Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Nur Faraheen Abdul Rahman

My PhD Title: ‘Clinical reasoning learning for decision making in the primary care setting: Implications to instructions, students’ identity and outcomes’.

Supervisor: Dr Sophie Park & Dr Nathan Davies

Lay summary: This PhD project sets to explore on how undergraduate students learn clinical reasoning to help them make decisions related to their patients. It is also seek to find out how students experience the primary care setting as a learning environment for the purpose of learning clinical reasoning. It also will incorporate clinical teachers and patients’ voices on how they have contributed to students’ learning.

My Background

I am a trained general practitioner and have been teaching this subject since 2011. I completed my Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. I obtained my MBBS from the

University of Adelaide, Australia. I was in the beginning intrigued by logic and reasoning as a topic in mathematics at school. Since then, I am always inspired to learn more about human brain, cognitive processes and learning. I was also interested in neuroscience during my medical training, and had done a research project on the reliability of a scoring system that measures the effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) among patients with major depressive disorder. I always wondered in the past on how the environment shaped learning. I had the opportunity to do a research on similar topic as my master’s thesis. The topic was on deliberate practice in teaching and learning clinical reasoning in the undergraduate primary care clerkship.


  • MBBS – University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Diploma in Family Medicine – Academy of Family Physicians Malaysia
  • Membership of Royal College of General Practitioners (International) – RCGP, UK
  • Masters in Health Professions Education (MHPE) – Maastricht University, the Netherlands


  1. Principal Investigator, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Education, Malaysia
  2. Best poster Award at the 2019 International Humanitarian Conference.
  3. Best research abstract (English) at the 49th Japan Society of Medical Education Conference, Sapporo Japan.
  4. Scholarship award receiver for Advanced PhD Proposal Writing Workshop, School of Health Professions Education (SHE), Maastricht University, the Netherlands


  1. Omar, MR, Abdul Rahman, NF & Ku Mohd. Noor, KM (2019). Knowledge, attitude and practice of medical humanitarianism among undergraduate medical students in Malaysia, Akademika (reviewed for publication).
  2. Rahman, NFA & Albualy, R. (2018). A comparative analysis of reflection in a primary care outpatient setting in two learning environments. Education in Medicine Journal, 10(2).
  3. Sanip, S & Rahman, NFA. (2018). Integrated cumulative grad epoint average (iCGPA): Benefits and challenges of implementation for the medical faculty. Education in Medicine Journal, 10(1).
  4. Abdul Rahman, NF & Azmi MI. (2016). Breaking bad news workshop as peer-assisted learning project in primary care clerkship. Education in Medicine Journal, 8(1).

Medical lecturer (Primary care/ Medical Education), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

Researcher, Centre for Holistic Intelligence (CHI), Institut Sains Islam (ISI), Universiti Sains Islam Malayia

Contact details 

Email: Nur.rahman.19@ucl.ac.uk

Twitter handle: @NurFaraheenAR