Associate Professor Joyce LEE

Associate Professor, and Clinical Pharmacist, Ambulatory Care
Director, Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) Specialty Residency in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice

Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore
18 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543
Tel: +65 6516 8014
Fax: +65 6779 1554

Teaching Activities in NUS

Undergraduate BSc (Pharmacy):

  • PR3105 Pharmacotherapy I co-lecturer (diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia)
  • PR4101 Pharmacotherapy II module coordinator (heart failure, ischemic heart disease, thrombotics)
  • PR4104 Pharmacy Practice co-lecturer (individual counseling, small group discussions, dispensing)


Post Graduate – Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD):

  • PR5134 Physical Assessment in pharmacy practice co-lecturer
  • PR5130 Advanced Pharmacotherapy I co-lecturer (HIV and opportunistic infections)
  • PR5132 Advanced Pharmacotherapy III co-lecturer (Metabolic syndrome in geriatrics)
  • PR5136 PharmD Seminar co-lecturer
  • PR5150 Core Ambulatory Care Clerkship coordinator


Foundation of Clinical Diabetes Management: Certification Program for the Healthcare Professionals
Chairperson (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and present)
This is an interprofessional 3-day continuing education workshop offered yearly, and taught by family physician, endocrinologist, dietitian, podiatrist, physiotherapist, advanced practice nurse, and clinical pharmacists. This workshop is open to all healthcare professionals.

  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP), Board of Pharmaceutical Services, 2011
  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS), Board of Pharmaceutical Services, 2008
  • Registered Pharmacist in Singapore and California (USA)
  • Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (AY2013/2014)
  • American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) New Clinical Practitioner Award 2013
  • Excellent Young Teacher Award (AY 2009/2010)

Experience in Pharmacist-managed Ambulatory Care Clinics

  • Primary Care Clinic (Diabetes, Hypertension, Dyslipidemia, Asthma, Heart Failure, Hypothyroidism)
  • Geriatric Clinic
  • HIV Clinic
  • Anticoagulation Clinic
  • Asthma Clinic
  • Cardiology Clinic
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Depression Clinic

The Sweet Spot Program (Aug 2011 – Present)
First community-based diabetes medication therapy management (MTM) service established in Singapore
The Sweet Spot program (utilizing point-of-care testing) can be found in 3 retail pharmacies:

  • Jurong East Unity Pharmacy
  • Ang Mo Kio Unity Pharmacy
  • Paya Lebar Unity Pharmacy


Cardiovascular Risk Management Clinic, Cardiology Department, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore (May 2010 – Present)

  • First hospital, multi-disease clinic established in Singapore
  • Cardiovascular risk management clinic is located within the premise of 1 acute hospital


Hypertension, Diabetes and Lipid Clinic (HDL-C), National healthcare Group (NHG) Polyclinics/Pharmacy (Oct 2007 – Present)
First primary care multi-disease clinic established in Singapore, (HDL-C) can be found in 6 primary care Polyclinics:

  • Bukit Batok Polyclinic
  • Choa Chu Kang Polyclinic
  • Clementi Polyclinic
  • Jurong Polyclinic
  • Toa Payoh Polyclinic
  • Woodlands Polyclinic
  • Volkman, Kate. “Alumni Hub – School of Pharmacy Alumni Profiles: Going Global (Challenge Seeker).”  UCSF Magazine. Spring 2013 Vol.2 No.1: Pages 44-45. Print (USA). Also available at
  • Kumar, Rajesh. “Unity Hits the Sweet Spot on Diabetes Management.” Pharmacy Today, News. September-October 2013. Page 3.
  • Poon, Chian Hui.  “Free Help for Diabetes Suffers.”  The Straits Times Singapore Newspaper, Home section, August 18, 2013, page 20.
  • Lim, Jaclyn.  “Ask Your Pharmacist.” The Straits Times Singapore Newspaper, Mind and Body section, July 18, 2013, page 33.
  • Pang, Melissa“The Pharmacist is In.”  The Straits Times Singapore Newspaper. Mind and Body section, December 13, 2012, pages 14-15.
  • Diabetes Management
  • Health Services Research (chronic disease management)
  • Management of chronic conditions in special populations
  • Patient care and education
  • Setting up, maintaining and improving pharmacist-led ambulatory care clinics
  • Ng CS, Lee JYC, Toh MP, Ko Y. Cost-of-illness studies of diabetes mellitus: A systematic review. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2014;105:151-163. (SCI)
  • Yap KZ, Kua EH, Chan SY, Lee JYC. Improving the Appropriateness of Antipsychotic Prescribing for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD): A Pilot Study of the Psychotropic Use Monitoring (PUM) Programs. Open Journal of Psychiatry, 2014. 4(2): p153-162.
  • Lee JYC. American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Ambulatory Care Survival Guide, 3rd Edition, book chapter, “Hypertension, Diabetes, and Lipids Clinic Policies & Procedures” 2013: 412-420.
  • Lee JYC, Tsou K, Lim J, Koh F, Ong S, and Wong S. Symptom-based insulin adjustment for glucose normalization (SIGN) Algorithm: A Pilot Study. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. 2012;14(12) 1145-48.
  • Wang Y, Lee JYC, Tang WE, Toh MP, Ko Y. Validity and reliability of a self-reported measure of medication adherence in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus in Singapore. Diabet Med. 2012;29:e338-44. (SCI)
  • Shim YT, Lee JYC, Toh MP, Tang WE, Ko Y. Health-related quality of life and glycaemic control in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus in Singapore. Diabet Med. 2012;29:e241-8. (SCI)
  • Ko Y, Lee JYC, Toh MP, Tang WE, Tan AS. Development and validation of a general health literacy test in Singapore. Health Promot Int. 2012; 27:45-51. (SSCI)
  • Wong S, Lee JYC, Ko Y, Chong MF, Lam CK, Tang WE. Perceptions of insulin therapy amongst Asian patients with diabetes in Singapore. Diabet Med. 2011; 28:206-11. (SCI)
  • Lee JYC, and Wong S. Development and Implementation of Signs and Symptoms-based Insulin Titration Algorithm. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy 2010; 67: 1507-9.
  • Tay MKX, LEE JYC, Wee IYJ, and Oh HML. Evaluation of Intensive Care Unit-acquired Urinary Tract Infections in Singapore. Annuls of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 2010; 39(6): 460-5.
  • Lee JYC, and Wong S. Pharmacist-managed Hypertension, Diabetes and Lipids Clinic: Policy and Procedure and Clinical Practice Protocol. National Healthcare Group Polyclinics Singapore, May 2009. pp 1-53.
  • Lee JYC, Tan ML, and Chan A. Evaluation of Thiazolidinediones on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review. The Journal for Nursing Practitioners 2009; 5: 176-184