Martinson at 206.956.3628 or
The WSMA welcomes exhibitors back in-person. For more information
about exhibiting, contact Jessica Martinson at 206.956.3628 or email@example.com
or complete the
exhibitor set-up form.