Issac Lim

Issac is a social scientist with training in education, organizational behavior, and sociology.

His research seeks to answer the question of how healthcare institutions can prepare healthcare professionals to care for future populations, and straddles the fields of health professions education, health services delivery, interprofessional teams, and workplace learning.

He established the research unit, Health Outcomes and Medical Education Research in Singapore’s National Healthcare Group (NHG) in 2011, which he has led since. He adopts an eclectic approach to research, frequently combining conceptual and methodological tools with diverse epistemologies to solve practical and theoretical puzzles.

To date, his research work has been showcased at numerous international conferences, in which he received several best poster and oral presentation awards. Additionally, he reviews for journals such as BMC Nursing, Medical Education, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and Journal of Interprofessional Care.

At NHG, he received the Critical Talent Special Recognition Award, and was selected for the Inspiring SEAL Leadership Training Program to be equipped for leading strategic initiatives to confront current and future challenges in Singapore’s healthcare system. He is a member of NHG’s Interprofessional Leadership Program’s Working Committee and a board member of UK’s Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education.

Previously, he completed graduate work at the National University of Singapore (M.Sc. in Management) and Stanford University (M.A. in Sociology & M.S. in Management Science & Engineering) where he received the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship.


Thesis working title:
Preparing the healthcare workforce for interprofessional care: A cultural historical activity theory (CHAT) perspective

Professor Harry Daniels and Dr Ian Thompson

Research interests:
Health professions education, health services delivery, interprofessional teams, and workplace learning.


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • Wolfson College

Research groups

  • OSAT