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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 26, 2020

The news is out: we have a new organ that's been uncovered in the body. Or do we? What's the secret language of A&P? And should we be telling people?! Host Kevin Patton continues his story of cellular respiration with another playful analogy.

  • 00:48 | Word Dissection
  • 04:58 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 06:23 | New Organ
  • 14:41 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 15:38 | Secret Language of A&P
  • 20:19 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 21:05 | Dam Protons
  • 32:05 | Staying Connected

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Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate. (Seneca)

Word Dissection

4 minutes

We start with a brief word dissection of a term that Kevin proposes to use someday as a pseudonym.

  • Torus tubarius

trumpet being played


Sponsored by AAA

1.5 minutes

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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New Organ

8 minutes

A recent paper proposes the existence of a new organ—the paired tubarial salivary gland. It's suggested that this be added as a major salivary gland along with the parotid, submandibular, and submaxillary salivary glands.

tubarial salivary gland surrounding pharyngeal opening of auditory tube


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!

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


Secret Language of A&P

4.5 minutes

Another one of those playful little games that Kevin plays with his students. Or is it only a game?

outline of character signaling silence or secret


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. Watch for virtual town hall meetings and upcoming regional meetings!

Anatomy & Physiology Society

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Those Dam Protons

11 minutes

Host Kevin Patton follows up on his analogy about cellular respiration mentioned in the last episode—Krebs Cycle: The Horror. After summarizing the Krebs Cycle story (no! not the Krebs Cycle!), he briefly outlines the sequel featuring those dam protons.

water wheel


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