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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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May 4, 2020

Retrieval practice has strong evidence of its power in learning. Host Kevin Patton tells part of the story of his journey in making online retrieval practice a central part of his courses. Also, we reveal the new TAPP Journal Club with Krista Rompolski! Oh yeah—don't forget to share the new Pandemic Teaching eBook with colleagues.

00:52 | TAPP Journal Club with Krista Rompolski
03:14 | Sponsored by AAA
04:06 | Revisiting Retrieval Practice
07:32 | Sponsored by HAPI
08:36 | Open-book & Untimed & BEARS—oh my!
15:12 | Sponsored by HAPS
16:12 | Recipe for Success
20:14 | Sponsored by ADInstruments
21:35 | Mix Ingredients
28:36 | Icing & Decorations
33:21 | Pandemic Teaching Book (please share!)
34:56 | Staying Connected

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I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. (Bruce Lee)


New! TAPP Journal Club

2.5 minutes

  • Krista Rompolski will soon be hosting a new segment: The A&P Professor Journal Club
  • If you want a sneak peek, here's a journal article we'll likely be discussing in an upcoming episode
    • The Effect of Content Delivery Style on Student Performance in Anatomy (article from Anatomical Science Education)
    • Call in (or send in an audio file) with your comments on this article, and we may be able to include it in the TAPP Journal Club
  • Peer review of this podcast
    • I need to know which features are working for you and which are not. Please take FIVE minutes to give me some honest and constructive feedback in the anonymous survey from Podtrac (a "blind" third-party podcast-analysis firm):



Sponsored by AAA

1 minute

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

Searchable transcript

Captioned audiogram 

Want some microscopic images to use in your course? Try the Virtual Microscopy Database (VMD)—free for AAA members and nonmembers alike! (just click the Resources tab)

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

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Revisiting Retrieval Practice

3.5 minutes

Retrieval practice was the topic of the very first episode of this podcast. Now it's time to revisit it.

spaced retrieval practice


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1 minute

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. Check it out!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Open-book & Untimed & BEARS—oh my!

6.5 minutes

Open-book, untimed tests, delivered online and only one question at time seems weird. It IS weird. But it works!

  • Why Open-book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses (article from Faculty Focus)

man with book at a computer


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

Anatomy & Physiology Society

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Recipe for Success!

4 minutes

Here's Kevin's recipe for making retrieval practice work for him. You can use it to create your own recipe, eh?

baking bread


Offer from ADInstruments

1.5 minutes

Episode sponsor ADInstruments is offering their  Lt online learning platform with content for laboratory solutions in physiology, anatomy, and biology free at this time to help professors get ready-to-go, quality online lab experiences quickly.

🡲 Just go to to get this offer.
And tell 'em The A&P Professor podcast is where you heard about it!

If you want to check out the possibilities for your course, check out the weekly live Lt workshops at

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Mix Ingredients

4 minutes

Putting together the main ingredients.

Testing As Teaching


Icing and Decorations

4.5 minutes

It's not just randomized question sets. There's the pre-tests and the cumulative testing—the icing and decorations!



Pandemic Teaching

1.5 minutes

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      • AND can you share at least one post on social media? (or re-share one of our posts about the book at @theAPprofessor or @LionTamersGuide )
  • Pandemic Teaching: A Survival Guide for College Faculty

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