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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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Oct 5, 2021

Can you believe it? Even more questions about my wacky testing scheme are answered in this episode—this time regarding stats demonstrating effectiveness of these strategies. I also talk about gray hair turning brown, naturally, why we do NOT want our students to master A&P concepts, and why we want to become the hippocampus. One of the weirdest episodes yet!

00:00 | Introduction

00:42 | Growing in Kindness

10:02 | Sponsored by AAA

10:52 | We Are the Hippocampus

17:03| Sponsored by HAPI

17:46 | Turn My Gray Hair Brown

22:39 | Sponsored by HAPS

23:18 | Online Testing: Effectiveness Data

50:16 | Staying Connected


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Growing in Kindness

9.5 minutes

Following up on a theme about being sensitive and accurate in our terminology introduced in Episode 101, Kevin discusses wrestling with the term master and its derivatives such as mastery. This is part of his efforts at becoming a kinder, more compassionate, and more empathetic teacher.

Even MORE Test Answers | Normal Body Temperature? | TAPP 101

★ Racist Computer Engineering Words: ‘Master,’ ‘Slave’ and the Fight Over Offensive Terms - The New York Times (article about controversy surrounding potentially offensive terminology)

★ Let’s dump master-slave terms: they’re vague, horrible, and we’re better off without them (article about the controversy that examines alternatives)


Sponsored by AAA

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A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at

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Don't forget—HAPS members get a deep discount on AAA membership!

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We Are the Hippocampus

6 minutes

New information about the functions of the hippocampus suggest that it helps us link together memories to form a kind of narrative in our minds. Likewise, the A&P instructor helps students connect together seemingly distant concepts into a coherent narrative. Let's be the hippocampus!

The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

★ Hippocampus Is the Brain’s Storyteller - Neuroscience News (summary of recent discovery)

★ The hippocampus constructs narrative memories across distant events: Current Biology (research article about the discovery)


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

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The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers, especially for those who already have a graduate/professional degree. 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 be your best in both on-campus and remote teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

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Turn My Gray Hair Brown

3 minutes

We know all too well that our hairs can turn from their natural color to white, giving the overall appearance of patches of gray hair. We also know that stress can be cause of that transformation. New research shows that in some people, a period of non-stress can allow some white hairs to return to their natural color. What?!

Making Mistakes Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 63 (includes segment on how stress causes graying of hair)

★ Gray Hair Can Return to Its Original Color--and Stress Is Involved, of Course - Scientific American (feature article summarizing new information on hair gray-reversal)

★ Quantitative mapping of human hair greying and reversal in relation to life stress | eLife (research article outlining the discovery)


Sponsored by HAPS

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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. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!

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Online Testing: Effectiveness Data

27 minutes

All kinds of practical tips on using randomized tests, why we (especially) need transparency when using them, making test items, formats, student-generated test items, and more.

Quizzed About Tests | FAQs About Patton Test Strategies | TAPP 99

More Quizzing About Kevin's Wacky Testing Scheme | Book Club | TAPP 100

Even MORE Test Answers | Normal Body Temperature? | TAPP 101

Testing as Teaching (seminar) 

★ ★ This is an updated & re-recorded version of the invited conference paper Testing as Teaching Co-Medical Anatomy: A Practical View (Anatomical Science International 79 p. 188) presented at the 16th International Conference of the IFAA (Kyoto, Japan) in 2002.


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