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The A&P Professor Podcast
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Content updates and teaching advice for teachers of human anatomy & physiology (A&P) from professor, author, and mentor Kevin Patton. 

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Jan 13, 2020

The conversation about flashcards continues in this third of three series about helping our students use retrieval practice in A&P. Advanced methods include stars & emojis, multiple cards, plus concept lists & maps. We remember stress expert Bruce McEwen and introduce our new sponsor: ADInstruments.

00:45 | Bruce S. McEwan
03:59 | Sponsored by AAA
04:40 | Flashcards: Stars & Emojis
15:07 | Sponsored by ADInstruments
19:25 | Flashcards: Multiples & Spinning
27:20 | Sponsored by HAPI
28:00 |  Flashcards: Concept Lists & Maps
37:05 | Sponsored by HAPS
37:49 | Survey Says...
39:13 | Staying Connected

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Bruce S. McEwen

3 minutes

Bruce S. McEwen, renowned stress expert, died recently. This segment pays tribute to his contributions.

  • The Rockefeller University » Neuroscientist Bruce McEwen, who studied the impact of stress on the brain, has died (obituary)
  • Mechanisms of stress in the brain (review article authored by McEwen, et al.)
  • The Brain on Stress: Toward an Integrative Approach to Brain, Body and Behavior (perspectives article by McEwen)
  • The End of Stress as We Know It (McEwen's book)

the end of stress as we know it


Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

AAA logo


Flashcards | Stars & Emojis

10.5 minutes

  • Required prerequisites (we want you to succeed)
  • A star, or other symbol—or even an emoji—can be used to code flashcards by:
    • Star referred to as "five-sided" is a pentagram that can also be described as "five-pointed"
      • It doesn't have to be a star. For me, it does—because I still fear being hit by a chalkboard eraser.
    • Importance/priority of study (for test) 
    • Topic or type of flashcards
  • Using symbols can promote the practice of prioritizing learning tasks by prioritizing knowledge, making it a metacognitive habit
  • Is it time to start using the emoji in biomedical literature? | The BMJ (umm, a journal article)



Sponsored by ADInstruments (NEW SPONSOR)

4.5 minutes

The A&P Professor podcast has a NEW SPONSOR:

ADInstruments provides the PowerLab data acquisition systems, Lt online learning platform, and content for laboratory solutions in physiology, anatomy, and biology. They support engaging, hands-on learning with simple set-up and high quality data.

🡲 From now to March 2020, ADInstruments is offering 10% off select solutions for our podcast listeners. Go to the URL below and use the lab solution builder and remember to mention this podcast on any webform to get the discount.

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Flashcards | Multiples & Spinning

8 minutes

spin class


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

0.5 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in contemporary instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Flashcards | Concept Lists & Maps

9 minutes

Flashcard concept map


Sponsored by HAPS

1 minute

The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast.  You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there. Don't forget the HAPS Awards, which provide assistance for participating in the HAPS Annual Conference.

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Survey Says...

1.5 minute

  • Please take about 5 minutes to answer some questions—it will really help improve this podcast!



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