Congratulations to Catherine (Catie) Fairgrieve Appel,

who has been elected as an Alternate Delegate in the WSMA Medical Student Section Governing Council

Catherine (Catie) Fairgrieve Appel is a third-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University, serving on the Yakima County Medical Society board as a student trustee. Prior to attending medical school, she worked as a certified athletic trainer in Seattle and as a program coordinator with the National Diabetes Prevention Program. She studied athletic training at Eastern Washington University as an undergrad and holds a master’s in medical physiology from Case Western Reserve University. Her interests include health literacy and education, improving access to care, and engaging her fellow students in advocacy and organized medicine.


Physician Whistleblower Protection Bill 

in the 2019 WA State Legislative Session

For a complete discussion of YCMS advocacy for the medical profession, see

Gov. Inslee signs Substitute House Bill No. 1049, April 19, 2019. Relating to health care provider and health care facility whistleblower protections. Primary Sponsor: Representative Nicole Macri

The Washington Legislature has an excellent website where you can read the complete text of the bill. Use this link:


Every year in May, WSMA puts on an excellent Leadership Development Conference in Chelan.

There are scholarship opportunities for physicians new to practice who want to explore organized medicine. The deadline for applications is Monday, January 28.

The link to the scholarship application is: