Wayne State pharmacy makes the most of MPA ACE convention in Detroit

During the weekend of Feb. 23-25, the WSU Applebaum pharmacy community could be found a couple miles south of their usual Applebaum Building offices, classrooms and labs and they descended upon the Detroit Renaissance Center for the 2024 Michigan Pharmacists Association Annual Convention and Exposition.WSU student pharmacists

“The RenCen, standing tall against the Detroit skyline, has been witness to many incredible moments between MPA members, wrote WSU alum and MPA President Sarah Hill, PharmD ’10, in her welcome remarks. “From groundbreaking discussions on the future of pharmacy, to the forging of lasting connections, to programming that has changed the way we practice the profession we love so much.”

Wayne State pharmacy had much to celebrate during MPA ACE, including:

Michigan Pharmacy Foundation student scholarship recipients

Award winners

  • Fred W. Arnold Public Relations Award: Nada Farhat, PharmD ’15
  • Excellence in Innovation Award: Associate Clinical Professor Amber Lanae Martirosov
  • Ernie Koch Striving for Excellence Award: Jennifer Priziola, PharmD ’03JPJ and Shannon Habba

Pharmacy Hall of Honor inductees

Fellow of Michigan Pharmacy Association honoree


In addition to all the celebration, presentations on a range of topics were led by Pharmacy Practice faculty members:

On the first night of MPA ACE, WSU Applebaum hosted an Alumni and Friends Reception, where dozens of alumni, faculty and students reconnected and sparked new friendships, with a special presentation by LKS of their NABP/AACP grant reproductive health project, #PlanA.

Students also attended a range of workshops and presentations, competed against U-M and FSU in the NASPA/NMA Self-Care Competition, (hosted by Dr. Brittany Stewart) and networked with pharmacy professionals, making valuable career contacts. Experiences like this are in line with Wayne State’s College to Career initiative, which seeks to provide every student with experiential learning opportunities that allow them to encounter the world, gain deeper insights and new perspectives, and prepare for prosperous careers.WSU pharmacy

“MPA ACE is always a fantastic opportunity for students to immerse themselves in their chosen profession, for faculty to sharpen our skills and learn new information about an ever-evolving field, and for all of us to connect with alumni and friends in a setting that’s both educational and a lot of fun,” said WSU Associate Dean for Pharmacy Susan Davis. “I’m proud of everyone for representing our college and Wayne State in such stellar fashion, especially since WSU Applebaum is celebrating 100 years of pharmacy education in the heart of Detroit this year.”

Check out the MPA ACE Flickr album to see more event photos.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program at Wayne State University is a four-year curriculum in the heart of Detroit. Approximately 100 students are enrolled in each year of the program. WSU Applebaum information meetings for prospective students take place at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The application process for the Doctor of Pharmacy program begins each July.

An anchor in urban health care

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is built on more than 100 years of tradition and innovation in the heart of Detroit. We have grown deep roots in our city, harnessing its powerhouse hospital systems and community service organizations as vibrant, real-world training grounds for students, with an ongoing focus on social justice in health care. And our research at all levels – from undergraduates to veteran faculty members – translates into creative solutions for healthier communities.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering approximately 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 24,000 students.


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