Vital directions for pharmacy education and practice: report of the 2017-18 argus commission

J. Lyle Bootman, Cynthia J. Boyle, Patricia Chase, Joseph T. Dipiro, Peggy Piascik, Lucinda L. Maine

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. The Argus Commission examined the National Academy of Medicine’s publication “Vital Directions for Health and Health Care” and engaged with six guests from outside academic pharmacy to identify the salience of the key issues and recommendations for pharmacy education and practice. To be part of the changing health care system we must prepare graduates and faculty to be patient-and community-centered, to command electronic systems of communication with members of interprofessional teams and to create and apply real-world evidence. Sustainable practice models will depend upon the measurement of performance and the assessment of the value produced by clinicians. To that end, the Commission advances a proposed policy related to the knowledge graduates must possess in key areas, including informatics, data analytics, genomics and value-based payment schemes. This will require new forms of faculty development and engagement between AACP members and their communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7161
Pages (from-to)874-884
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2018


  • Informatics
  • KEY TERMS: Health policy
  • Patient-centered
  • Quality measures
  • Real-world evidence
  • Value-based payments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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