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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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Sep 8, 2022

Veteran A&P educator and reproduction researcher Dr. Margaret Reece joins host Kevin Patton to talk about challenges of teaching human reproduction and development. Reece also briefly discusses her online resources ( and her experiences in helping overwhelmed A&P students succeed in their studies.

00:00 | Introduction

00:43 | Reproductive Biology

08:13 | Sponsored by AAA

08:58 | Ultrasound & Reproductive Biology

20:25 | Sponsored by HAPI

21:13 | Basic Science

35:27 | Sponsored by HAPS

36:33 | Medical Science Navigator

50:19 | Staying Connected


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Reproductive Biology

8 minutes

We meet Dr. Margaret Reece, former zoo biology researcher (primate/human reproduction) and veteran anatomy & physiology faculty.

★ About Margaret Reece (from her website)

★ The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1977 (Guillemin, Schally, Yalow—laureates mentioned in this segment)

★ Human Pregnancy: Zygote to Embryo to Fetus (blog post mentioned in this segment)

Teaching Human Reproduction | A Chat with Margaret Reece | TAPP 122

Sponsored by AAA

42 seconds

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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Ultrasound & Problem Pregnancy

11.5 minutes

Margaret Reece emphasizes the role of ultrasound in discovering facts about early human development. She also tells the story of an interesting ultrasound event she attended early in her career. Margaret also shares her personal story of a pregnancy problem.

★ A Short History of Sonography in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (from ObGyn journal)

★ Molar Pregnancy (an overview from Mayo Clinic)

★ Ectopic Pregnancy (an overview from Mayo Clinic)

★ Abortion (from National Women's Health Network)


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

21 seconds

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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Basic Science

14 minutes

Dr. Reece discusses the process of determining what is appropriate coverage of basic science and clinical applications in the A&P course. She also emphasizes that processes of life appear in many different organisms. And, well, things are complicated.

★ Who Was Carl Sagan? (For those who missed the phenomenon that was Carl Sagan; from National Geographic)


Sponsored by HAPS

36 seconds

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HAPS Book Club Fall 2022:
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Medical Science Navigator

14 minutes

Margaret Reece has a website for A&P students who may feel overwhelmed with their learning tasks. It's great for faculty, too!

★ Medical Science Navigator—Help for Anatomy and Physiology Students (Margaret Reece's website)

★ 30-Day Challenge: Craft Your Plan for Learning Physiology ("A simple formula for getting past your anxiety that human physiology is too hard to learn!")

★ Free Strategy Blueprint: Chart Your Course to an 'A' in Anatomy & Physiology (include three-week email course)



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