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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. 

Have a question, comment, or an idea for an episode you'd like to hear—or in which you would like to participate or help plan? Contact host Kevin Patton. Or call the podcast hotline at 1-833-LION-DEN (1-833-546-6336).

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Mar 26, 2018

Learning the bones and markings of the skeleton is hard—and so is teaching it. Learn some strategies that work! What are peripersonal neurons and what is their function? Try out the new Alexa skill for this podcast.

New Alexa skill for this podcast! (3.5 min)
Free media from the National Science Foundation. (1.5 min)
Tips for teaching the skeleton. (15.5 min)

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(1:25) If you use an Alexa-enabled device, you can now enable "the a. p. professor podcast" Alexa skill to listen to any episode, navigate within episodes, and save your place for your next listening session. Just keep this in mind when you do eventually join this growing trend!

  • Enable the Alexa skill (Kevin's instructions on how to enable and use the new skill for this podcast; include a video)
  • Alexa skill (Amazon's page for this Alexa skill)
  • Alexa-enabled devices (Amazon's devices that use Alexa skills; purchases made through this link help fund this podcast)

(4:41) A huge library of science photos, videos, audio, and other objects you can use in your course—from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

(6:56) Learning the bones and bone markings of the skeleton can be an early, scary experience for A&P students. How can we prepare and support them to learn the skeleton effectively—and learn skills to help them in their continuing studies of human anatomy?

  • Bone Names (Kevin's tip page for A&P students; located in the Lion Den website)
    • Short URL (to provide to students) is
    • Provides a brief intro to bone naming and how that helps a student learn bones and markings
    • Provides 2 videos that walk students through the process of understanding bone names as a method of learning
    • Contains highlighted links to helpful lists
      • Lists are available as a docx or PDF "handouts" to use for study
      • Lists are also available as an interactive table on the web (can be sorted)
      • Access to lists requires a free registration in the Lion Den website
  • Skeletal Posts (from Kevin's blog The A&P Student, includes all advice for students on studying the skeleton)

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