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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, 2022

Dr. Krista Rompolski joins us for a Journal Club episode discussing a study regarding whether it's best to have a separate anatomy course followed by a physiology course, or to combine anatomy & physiology into an integrated two-semester sequence. We've all considered this question, haven't we? Now we have some data to discuss!

00:00 | Introduction

00:45 | Journal Club

02:46 | Summary of Article

07:23 | Long-Term Retention Sucks Either Way

19:39 | Sponsored by AAA

20:35 | Cover Everything?

33:33 | Sponsored by HAPI

34:44 | Detailing the Level of Detail

50:00 | Sponsored by HAPS

50:48 | What's Best?

54:27 | Staying Connected


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Journal Club

2 minutes

It's time for another Journal Club with Dr. Krista Rompolski!

Anatomy & Physiology: Combo or Split? | Journal Club with Krista Rompolski | TAPP 124


Summary of the Article

4.5 minutes

Krista briefly summarizes the key elements of the study that serves as the jumping-off point for this episode's discussion. All the facts, with no filler.

★ Student preference for course approach to pedagogically different methodologies in anatomy and physiology (article from Advances in Physiology Education)


Long-Term Retention Sucks Either Way

12.5 minutes

Which is better? Anatomy, then Physiology—or combined Anatomy & Physiology?> Let's face it, as Krista points out in this segment, long-term retention sucks either way. In this segment, we go beyond that rather flip gut reaction we can all identify with to some more profound ideas about what this study means for us.

Faculty Mindsets & Minority Student Achievement Gaps | Journal Club | TAPP 71 (episode referenced in this segment)


Sponsored by AAA

53 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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Captioned audiogram 

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

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Cover Everything?

13 minutes

Continuing the conversation in this segment, we wonder how much we should be teaching in our courses and whether integrated A&P courses allow us to "have it all" by allowing us to "remember less" because we can revisit important concepts later on, as needed. We also remind ourselves that we don't have to cover every objective recommended for the A&P course or that is in the textbook.

Actual Learning vs. Feeling of Learning | Journal Club Episode | TAPP 83 (episode referenced in this segment)

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Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

67 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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Detailing the Level of Detail

15 minutes

We explore the idea of the amount of content in the A&P course as "being easy" versus "being manageable." Is an overwhelming course really best for students? Or is the main goal to provide a foundation upon which students can slowly build after leaving our course?

★ General trends in skeletal muscle coverage in undergraduate human anatomy and anatomy and physiology courses (one of the studies from "the land of O'Loughlin" referenced in this episode)

★ Skeletal muscle coverage in undergraduate courses: a comparison of stand-alone human anatomy and anatomy and physiology (A&P) courses (another study from "the land of O'Loughlin)

★ “What Bones And Bony Features Are You Teaching Your Students?” A Survey Of Skeletal System Coverage In Undergraduate Human Anatomy And Physiology Courses (yep, another one)


Sponsored by HAPS

44 seconds

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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What's Best?

3.5 minutes

The definitive, immutable answer to the question of which is better, combined A&P or separate A and P.



Contributors: Krista Rompolski

Mentions: Jessica A Adams, Bryan M. Dewsbury, Valerie O'Loughlin

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



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