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Continuing professional development to support our members on their lifelong learning journey.

Upcoming CPD Webinars

Continuing professional development is the process of lifelong learning in which physicians acquire, through formal and informal activities, the medical and non-medical competencies they need to improve their ability to practice medicine and provide effective patient care. Engaging in continuing professional development is a professional obligation and also a prerequisite for enhancing the quality of health care. The WSMA offers continuing professional development as part of our commitment to supporting physicians and physician assistants on their lifelong learning journey. Questions? Contact Brendan Cox at or 206.956.3625.

Health Equity M&M Webinar Series

Friday, June 16, 2023, noon-1 p.m.

The WSMA and WSMA Foundation invite you to join your colleagues for the next session of our popular Health Equity M&M Webinar Series. Think ‘morbidity and mortality,’ but with a focus on health equity. Free for WSMA members, this webinar series is held on the second Friday of even-numbered months at noon.

These Health Equity M&M discussions provide a framework for recognizing and examining our own biases and identifying the ways systemic racism exists in our organizations. You’ll have new tools to think critically and identify when to advocate for your patients from historically marginalized communities, ensuring they receive the highest quality clinical care. The Health Equity M&M discussions serve as one of many mechanisms to address forms of systemic marginalization of patients. During each webinar, Edwin Lindo, JD, facilitates case-based discussions.

Professor Lindo is the assistant dean of social and health justice in the Office of Healthcare Equity, an associate teaching professor in the department of family medicine, and an adjunct associate teaching professor in the department of bioethics and humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He teaches, presents, and writes on issues of race and racism within the field of medicine and greater society. He is internationally recognized as a conscious voice for racial and social justice.

This series fosters a space conducive to building a community of professionals focused on achieving health equity; allowing for discussions of charged but necessary topics. Each webinar is protected under WSMA's CQIP as recognized by the WA DOH and pursuant to RCW 70.225.040. By registering, you agree to maintain the confidentiality of the cases discussed pursuant to RCW 43.70.510, RCW 70.41.200, and RCW 4.24.250.

WSMA members are encouraged to submit a patient case to discuss at an upcoming session. Verbal submission of cases is the safest approach to preserving the confidentiality of the information. If you would like to speak with the webinar's facilitator directly, please email As an alternative, the WSMA has created an online case submission form for you to share information regarding a specific case. Rest assured that your case submission is CQIP and HIPAA compliant.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Register WSMA members only—sign-in required

Highly Functioning Interprofessional Teams

Friday, July 28, noon-1 p.m.

Challenges to health professional well-being and interprofessional team cohesiveness were amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. While there has been attention to individual health care professional well-being, little attention has been paid to the ways highly functioning interprofessional teams can support well-being, prevent burnout, and improve patient care. This session will offer actionable, evidence-informed strategies to cultivate strong, supportive, and sustainable interprofessional teams that enhance personal and professional well-being. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


  • Dawn DeWitt, MD, professor and senior associate dean, CIPHERS, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University
  • Skye McKennon, PharmD, associate professor, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University

This webinar is free for WSMA members. Not available to non-members of WSMA. $20 for health care professionals not eligible for WSMA membership (e.g., ARNPs).


Restoring Hope for Meaning in Medicine

Friday, Aug. 18, noon-1 p.m.

Physicians and physician assistants are emotionally and physically exhausted, and separated from the values that drew them into medicine and the meaning that kept them there. Is there hope for them reclaiming joy, meaning, and purpose in their lives? Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society’s program, Joy of Medicine, is a community approach to physician and PA well-being, helping them to reclaim the joy of practicing medicine through education, advocacy, programs, events, and services designed to nurture individual well-being and collegiality. This presentation will discuss the Joy of Medicine program and the intersection of systemic support and evidence-based habits that physicians and PAs can cultivate that provide hope for living well. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


  • John Chuck, MD, professor of family medicine and chief wellness officer, California Northstate University, Elk Grove, CA.
  • Lindsay Coate, vice president and strategic operations, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, Sacramento, CA.

This webinar is free for WSMA members. Not available to non-members of WSMA. $20 for health care professionals not eligible for WSMA membership (e.g., ARNPs).


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