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WSMA Annual Meeting

Register now for the 2024 meeting, Sept. 28-29 at The Historic Davenport in Spokane.

The Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates (or the WSMA Annual Meeting) is the WSMA's premier policymaking 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.

For policies adopted at the 2023 WSMA Annual Meeting, download the Official Actions of the 2023 WSMA House of Delegates (updated October 2023).

Important Meeting Dates

Aug. 9: Reports and resolutions due for inclusion in the delegate handbook.

Aug. 28: Deadline to make room reservations at The Historic Davenport in Spokane.

Aug. 29: Final deadline for reports and resolutions. Resolutions received after this date must have the consent of two-thirds of the House of Delegates at the opening session in order to be considered.

Sept. 6: Delegate handbook will be available for download.

Sept. 28-29: 2024 WSMA Annual Meeting.

About the WSMA Annual Meeting

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 young physician delegate, one resident delegate, and three student delegates (one from each of the three medical schools in Washington state). Each county society has one delegate for every 50 active WSMA members.

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 of Delegates 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 an issue. Learn more about resolutions and how they help create and guide WSMA policy.

How the House of Delegates operates

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 on Saturday.

The House holds a second session on Sunday morning. The reference committees present their reports for consideration by the House on Sunday.

Learn more about the House of Delegates.

Learn more about delegate duties.

Presentations and Events

Welcome Breakfast for Early Career/New Attendees (7 a.m. Saturday)

Details to come.

WAMPAC Luncheon (12:30 p.m. Saturday)

WAMPAC, the nonpartisan campaign arm of the WSMA, is hosting its annual luncheon event on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12:30 p.m. Details on special guests will be announced shortly. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 and can be purchased when registering for the Annual Meeting. Tickets to the luncheon are free for WAMPAC Diamond Club members.

Breakout sessions (2 p.m. Saturday)

Trauma-Informed Care and the LGBTQIA+ Population – Shelby Wade

Wade will discuss what trauma-informed care is and how it serves communities like the LGBTQIA+ population. She’ll cover the history of LGBTQIA+ identities in health care, gender- and sexuality-based violence, and the current political and cultural climate and its impact on mental health and access to care.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Shelby Wade

Shelby Wade is a field traumatologist, compassion fatigue educator and practitioner, and a green belt in Lean Six Sigma health care quality management, with a decade of experience in victim services and hospital settings. During her career, she served as the prevention and education coordinator of a sexual assault crisis center, training professionals and working over 1,400 hours in an emergency department with forensic nurses, trauma victims, and their families. She chaired and rebuilt a three-county-wide community-based Sexual Assault Response Team, assisted the National Mass Violence Center in developing content on readiness, response, and resilience in mass violence events, and coordinated national and international learning collaboratives in trauma- focused cognitive behavioral therapy at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Currently, she coordinates the EQUIPTT center, a training and consultation site within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to enhance equity, quality, and impact of evidence-based practices for trauma using technology.

POLST Updates – Sharmon Figenshaw, ARNP

Learn how to use the updated Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment form for appropriate patents and how to comply with best practices about POLST information- gathering and storage.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Sharmon Figenshaw

Sharmon Figenshaw is a board-certified nurse practitioner with 30 years of experience in hospice and palliative medicine, providing compassionate support to people and their trusted companions in the midst of serious illness. In addition to over 20 years on the Washington Serious Illness Care Coalition, she serves as a clinical consultant for the Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest POLST/Serious Illness Clinical Skills program aimed at improving how we care for people with serious illness in Washington state. By strengthening communication skills among clinicians and teaching the proper use of POLST to guide care, she hopes to ensure that each person will receive care that honors their goals and values—and have the opportunity to shape their own ending. She enjoys seeing patients as a relief nurse practitioner for the Okanogan Palliative Care Initiative, a service of Family Health Centers in Okanogan County.

Plenary session (3:30 p.m. Saturday)

Healthcare Worker Well-Being: Strategies for Improvement at the Local and National Level – Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation

Dr. Ripp will discuss the current state of physician well-being and the system-level interventions needed to optimize health care worker well-being. He’ll discuss the role of the Lorna Breen Foundation in addressing credentialing questions and leveraging state medical associations. Session participants will be able to describe the current state of well-being and what’s driving it, define a number of system-level interventions to promote well-being, and consider the role of individuals, organizations, associations, and foundations in the efforts to advance well-being.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH

Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH is a professor of medicine, medical education and geriatrics and palliative medicine, dean for well-being and resilience, and chief wellness officer at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He oversees efforts to assess and provide direction for system- and individual-level interventions designed to improve well-being for all students, residents, fellows, and faculty in the Mount Sinai Health System. He is the co-founder and co-director of CHARM, the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine, a national group of medical educators, academic medical center well-being leaders, experts in burnout research and interventions, and learners all working to promote learner and trainee wellness.

Plenary session (4:30 p.m. Saturday)

Bobby Mukkamala, MD, AMA Board of Trustees
Details to come

Presidential Inauguration (5:15 p.m. Saturday)

We’ll inaugurate our 2024-2025 president, John Bramhall, MD, PhD, Seattle anesthesiologist and associate medical director of Harborview Medical Center.

Reception for all attendees (5:30 p.m. Saturday)

Preliminary Schedule

All meetings are at the Historic Davenport Hotel. The staff office is in the Flowerfield Room.

FRIDAY, September 27

Noon - Executive Committee Meeting

4:00 pm - WAMPAC Board Meeting

6:00 pm - Board Dinner

6:45 pm - Board Meeting

SATURDAY, September 28

6:30 am - AMA Delegation

7:00 am - Registration/Visit Exhibits

7:00 am - Welcome Breakfast for Early Career/New Attendees

7:00 am - Reference Committee Orientation Breakfast


9:30 am - Break with Exhibitors

10:00 am - Reference Committee Hearings

12:30 pm - WAMPAC Luncheon

2:00 pm - Breakout Session – Trauma Informed Care
                  Breakout Session – POLST

3:00 pm - Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm - Plenary Session: Jonathan Ripp, MD, MPH, Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes Foundation

4:30 pm - Bobby Mukkamala, MD, AMA Board of Trustees

5:15 pm - Presidential Inauguration

5:30 pm - Reception for all attendees

SUNDAY, September 29

7:00 am - WSMA Past Presidents’ Breakfast

7:00 am - Early Career Joint Governing Councils

7:00 am - CMS Caucuses



The WSMA may have a photographer 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

Corporate Partners and Meeting Exhibitors

The WSMA wishes to thank the following corporate partners for their generous year-long contributions. For more information, contact Milana McLead at or 206.956.3629

Exclusive Premier Partner

Founded in 1981 under the auspices of the WSMA, Physicians Insurance is the Northwest's leading medical professional liability insurance company, physician-owned and exclusively endorsed to this day by the WSMA. For over 30 years, Physicians Insurance has remained the stable, committed and local insurer for physicians, clinics, facilities and hospitals, providing risk-management consulting, continuing medical education and claims administration services to more than 7,000 members in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.


The Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic are part of Optum. Together, we’re building an integrated care model to offer personalized care with both on-site and virtual care options. We remain clinician-led, committed to our communities with more than 100 years of partnership, and dedicated to helping people live healthier lives.

Meeting Exhibitors

We are excited to welcome exhibitors back in person. Additional information about exhibit opportunities including the schedule and pricing can be found here. Exhibit space will be limited. If you’d like to reserve your spot, the exhibitor application form can be found here: 2024 WSMA Meeting Exhibitor Registration Form. For additional information about exhibiting, contact Shannon Bozarth at 206.956.3626 or

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