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The King County Medical Society (KCMS), founded in 1888, is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to representing Seattle and King County physicians and their patients by promoting best practices in medicine and raising public awareness of issues critical to quality patient care and public health.



Virginia Mason denied full accreditation

A surprise visit in May by the Joint Commission found that Virginia Mason was out of compliance in 29 areas, ranging from reducing risk of infection from medical equipment to providing an environment with no risk of “immediate threat to life,” The Seattle Times reports. Officials at the medical center say they’re working to fix the problems that resulted in “contingent accreditation” status.

Up to 2 million kids get concussions yearly from sports, playing

A study published in Pediatrics estimated that 1.1 million to 1.9 million concussions occur in kids every year during sports and recreation, The Seattle Times reports. The Seattle-led study also estimated that 512,000 to 1.2 million concussions are not reported to health-care providers.

Doctors will prescribe branded drugs for food

A JAMA Internal Medicine study found that doctors who accept just one $20 meal from a pharmaceutical company are more likely to recommend branded drugs to their patients, New York magazine reports. The more free meals a doctor received, the more likely he or she was to prescribe a branded drug.

Stress more likely to trigger depression in men than women

Men are more likely to suffer depression following work troubles, divorce and separation, The Conversation reports. Women, meanwhile, tend to be more sensitive to conflict, serious illness or death happening in their social network. Countries with the highest gender inequalities have the largest difference in rates of depression between men and women.

Zika virus

AMA: Zika virus resource center

CDC: Zika virus

Washingon state Dept. of Health: Zika virus

Education & Events

Visit our Education and Events page to learn more about:

  • Upcoming Continuing Medical Education opportunities throughout the Seattle-King County region; and
  • Free access to Heal-WA, an online medical library featuring tool kits, calculators, dictionaries, electronic textbooks, and journals.