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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.

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

8:00 am - HOUSE OF DELEGATES

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

8:00 am - HOUSE OF DELEGATES

Disclaimer

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 milana@wsma.org.

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 milana@wsma.org or 206.956.3629

Exclusive Premier Partner

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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 slb@wsma.org.

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