Dr Joyce LEE: New Clinical Practitioner Award recepient
The Faculty of Science is very proud to have Dr Joyce Lee from the Department of Pharmacy to be the first Asian to be awarded with the prestigious New Clinical Practitioner Award by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
Presented at the ACCP Annual Meeting held from 13 to 16 October 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the New Clinical Practitioner Award seeks to recognise the outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacy practice and patient care of one new clinical practitioner with less than six years of practice experience every year.
Holding joint appointments as a principal clinical pharmacist at the National Healthcare Group (NHG)Polyclinics/Pharmacy and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Dr Lee trains pharmacists to be ready in different practice settings and also pioneered and established several clinical services that are first in Singapore. This includes the Hypertension, Diabetes and Lipids Clinic (HDL-C), the first primary care multi-disease clinic which can be found in six NHG polyclinics, and the Cardiovascular Risk Management Clinic, the first multi-disease clinic established in a tertiary care setting in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Furthermore, Dr. Lee has also established a community-based medication therapy management service, also known as the Sweet Spot Programme, within the Unity pharmacies to reach out to the community dwelling elderly suffering from diabetes.
“I am deeply humbled to receive this award. This award will not be possible without the support from the clinicians whom I work with, and my team of pharmacists who strive to do their best for their patients,” said Dr Lee upon receiving the award.
She added, “I am also extremely grateful to my department at the Faculty of Science for their support and vision to advance the practice and research of clinical pharmacy in Asia. This award serves as a great encouragement and motivation for me to continue to give my best in teaching, practicing and researching for the best of my patients.”
Dr Lee’s research interests lie in chronic disease management with a focus in diabetes, patient care and education, setting up, maintaining and improving pharmacist-led ambulatory care clinics, and the prevalence of appropriateness in medication use and adverse drug events in special populations. She has presented her research at several international conferences including the Asia-Pacific Conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes in 2010, where she was awarded with the Best Poster Research Presentation. In addition, Dr. Lee’s Clinic Policies and Procedures Practice Management Manual was recently published in the 3rd edition of ACCP Ambulatory Care Pharamcist’s Survival Guide. Singapore represented the only foreign country to have its protocol being selected as the model guide for readers who wish to establish similar services.
Dr Joyce Lee at the ACCP Annual Meeting, receiving the New Clinical Practitioner Award from Dr. Curtis E. Haas, President of ACCP (2012-2013).
About the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP)
The American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) is a professional and scientific society that provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources enabling clinical pharmacists to achieve excellence in practice and research. ACCP's membership is composed of practitioners, scientists, educators, administrators, students, residents, fellows, and others committed to excellence in clinical pharmacy and patient pharmacotherapy. It is the largest national pharmacy organisation in the United States of America with 11,000 to 12,000 members being part of the professional organisation.