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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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Nov 2, 2022

We list ten things that we often forget to tell—or remind—our students about cells. We learn how to create a peaceful forest-like retreat in our office using soundscapes, I get my winter shorts ready (seriously), and Margaret Reece comments about teaching urinary concepts. That last topic spurs a rant from Kevin on diversity of course sections.

00:00 | Introduction

00:56 | Pee Again

07:46 | A Forest in My Office

13:54 | Sponsored by AAA

14:27 | Getting Out My Winter Shorts

17:31 | Sponsored by HAPI

18:02 | Things We Forget to Tell Students About Cells

33:45 | Sponsored by HAPS

34:20 | More Things We Forget to Tell Students About Cells

50:02 | Staying Connected


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It is the cells which create and maintain in us, during the span of our lives, our will to live and survive, to search and experiment, and to struggle. (Albert Claude)


Pee Again

7 minutes

Reacting to The Pee Episode (TAPP 125), Dr. Margaret Reece explains why she thinks the urinary system could be covered far earlier in the anatomy and physiology course than is typical. Kevin then takes off on that idea, suggesting that we should encourage differences among sections of the same course taught at the same time in a single institution.

The Proper Order of Topics in A&P | Leaderboards | Student Frustration | TAPP 88

The Pee Episode | Teaching Urinary & Renal Concepts | TAPP 125

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

Taking Bold Steps in Teaching | Notetaking | Science Updates | TAPP 90

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Ten Things We Forget to Tell Students About Cells | A Forest in My Office | TAPP 126

 A Forest in My Office

6 minutes

Kevin shares a story about how a soundscape at an anatomy conference in Kyoto gave him the idea to turn his office into a forestlike peaceful retreat to return to after class and other activities.

★ Birdsongs alleviate anxiety and paranoia in healthy participants (research article from Scientific Reports)

★ Dean Martin That's Amore (song or book)

★ International Federation of Associations of Anatomists IFAA (article listing 2004 Kyoto XVI Congress)

★ Testing as Teaching Co-Medical Anatomy: A Practical View (the paper I presented in Kyoto)

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

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


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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Getting Out My Winter Shorts

3 minutes

Kevin announces that the next few episodes will be short episodes—remixes of just one or two segments gleaned from the last five years of The A&P Professor podcast. This will give Kevin the break he needs to generate the psychic energy needed for the spectacular predictions for the year in the next full episode coming in late January.

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Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

29 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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Things We Forget to Tell Students About Cells

15.5 minutes

Here, we outline four (of ten) things that we sometimes under-emphasize to students in our A&P course when discussing cells:

★ Cell diagrams & stained specimens are best thought of as cartoons. They are simplified.

★ Cells are not multicolored, as they are often represented. They are transparent.

★ A fuller concept of the cytoskeleton

★ Molecular motors, which are part of the cytoskeleton, are the movers of cells.

This segment mentions the mind's eye of students, which is not well developed in all students.

Minding the Mind's Eye in Slides | Feedback on Abortion Misconceptions | TAPP 119


Sponsored by HAPS

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More Things We Forget to Tell Students About Cells

15.5 minutes

We finish our list of ten things that we often forget to keep in front of students as they struggle to understand cells and their characteristics.

★ Cells interact with the intracellular matrix (ECM).

★ Things are really, really, really—really—crowded inside cells. And this is a good thing.

★ Cells are not water balloons. Not exactly. Maybe a chunk of Jello covered in butter is a good supplemental example.

★ Cell processes don't happen in steps. Steps happen in explanations, not in the continous flow of living processes.

★ Cells make mistakes. All the time. Some are tragic; some are not.

★ Cells can take care of (many) mistakes.



Contributors: Margaret Reece

Production: Aileen Park (announcer), Andrés Rodriguez (theme composer,  recording artist), team (transcription), Kevin Patton (writer, editor, producer, host)


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