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"No matter where you are in your career journey, this leadership conference is for you." - Mika Sinanan, MD, PhD, WSMA President

WSMA Leadership Development Conference

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you can join me and your peers for the annual WSMA Leadership Development Conference this May, which will once again be held on the calming shores of Lake Chelan. Our theme this year is leading transformational change—an appropriate theme for a profession still reeling from the disruptions of a pandemic and its social upheavals.

As the pandemic has demonstrated, we are all leaders, regardless of title, hierarchy, or work setting. Let us gather to celebrate the challenges we’ve overcome together, and to train our eyes forward toward recovery. As the saying goes, in crisis lies opportunity, and we now have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a better house of medicine, one informed by physician expertise and values, where community is celebrated, diversity and inclusion fostered, and all voices lifted.

No matter your official role in medicine, or where you are in your growth journey, this leadership conference will have much to offer. I hope to see you there.

Katina Rue MD

Katina Rue, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP
WSMA President


About the Conference

Year after year, WSMA members name the Leadership Development Conference as their favorite, can't-miss event. What makes it special? Central to its success are top-notch faculty and engaging course content—that, and the resort's family-friendly, beautiful lakeside setting.

Every year, the Leadership Development Conference features a truly outstanding lineup of speakers, all experts in their respective fields, and interactive sessions designed to enhance your leadership skills. You'll leave Chelan with concrete ideas and skills that you can immediately put to use in your professional life.


Agenda

Friday, May 19

7:30 a.m.
Check-in and networking breakfast

8 a.m.
Opening remarks
Katina Rue, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP

8:15 a.m.
THOMAS J. CURRY LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Turning the Corner: What’s Next for Health Care?
Ian Morrison, PhD

9:30 a.m.
Networking break

10 a.m.
A Prescription for Transforming Health Care
Imelda Dacones, MD, FACP

11 a.m.
Creating a Culture of Wellness Through Health System Transformation
Kevin Hopkins, MD

12 p.m.
Lunch break

1 p.m.
Healing the Healer: The Restorative Justice Approach to Transforming Health Care
Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, MA, FAAP, and Pedro Flores, PhD, MAS, RRT, CCRP

2:30 p.m.
Networking break

3-5 p.m.
Breakout sessions

OPTION A
3 p.m. - 2-hour Workshop - Practicing Restorative Justice Facilitation Skills: Responding to Harm & Conflict Through Active Accountability - Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, MA, FAAP, and Pedro Flores, PhD, MAS, RRT, CCRP

OPTION B
3 p.m. - Leading Skilled Professionals - Amy Compton-Phillips, MD
4 p.m. - Fireside Chat - Ian Morrison, PhD

OPTION C
3 p.m. - How Can Health Care Organizations Save Time for Physicians? - Kevin Hopkins, MD
4 p.m. - Health Equity Roundtable Discussion - Edwin Lindo, JD

5 p.m.
Networking break

6 p.m.
Reception, dinner, and ice cream social

9 p.m.
Networking reception

Saturday, May 20

7 a.m.
Networking breakfast

8 a.m.
Health Equity: Embracing Transformation
Edwin Lindo, JD

9 a.m.
Change Management in the Real World Part I
Louise Keogh Weed, MPH

9:45 a.m.
Networking break

10:15 a.m.
Change Management in the Real World Part II
Louise Keogh Weed, MPH

11:15 a.m.
Simplifying Health
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD

11:55 a.m.
Closing remarks
Katina Rue, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP

Noon
Adjourn

Faculty

THOMAS J. CURRY LEADERSHIP KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Ian Morrison, PhD, is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future. Morrison is the author of “Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow,” “Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership,” and “The Second Curve - Managing the Velocity of Change.” Morrison is a past president of the Institute for the Future and a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives, a joint venture between Harris Interactive and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management.

Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, is an internationally respected health care executive, innovator, speaker, and author. She is the president and chief clinical officer of Press Ganey, which focuses on improving the human experience of care as a strategic differentiating business advantage. Dr. Compton-Phillips has served as the president of clinical care at Providence and the chief quality officer at Kaiser Permanente. Her key interests include developing cutting-edge care through research, advancing access to care through innovation, cultivating highly reliable care processes through physician partnerships and systems design, and building the health care workforce of the future. Dr. Compton-Phillips is a board-certified internist and theme leader for NEJM Catalyst.

Imelda Dacones, MD, FACP, an internist and hospitalist, is the Optum Washington market president and a recognized leader in driving value-based care transformation and innovation. Previously, she served as the president and CEO of Northwest Permanente P.C., co-chair of the Kaiser Permanente Program Group, and chair of The Permanente Federation representing the eight medical groups of Kaiser Permanente with its more than 22,000 physicians. Dr. Dacones helped shape enterprise and market strategy, modernize business functions, and grow the Kaiser footprint, while improving margins, driving innovations such as hospital care at home, and fostering clinician and team member engagement. In 2020, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Leaders.

