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Apr 22, 2019

Veteran HAPS member and President Emeritus Kevin Patton gives his advice on having the best experience at the HAPS Annual Conference. Includes call-ins from Jerry Anzalone and Mindi Fried, plus music from Greg Crowther. Extra-long bonus episode.

00:40 | Welcome
01:20 | Introduction to Kevin's Guide
06:27 | Sponsored by HAPS
07:19 | Way Before the Conference
11:23 | Just Before the Conference
26:42 | Sponsored by AAA
27:12 | Structure of the Conference
30:25 | Musical Interlude: Greg Crowther
33:29 | Update Days
48:22 |  Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
49:31 | Professional Development Approach
54:36 | Workshop Days (with Jerry Anzalone)
1:03:46| Mindi Calls In
1:06:08 | Other Stuff at the Meeting
1:11:31 | After the Conference


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1 | Welcome

1 minute

Yes, we've done this before—it was last year around this time. But this is an all-new, improved, and updated version for 2019. And this time, we have a couple of guests. And music. And more music. Dance, if you like (serving suggestion).

 Kevin's Unofficial Guide to the HAPS Annual Conference


2 | Introduction to Kevin's Guide

4.5 minutes

Okay, you don't really need a guide to the HAPS Annual Conference. These are just some extra tips for getting the most out of it.

  • Kevin's creds for creating this Guide:
    • Preparing for his 30th consecutive HAPS Annual Conference
    • President Emeritus, active committee member
    • Former Annual Conference Coordinator (1995) and Update Coordinator (2005)
  • There is an official guide, by the way. Go to and click on the Events tab.
  • Upcoming HAPS Annual Conferences:
    • 2019
      • Portland OR, May 22-26
      • University of Portland
    • 2020
      • Ottawa, Ontario May 23-27
      • University of Ottawa
    • 2021
      • Albuquerque NM, May 26-30
      • Central New Mexico Community College


3 | 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. AND mention your appreciation to the HAPS leadership while you are at the conference—or anytime that you communicate with them.

Anatomy & Physiology Society

 HAPS logo


4 | Way Before the Conference

4 minutes

Register for the conference (and the conference hotel) as early as possible to get the best rates.

Skelly is the cartoon skeleton mascot for the HAP Annual Conferences.

 HAPS 2019 logo


5 | Just Before the Conference

15.5 minutes

A few tips:

  • Get the app and register (search "HAPS 2019" in your device's app store)
  • Go to the HAPS website and get familiar with everything
    • Read up on the Update Speakers
    • Scan the workshops and start narrowing down choices
    • Get to know the staff and leadership (mentioned in Segment 4)
  • Get and bring business cards
  • Dress code
    • Casual (very casual, business casual, business attire, whatever)
    • Or get playful (like Jon Jackson) and wear something amazing (and anatomically correct)
  • Bring your historic HAPSwear (pins, hats, tee shirts, etc.)
    • HAPS conference pins available online or at the registration desk
    • The A&P Professor pins (available from Kevin at the conference)
  • Bring a small, packable item to donate to the HAPS fundraising auction
  • Save room to bring stuff back
    • Like the items you win at the HAPS fundraising auction
    • Samples, handouts, catalogs, souvenirs, etc.


6 | Sponsored by AAA

1 minute

The searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) at Their big meeting is in April at the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting in Orlando FL. Check it out!

 American Association of Anatomists

7 | Structure of the Conference

3 minutes

The basic plan

  • There are two "Update" days in the hotel.
    • Preceded by an Opening Reception
    • Update seminars
    • Exhibit hall is open
    • Fundraising auction
  • Then, two "Workshop" days at the host institution.
    • Includes committee meetings


8 | Musical Interlude: Greg Crowther

3 minutes

Greg Crowther, A&P professor and musician/composer shares a song he uses to welcome students to the A&P course. It's used here as a sort of welcome to the HAPS Annual conference.



9 | Update Days

15 minutes

  • Update seminars
  • Networking
    • Commit to meeting new people
      • Use the participant list from the HAPS conference app
      • Business cards
    • Opening reception
      • Tom Lehman's tee-shirt swap (bring a shirt from your institution, take a different one home)
      • TAPP pins (get one from Kevin)
    • First-timers Breakfast & Second-timers breakfast
    • Networking for introverted scientists (brief tips from Nature)
  • Exhibit hall
  • Poster presentations
  • Fundraising auction
  • General membership meeting

 TAPP pin

10 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1 minute

The Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!

There will be a HAPI table in the Exhibit Hall at the 2019 HAPS Annual Conference. Stop by and say hi!

 NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction

11 | Professional Development Approach

5 minutes

 Kevin's Law


12 | Workshop Days

9 minutes

  • Listen to what others are saying about hot topics, great presenters, cool demos, and other info before making your final choices.
  • Have a backup choice (or two) in case of cancellations or full workshops.
  • Kevin's workshop at the 2019 HAPS Annual Conference
    • Running Concept Lists: A Simple Strategy to Identify, Connect, and Apply Core Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology
    • Sunday May 26, Workshop B505, Room: Shiley (Hall) 319


13 | Mindi Calls In

2 minutes

Mindi Fried (Southern Vermont College) gives her perspective as a former first-timer looking forward to her second-timer experience at HAPS 2019.



14 | Other Stuff at the Meeting

5.5 minutes

  • Often, there are HAPS Institute (HAPS-I) courses available at the HAPS Annual Conference
  • Committee meetings
  • Field trips are often available (get on the mailing list, as slots do sometimes open)
  • Attendance prizes at the end of the second update day


15 | Another Musical Interlude

5 minutes

NOTE: this segment is only available in the YouTube version of this episode, available at

Greg Crowther, A&P professor and musician/composer shares another song: Myofibrils.

  • This parody (written by Greg Crowther) is sung to the tune of "My Sharona" (written by Doug Fieger and Burton Averre and performed by The Knack).
    • This song outlines the molecular mechanisms by which muscle cells contract. The major players include calcium, troponin, tropomyosin, actin, and myosin.
    • Lyrics, lesson plan, study questions, mp3 audio file, and music video are available at
  • Access Greg's music (lyrics to use with familiar melodies, original songs, audio files, sheet music, including some lesson plans & worksheets) to use in your A&P course.
  • Finding Media | Images and More for Teaching Anatomy & Physiology (list of media resources for teaching A&P; includes Greg's sources)


16 | After the Conference

3 minutes

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