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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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Jul 1, 2019

Host Kevin Patton discusses the human microbial system and how he approaches it in the A&P course. A plea for your nomination to the People's Choice Podcast Awards. How we can prepare ourselves for the age of artificial intelligence in teaching.

00:50 | Teachers vs. Robots
14:29 | Sponsored by HAPS
14:57 | Podcast Award Nomination
15:50 | Sponsored by AAA
16:13 | Featured: The Human Microbial System
29:50 |  Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
30:21 | Special Episodes Coming!

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1 | Teachers vs. Robots | AI in Teaching

13.5 minutes

Artificial intelligence (AI) is seen by some as the emerging technology to replace teachers. Really? How should we respond?



2 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

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

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3 | Podcast Award Nomination

1 minute

The A&P Professor podcast needs additional nominations to get to the next round of The People's Choice Podcast Awards. Lot more. Will you please take a moment to nominate this podcast? And ask your friends and relatives, even strangers, to also nominate us?


 Podcast Award


4 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 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


5 | The Human Microbial System

13.5 minutes

The human microbiome is rapidly emerging as an important character in the story of human structure and function. Perhaps we should start thinking of it alongside the other major systems of the body—as the human microbial system (HMS).

  • Encyclopedia of Ecology (definition of niche)
  • The Integrative Human Microbiome Project (a brief overview from Nature)
  • Resources in the special collection from Nature:
    • Milestones in human microbiota research (timeline)
    • Human Microbiome Project, part 2 (list of articles)
    • Longitudinal multi-omics of host–microbe dynamics in prediabetes (article)
    • The Integrative Human Microbiome Project (perspective article)
    • Racioethnic diversity in the dynamics of the vaginal microbiome during pregnancy (article)
  • Meta-omics analysis of elite athletes identifies a performance-enhancing microbe that functions via lactate metabolism (research article)
    • Working out the bugs: microbial modulation of athletic performance (related overview)
  • Google NGram Viewer (chart showing frequency of term microbiome in all books indexed by Google 1970-2008)



6 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

0.5 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!


 NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction


7 | Special Series of Episodes

2.5 minutes

The next few episodes will be super, spectacular, and special. So I'm calling them "specials" just like the grownups in the media world do.

These specials will be single-topic-ish recasts of some of the major themes from the past 18 months of this podcast. A mix of old and new. But mostly, the classic stuff that we'll benefit from reviewing and reflecting upon.

Hold onto your seats, this is going to be a blast!

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