WSU Applebaum Medical Laboratory Science and Pathologists' Assistant programs collaborate for interprofessional instruction

 On Jan. 10, 2024, two Wayne State University Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences programs teamed up to host an interprofessional event. The session deepened the connection between the Medical Laboratory Science program and the Pathologists' Assistant program, both of which are housed in WSU Applebaum's Mortuary Science Building.

PAA Program Director Lou Kramer, PAA Laboratory Supervisor Miranda Kolatski and PAA student Adrian Kwok joined Assistant Clinical Professor of MLS MaryAnne Stewart to discuss teaching anatomy to MLS students from a PAA perspective, with a hematology focus.

The session included multiple stations — led by Kramer, Kolatski and Kwok — to help describe the body differently. The demonstration also showcased the new SIM cadavers that the PAA program uses for teaching.

MLS and PAA IPE event

MLS and PAA IPE event

MLS and PAA IPE event

This experience and other IPE sessions help Wayne State students practice critical communication and knowledge transfer skills between professions that will ultimately benefit patients in the health care setting.

Established in 1989, the WSU Applebaum Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant program is one of only 13 in the United States and Canada accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) to train students in the highly specialized field of anatomic pathology. Information meetings for prospective students take place at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The application deadline is Jan. 15, and all prerequisite coursework must be complete by Dec. 30.

The bachelor of science in Medical Laboratory Science is offered through Wayne State’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with an application deadline of May 1. Medical laboratory scientists work behind the scenes to provide critical information to doctors through medical tests. In fact, lab results inform more than 70% of diagnoses, allowing doctors to tailor treatment plans and therapies to each patient. Medical laboratory scientists may also pursue careers in medical information systems technology, research and design new testing methods, or go on to medical school.

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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