Rudi Safarudin, PhD Candidate
Rudi Safarudin, Pharm.D, M.Pharm, M.Epid is a graduate student as well as a Fulbright awardee from Indonesia. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the Health Services and Outcomes Research (HSOR) program at WVU School of Pharmacy, and he anticipates graduation in 2021. Rudi did all of his previous degrees in Indonesia (PharmD at Hasanuddin University followed by two masters’ degrees simultaneously at the University of Indonesia). In addition to being a full-time student, Rudi is a teaching assistant in Dr. Ashlee McMillan’s Labs (Foundational Pharmacy Skills and Preparation of Pharmaceutical Products).
Besides teaching, many of Rudi’s passions revolve around community service. He participated in events throughout Morgantown and Elkins. These included the skin cancer/lung cancer wellness events and CHOICE 2018 - Community Health Outreach Imaging with Cardiovascular Examinations. Back in Indonesia, he had done health and educational development programs in remote areas for more than six years.
These experiences triggered a curiosity on how health disparity would affect health outcomes. That is why Rudi’s future dissertation will be on the “Effects of Persistent, Pre-Diagnosis Opioid Use in Cancer Patients on Clinical, Economical, and Survival Outcomes”. This program will help him gain insight into the factors influencing healthcare disparities (e.g., socio-economic and rural-urban statuses) in West Virginia. It will also expound on the particularly negative impact of opioid abuse on the lives of many West Virginians.
Coming from an impoverished family makes Rudi feel grateful for his time in West Virginia, and he looks forward to using the knowledge he has gained in order to give back to the community. For him, acceptance into the WV AHEC Rural Community Health Scholars Program is a dream come true. He enjoys developing the skills necessary to identify problems in healthcare and creating the best solutions to help people in need.