All standing committee members and chairs shall, except for the American
Medical Association delegation and as otherwise provided in the WSMA
bylaws, be appointed by the WSMA president with the approval of the WSMA board of trustees. Each of the standing committees shall, at the annual
meeting of the association, report in writing to the House of Delegates
concerning its activities during the past year.
The executive committee carries out the mandates and policies of the WSMA
as determined by the board of trustees and the House of Delegates. The
executive committee supervises and directs the CEO and
has the power to exercise all powers of the board in the management of
WSMA’s affairs and business, except when the board is in session.
Officers of the executive committee include the president,
president-elect, immediate past president (who serves as its chair), vice
president, and secretary-treasurer.
The finance committee supervises the funds, investments, and expenditures
of the association, together with the board. The finance committee is
composed of five members, three of whom are elected by the House of
Delegates to serve a three-year term, plus the secretary-treasurer from
the executive committee. The finance committee annually designates one of
its three elected members to serve as chair, and the chair also serves as
a voting member of the board of trustees.
The nominating committee reviews applications to serve on the board of
trustees and nominates at least one candidate for each open position on
the board to be elected by the House of Delegates during the WSMA Annual
Meeting each fall. The nominating committee is composed of one member from
each of the state's congressional districts and is chaired by the
immediate past president of the WSMA (who does not represent a
congressional district). The president-elect serves as an advisory member.
Nominating committee members are appointed by the president and serve
The bylaws committee reviews and makes recommendations to the House of
Delegates on proposed amendments and other issues pertaining to WSMA
bylaws. The bylaws committee is composed of six members, all of whom are
appointed by the president with the approval of the board of trustees.
Committee members serve three-year terms.
The WSMA’s delegation to the American Medical Association represents the
interests and needs of Washington state physicians and their patients in
the creation of policies and programs at the AMA. The AMA delegation
comprises delegates and alternate delegates based on AMA membership.
Currently, the WSMA is allocated four of each. AMA delegates and alternate
delegates are elected by the House of Delegates for two-year terms.