2020 Annual Conference: WMC Webinar Series
The Medical Commission hosts an educational conference every year in place of a regular meeting. This conference serves as a time to educate commission members, practitioners, staff, and the public on emergent issues from subject matter experts. The conference is free and we encourage all who are interested to attend.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have canceled the in-person conference. In order to provide continuing education for our licensees, the WMC is developing a webinar series to replace our in-person annual conference. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be notified as additional webinars are added. Email us if you have a suggestion for a future webinar topic.
Changes to Physician Assistant Practice in Washington
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 PM PDT
In the 2019-2020 legislative session the WA State Legislature passed HB 2378 – Concerning Physician Assistants. Join the WMC for a webinar that outlines the changes and how they will affect your practice and your PA license. This event is a learning opportunity for MDs and PAs. Register
2020-2021 Flu Updates Webinar
This webinar will cover: Flu epidemiology, Flu vaccine availability for the Childhood Vaccine Program, Updated flu recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Ordering flu vaccine in the Washington State Immunization Information System, Information on flu communication and health promotion resources.
5 Ways to Save Time When Applying for your WA state MD / PA License
Navigating the medical licensure process can be daunting, but proactive planning can help you save time and ease stress. Join the WMC for an educational opportunity on the top tips to save time when applying for your medical license. The webinar will also explain that licensees should plan for a 30-day period from the time they submit a complete application for license and the actual date licensure is granted. In addition, April through September is generally the peak period for volume of licensure applications, so if you’re applying for a license at that time, temper any hurried expectations and properly prepare. More Information
CDC Immunization Updates 2020 Webinar
This webinar covers the 2020 immunization schedule and recent vaccine recommendation updates. Dr. Freedman also discussed best practices for children with foreign immunization records and guidelines for titer testing for immunity. This learning activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, pharmacists, residents and fellows, and medical students.
COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Webinar
The Washington State Department of Health is hosting a COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Webinar December 17, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm PDT. The webinar is for health care providers and will cover COVID-19 epidemiology, COVID vaccines, the vaccine testing and approval process, vaccine adverse events, and other safety resources. Continuing education credit is available for nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists and physicians. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. More information.
Error Reduction and the Future of Communication and Resolution Programs
Despite the best intentions, health care does not always go as planned, which can result in harm to patients. Unintended patient harm remains a leading cause of death in the US and can happen for many reasons. CRPs offer health care organizations a compassionate, patient-centered response that ultimately improves safety for patients. A series of steps, taken by providers, risk managers, quality improvement leaders, health care leaders, and the WMC, guide health care organizations in moving towards reconciliation for everyone involved. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. More Information
Immunization Requirements Webinar
This webinar covers the immunization schedule, immunization rules and exceptions to the rules, and updates to the school and child care immunization requirements in Washington State. This learning activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, medical assistants, residents and fellows, and medical students.
LGBTQ+ Healthcare Needs
Dr. Diana Currie and Dr. Chelsea Unruh will discuss the gaps in healthcare amongst LGBTQ+ patients. This free webinar will educate providers on strategies to align care delivery with existing evidence-based, culturally sensitive standards of care for LGBTQ+ people to decrease health disparities. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. More information.
Opioid Prescribing Best Practices: Updates for 2021 and Beyond
Practitioners in Washington continue to struggle with the rules and regulations surrounding opioid prescribing. This issue has only been exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for an opioid refresher and update. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ More Information.
Practicing as a Physician Assistant in Washington
The relationship between a Physician Assistant (PA) and their supervising physician (MD) can often be confusing. The WMC is hosting a webinar to dispel myths and provide best practices for communication and professionalism. More Information
Safety First: The Importance of Interpreters & Translated Documents in Preventing Patient Harm
Jamilia Sherls-Jones, DNP, MPH, RN, CDP, CPN and Deborah Rader will address the language and cultural needs of patients that can directly impact safety, outcomes and health equity. In this one-hour webinar, you will learn to recognize safety issues related to language and culture and apply strategies to provide accommodation to those with language and cultural needs. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. More information.
Telehealth Delivered Multidisciplinary Pain
UW TelePain is a free service funded by the Washington State Legislature for community providers intended to increase knowledge and confidence in chronic pain management, and to present difficult chronic pain cases for consultation. This program brings together a network of interprofessional specialists with expertise in the management of challenging chronic pain problems. However providers are unsure of how to access the program and it's benefits. This webinar will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills of community practice providers who treat patients with chronic pain. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. More Information.
Transforming Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative
Dr. B. W. Furness, CAPT of US Public Health Service and CDC Medical Epidemiologist will discuss Transforming Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and the findings of his paper Transforming Primary Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A Collaborative Quality Improvement Initiative and CDC recommendations regarding LGBTQ primary care. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. More information.
UW Studies COVID-19 Presence to Inform Smart Policy Decisions
Dr. Keith Jerome will be discussing research at UW to determine the percentage of Washingtonians who have been infected by COVID-19. UW Medicine’s Virology Laboratory will conduct the study in close partnership with state and local public health agencies, sampling across rural and urban populations throughout the state and within racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse communities. Dr. Jerome will provide a one hour webinar on the study methods and preliminary findings, and discuss how these findings may impact policy decisions. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. More information.
The Washington Medical Commission gratefully acknowledges the unrestricted educational grant from the FSMB Foundation in the amount of $10,000 to support this activity.