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Tharin Phenwan is a medical doctor from Thailand. He received his MD from Prince of Songkla University and was awarded a Diploma of the Thai Board of Family Medicine from Phramonkutklao Hospital, Thailand.

He is an assistant professor at Walailak University School of Medicine and has been actively involved in teaching undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors until he came to study his PhD at the University of Dundee.


Wider professional activities

Peer reviewer

  • Palliative Medicine
  • Walailak Journal of Science and Technology
  • Journal of Health Science and Medical Research
  • Journal of Health Research 
  • Journal of Integrated Care
  • MedEdPublish

International affiliations

  • 2019              Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education of Europe (AMEE)
  • 2013-present  Member of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN)

National affiliations


  • Steering committee of Tayside Palliative and End of Life Managed Care Network (TayPEOLC MCN) in Non-cancer palliative care group, NHS Tayside                     
  • Steering committee of Anticipatory Care Plan (ACP), NHS Tayside

Lifetime membership

  • Member of the Thai Palliative Care Society (THAPS)
  • Member of the Thai Royal College of Family Physician of Thailand
  • Member of the Medical Council of Thailand

Funded research projects


  • Dementia screening programme and life skill developments of the elderly and caregivers in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Thailand, funded by Walailak University, Thailand, PI
  • Spiritual Well-being among breast cancer patients, funded by Walailak University, Thailand, PI
  • Assessment of the Implementation of Community Health Fund, funded by Health Systems Research Institute (HSRI), Thailand, Co-I   
  • Correlation of the scores on different comprehensive examinations and the Medical Competency Assessment Test for National LicenseL a mixed methods study, funded by Walailak University, Co-I


  • Life Unlocking Card Game in Death and Dying Classroom for Medical Students: a pilot study, classsroom research grant, funded by Walailak University, PI
  • Body Image Comparison between Breast Cancer Survivors who received different types of surgery, funded by Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, Co-I

Research interests

  • Palliative Care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Dementia
  • Quality of Life
  • Medical Education


The full list is available at



Palliative Care


  • Phenwan, T. (2018). Relieving total pain in an adolescent: a case report. BMC Research Notes, 11, 1-4. [265]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3368-8
  • Phenwan, T. (2018). How to perform Breaking Bad News: a Scoping reiew (in Thai). Journal of Primary Care and Family Medicine, 1(1), 11-17

Advance Care Planning


  • Phenwan, T., Sixsmith, J., McSwiggan, L., & Buchanan, D. (2020). A narrative review of facilitating and inhibiting factors in advance care planning initiation in people with dementiaEuropean Geriatric Medicine11(3), 353-368. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41999-020-00314-1 


  • Phenwan, T., Srisuwan, P., & Tienthavorn, T. (2019). Perception of Advance Directive in Thai Women with Cancer: A Qualitative Study. Walailak Journal of Science and Technology, 16(8), 601-610. [9].


  • Phenwan, T., Apichanakulchai, T., & Sittiwantana, E. (2018). Life unlocking card game in death and dying classroom for medical students. MedEdPublish, 7(3), 1-14. [43]. https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2018.0000181.1

Medical Education


  • Tawanwongsri, W., & Phenwan, T. (2019). Reflective and feedback performances on Thai medical students’ patient history-taking skills. BMC Medical Education, 19, 1-8. [141]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1585-z


  • Phenwan, T., & Tawanwongsri, W. (2018). Challenges in Problem-Based Learning and Suggested Solutions at the School of Medicine, Walailak University: A Mixed-Methods Study. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 41(2), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.14456/rmj.2018.11
  • Phenwan, T., & Tawanwongsri, W. (2018). Correlation of the scores on different comprehensive examinations and the Medical Competency Assessment Test for National License: a mixed methods study. Thammasat Medical Journal, 18(1), 31. [8].
  • Phenwan, T., & Tawanwongsri, W. (2018). Reliability of Self-Assessment among Medical Students at Walailak University. Srinagarind Medical Journal, 33(4), 364. [5].
  • Phenwan, T., & Tawanwongsri, W. (2018). Retained mind mapping skills and learning outcomes in medical students: a mixed methods study. MedEdPublish, 7(4), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2018.0000223.2
  • Phenwan, T., & Tawanwongsri, W. (2017). A small group learning for evidence-based medicine in pre-clinical medical students: EBM in pre-clinical medical students. MedEdPublish, 6(2), [36]. https://doi.org/10.15694/mep.2017.000098

Quality of Life


  • Peerawong, T., Phenwan, T., Mahattanobon, S., Tulathamkij, K., & Pattanasattayavong, U. (2019). Body image transformation after breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in southern Thai women. Sage Open Medicine, 7, 1-6. [529]. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050312119829985
  • Phenwan, T., Peerawong, T., & Tulathamkij, K. (2019). The meaning of spirituality and spiritual well-being among Thai breast cancer patients: A qualitative study. Indian Journal of Palliative Care, 25(1), 119-123. https://doi.org/10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_101_18


  • Peerawong, T., Phenwan, T., Supanitwatthana, S., Mahattanobon, S., & Kongkamol, C. (2016). Breast Conserving Therapy and Quality of Life in Thai Females: a Mixed Methods Study. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 17(6), 2917-2921. [32].


2019-Present                           Academic tutor,International College Dundee, UK

  • Lead the Anatomy and Physiology Module for Nursing pathway and Life Science pathway international students. Main responsibilities are:
  • Design learning materials and deliver lectures and seminars
  • Provide constructive feedback for students’ writing
  • Marking the coursework

2012-2013, 2016-2018            Lecturer, Walailak University School of Medicine, Thailand

  • Taught undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Supervised GP trainees research for their three years training programme
  • Main teaching topics are:
    • Community care
    • Palliative and end of life care
    • Communication skills
    • Geriatric care
    • Ethical issues
    • Critical thinking
    • Human life cycle development
  • A regular invited lecturer and invited speaker at nearby universities and hospitals. Main audiences were healthcare professionals, volunteers, and senior citizen.

Education/Academic qualification

Mahidol University


Award Date: 31 May 2016

Bachelor of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University


Award Date: 31 May 2012

External positions

Assistant Professor, Walailak University

17 May 2019 → …

Lecturer, Walailak University

Mar 2012May 2019


  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Palliative Care
  • Advance Care Planning
  • Advance Directive
  • Qualitative methods
  • Medical Education
  • Primary Care Medicine
  • Gerontology
  • Quality of life


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