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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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Jun 15, 2020

Our second Journal Club episode pops in sooner than expected with a mind-blowing study that shows that when faculty believe that student ability is fixed (not flexible), under-represented minority students do not perform as well as in STEM courses taught by faculty with a growth mindset. Journal Club director Krista Rompolski joins Kevin for an important discussion.

  • 01:00 | Pandemic Teaching Book (please share!)
  • 02:12 | TAPP Journal Club with Krista Rompolski
  • 05:18 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 05:43 | Fixed & Growth Mindsets
  • 19:33 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 20:38 | Applying Mindsets to Teaching
  • 31:23 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 31:57 | Book Club: Mindset
  • 35:05 | Staying Connected

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The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives. (Carol S. Dweck)


Pandemic Teaching

1 minute

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  • Pandemic Teaching: A Survival Guide for College Faculty


Journal Club with Krista Rompolski

3 minutes

  • Krista Rompolski joins us for a second (and sooner-than-expected) segment of:
    The A&P Professor Journal Club
  • STEM faculty who believe ability is fixed have larger racial achievement gaps and inspire less student motivation in their classes (TAPP Journal Club article from Science Advances)

Cover of Science Advances journal Feb 2020


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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Fixed & Growth Mindsets

14 minutes

Kevin and Krista discuss their takes on the article. This wide ranging discussion visits many issues related to how a fixed mindset in faculty can adversely impact the learning of under-represented minority students when compared to a growth mindset—even  when considering factors such as experience, age, gender, color, and other faculty characteristics.

fixed mindset, growth mindset


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!

  • There's a virtual open house for the HAPI program on June 25, 2020, at 8 pm Eastern Time.
  • For general information about the HAPI program, go to:

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Applying Mindsets to Teaching

11 minutes

How can we use the information from the discussed article to inform our teaching and our lives? What steps can we take next?

Some additional links for consideration/discussion:

  • 27 Mistakes White Teachers of Black Students Make and How to Fix Them (blog post)
  • "I Don't See Color" Then you don't see me. (online article)
  • A simple exercise on belonging helps black college students years later (article)
  • 4 Ways That Scientists And Academics Can Effectively Combat Racism (article)

Growth Mindset


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.

Anatomy & Physiology Society

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Book Club

3 minutes

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
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    • Contribute YOUR book recommendation for A&P teachers!
      • Be sure include your reasons for recommending it
    • Any contribution used will receive a $25 gift certificate
    • The best contribution is one that you have recorded in your own voice (or in a voicemail at 1-833-LION-DEN)
  • For the complete list (and more) go to

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success


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