Hussam Albugami, a PhD student in McMaster University’s health policy program, is being co-supervised by John Lavis and Arthur Sweetman. Albugami obtained his Master’s degree in public health studies with health policy and management department at Bloomberg School of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University (2016). He has received mentorship and supervision from Edyth Schoenrich and Donald Steinwachs and worked in two research studies under their guidance titled “Cost effectiveness analysis of reducing inpatient waiting time and expenses for their medical procedures” and “Rehabilitation Patient Group system” that motivated him to pursue the field of health policy and health economics in more depth. His research interests include cost effectiveness of health care systems and effect change in implementing health policies as to contribute to the augmentation of health status worldwide.
Prior to this experience, he worked with the Saudi Arabian government for health promotion, serving seventeen cities with differing cultures to create awareness (2014). Albugami is a physician who graduated from faculty of medicine in King Abdulaziz University (2012) and worked as teaching assistant in the public health and community medicine department there for two years. He taught the community medicine course and field experience course for 4th-year and 6th-year medical students. While completing his MD degree, he trained as intern doctor for one year at King Abdulaziz University Hospital and department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill University (2012/2013). He was accepted as a representative of his country for a United Nations Academy in New York in 2015. He contributed with Ministry of National Guard in Saudi in a research project called “Your Health is Our Interest”. This research aimed at targeting the early recognition of risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases, and promoted the assessment and education of appropriate interventions. The project targeted over 10,000 citizens and utilized the Framingham Criteria for the identification of risk factors. His research experiences include a retrospective cohort study of teaching evidence-based medicine: a student-selected component at the faculty of medicine, KAU (2009-2013) and Knowledge, attitudes, and practices toward patient safety among medical students in Saudi Arabia (2013). Albugami will be working on a cost reduction research project regarding hospital wait times and avoidable hospitalization in health care systems.