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How Discrimination Affects Patient Safety

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Webinar Recording

There has been a considerable amount of research published regarding patient safety and outcomes and how these can be diminished when there is discrimination present. Discrimination is a social determinate of health and in this webinar we will discuss its implications and how the Washington Medical Commission is responding.

Topics to be Covered:

  1. The WMC discrimination policy and how it is being implemented.
  2. Effects of discrimination data and literature review.
  3. The implications of discrimination to the patient and the healthcare system.

There will also be an opportunity for questions.


Jimmy Chung, MD – WMC Chair
Diana Currie, MD – WMC Physician at Large
Mahlet Zeru, MPH – WMC Equity and Social Justice Manager


Michael L. Farrell, JD
Michael Farrell is the Policy Development Manager for the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission. He has served as an attorney for the Commission for 30 years assisting the Commission in the licensing and disciplining physicians and physician assistants; developing legislation, rules, policy, guidelines, and performance measures; and educating the profession and the public on medical regulation. Prior to working for the Commission, Michael was an attorney in private practice in Seattle.  He holds a J.D. from Marquette University Law School and a B.B.A. in economics and management science from Gonzaga University.