Pedro Flores, PhD, MAS, RRT, CCRP, is a clinician, administrator, and restorative justice practitioner with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of health care. Flores is affiliated with the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego, where he also conducts implementation research evaluating the use of restorative justice to redress workgroup-related harms in health care, academic medicine, and academic nursing settings. Flores teaches comparative health care systems and health care leadership at the University of California at San Diego, which is where he obtained a master’s degree in the leadership of health care organizations. He received a doctorate from the University of San Diego with an emphasis on restorative justice, public health, and leadership.

Kevin Hopkins, MD, is a senior physician advisor with the Professional Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability Initiative for the American Medical Association. He serves as a staff physician in the department of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and as the primary care medical director for Cleveland Clinic’s Primary Care Institute. Dr. Hopkins is a nationally recognized leader in addressing burnout and ambulatory practice transformation. He is a clinical assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, teaches at the Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program, and is a faculty instructor for the Cleveland Clinic Global Leadership and Learning Institute.

Edwin G. Lindo, JD, brings the interdisciplinary study of critical race theory to medicine and law so we can better learn how racism detrimentally affects our health, our learning, our teaching, and justice. Lindo is the assistant dean for 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 is also WSMA’s health equity consultant. He is internationally recognized as a conscious voice for racial and social justice.

Mirna Ramos-Diaz, MD, is the inaugural chief diversity officer for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and is an associate professor of pediatrics in the university’s department of family medicine. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Ramos-Diaz completed the AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program in 2020 and the University of San Diego Restorative Justice Certificate Program in 2022. She is the co-founder of Roots to Wings, a transformative co-mentoring program for Indigenous and Latinx youth living on Native homelands to become STEM and health care professionals, and the founder of the Science Research Preparatory Yearlong Program for Indigenous and Latinx students in Washington state.

Louise Keogh Weed, MPH, is an instructor in the department of health management at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and is affiliate faculty at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, where she directed the Advancing Teams Program, Leadership Masterclass for Non-Physicians in Primary Care, and the Medical Director Leadership Institute. Keogh Weed is the faculty director of the Advancing Leadership Strategies for Evolving Healthcare Executives program in the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Education Department, and the faculty co-director of Managing Yourself and Leading Others in Healthcare course at the Harvard Extension School Center for Professional Development.

CME Credit

Accreditation with Commendation

The WSMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Lake Chelan Family Fun

Canoeing/Kayaking/Biking

Lake Rider Sports - 509.885.4767

Chelan Electric Bikes - 509.683.2125

Bowling

Chelan Lanes (open daily at noon) - 509.682.2251

Movie Theater

Ruby Theater - 509.682.5016

History Museum

Lake Chelan Historical Museum - 509.682.5644

Wineries

Tsillan Cellars - 509.682.9463

Wapato Point Cellars - 509.687.4000

Lake Chelan Winery - 509.687.9463

Benson Vineyards - 509.687.0313

C.R. Sandidge Wines - 509.682.3704

Siren Song – 509.888.4657

Golf

Lake Chelan Golf Course - 509.682.8026

Bear Mountain Golf Course - 509.682.8200

Accommodations

The WSMA Leadership Development Conference will be held at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan at 104 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816. Please call the resort directly to make your room reservations at 800.553.8225. WSMA’s special room rates are $182 for a traditional room and $212 for a deluxe room. The deadline for the special WSMA conference room rate is April 18, 2023. Hurry, rooms go quickly!

To avoid cancellation fees, Campbell’s requires you to cancel seven days before your confirmed arrival date.

Corporate Partners

The WSMA thanks our corporate partners for their generous support

Exclusive Premier Partner

Founded in 1981 under the auspices of the WSMA, Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company 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.

Promoters

The Polyclinic and The Everett Clinic are teaming up to deliver exceptional health care throughout the Pacific Northwest. Both organizations have strong physician leadership, deep roots in the local community, and the support and national strength of Optum. Together, we’re helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone.

The UW Psychiatry Consultation Line connects care providers throughout Washington with UW psychiatrists who can provide clinical advice about adult patients with mental health or substance use disorders. The service is fast, free and on-demand. A UW psychiatrist is just a phone call away! Funded by the State of Washington.

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

To exhibit at the 2023 WSMA Leadership Development Conference, please complete an online exhibitor request form.

To become a corporate partner, with a host of excellent benefits, please complete an online interest form.

Join or renew your membership today!