How to Write a Resolution
As a WSMA member, you can help guide the direction of the association and
raise awareness of issues of importance to the practice of medicine in
Washington by authoring a resolution—a proposal asking the WSMA to take a
position or act on an issue.
Resolutions, which are key policy drivers for the association, are
considered for adoption at the
Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates
Watch a five-minute video for an overview of the WSMA House of Delegates and
how to draft, introduce, and successfully bring a resolution to fruition.
The second seven-minute video gives real-world examples of the impact of
resolutions in our state.
Check for existing policy
If you have an idea for a
policy that you'd like the House of Delegates to adopt, take a moment to consult the
WSMA Policy Compendium
to make sure the subject isn't already addressed in current WSMA policy.
Alternately, you may seek to modify existing WSMA policy. If you'd like to
advance a change in the governance and regulation of the WSMA, download
and review the
Check for health equity impact
Policies may disparately impact communities, particularly various
disadvantaged or marginalized communities. Before submitting your policy
this equity evaluation tool
to consistently assess the DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) impacts
of potential new WSMA policy. The
WSMA DEI Committee will be using the tool as it evaluates resolutions before the
House and will add a health equity note as appropriate.
Discuss with other WSMA members
For help developing
your proposal, check out our
general discussion forum, where you can post a topic for discussion with other members. Tapping
the expertise of your colleagues can help you hone your proposal and
increase its chances for adoption. The forum is password-protected and
Requirements for submitting your resolution
Once you've decided on a proposal, you must:
Organize your proposal into the required resolution format. For details
on how to format your proposal using the five basic elements of a
resolution, review our
Identify two sponsors for your resolution. Resolutions must be sponsored
by at least two WSMA delegates, and must be submitted in writing by a
delegate, alternate delegate, or member of the board of trustees. If you
are interested in authoring a resolution but are not a delegate or board
member, the WSMA will work with you to develop your resolution idea and
find a sponsor. Contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.441.9762 for
Submit your resolution to the WSMA for review at
email@example.com. WSMA staff will review
the resolution for any legal or legislative concerns and will work with
you to establish a fiscal note (the cost, if any, to implement the
resolution if adopted). Your resolution may be submitted at any time
during the year; however, if you'd like your resolution to be considered
at the yearly meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates, be sure to meet
the deadlines for resolution submission. For deadlines, check the
or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Submission complete—what's next?
Once your resolution has been reviewed by WSMA staff, it will be posted
online in our
virtual reference committees
to give other WSMA members a chance to review and discuss the merits of
your proposal prior to the WSMA Annual Meeting. During the meeting,
in-person reference committees allow members an additional opportunity to
offer input on proposed policies.
Reference committee members will consider all testimony, online and in
person, as they prepare their reports containing recommendations for the
House of Delegates on how to act on resolutions. These reports are
distributed during the final House of Delegates session at the WSMA Annual
Meeting prior to voting.
The WSMA Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates brings together the
approximately 175 voting members of the WSMA House of Delegates to debate
and determine policy for the association, elect officers, and network with
colleagues. Free for WSMA members, the meeting is not only your chance to
help set the agenda of your state medical association, but it is also a
wonderful opportunity to spend time with your colleagues and peers from
throughout the state.
If you have never attended a WSMA annual meeting,
learn more about the how, when, where, and why of our premier
Important meeting deadlines
Reports and resolutions due for inclusion in delegate handbook.
Final deadline for reports and resolutions. Resolutions received after
this date must have the consent of two-thirds of the House at the opening
session in order to be considered. Delegate handbook will be available for
Deadline to make room reservations at The Westin Bellevue.
The 2023 WSMA Annual Meeting.