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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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Feb 1, 2022

As anatomy and physiology faculty, we put a lot of effort into developing strategies for learning the core concepts of human biology. It's easy to forget to build in some inclusive strategies that help all students grow and succeed. In this first of two episode, host Kevin Patton begins a list of simple and effective ways to make our A&P course more inclusive.

00:00 | Introduction

00:46 | The Inclusive Course

04:45 | 1. Reflect Diversity

12:21 | 2. Accessible Resources

21:06 | Sponsored by AAA

21:52 | 3. Inclusive Syllabus

26:03 | 4. Use Inclusive Language

30:25 | Sponsored by HAPI

31:30 | 5. Gender Pronouns

34:09 | 6. Use Preferred Names

40:47 | Sponsored by HAPS

41:40 | 7. Small Group Introductions

46:26 | Staying Connected


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The Inclusive Course

4 minutes

This episode—and the next one—discuss a large basket of practical ways we can make our anatomy and physiology course more inclusive.

★ Association of College & University Eductators (ACUE) toolkit (various resources for the inclusive course)

★ ADVANCING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN HIGHER EDUCATION (report on benefits of making courses inclusive)

collage of varied faces with text: The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 1 | TAPP 108


1. Reflect Diversity

7.5 minutes

Think about how we can reflect diversity in our society and in our world.

★ ACUE toolkit #1 (resources related to this tip)

Finding Media | Images and More for Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

★ Mind The Gap: Black and Brown Skin (example from the TAPP Finding Media page)


2. Accessible Resources

7.5 minutes

Are our resources accessible to all students—and not just those students in our course right now?

★ ACUE toolkit #2 (resources related to this tip)

★ Episode page transcript link (for this episode)

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Sponsored by AAA

1 minute

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

Searchable transcript

Captioned audiogram 

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

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3. Inclusive Syllabus

4 minutes

Are there opportunities in our syllabus to be more inclusive?

★ ACUE toolkit #3 (resources related to this tip)

The Syllabus Special | TAPP 75 (includes discussion of Test Zero)

★ Diversity Statement On a Syllabus (one of many how-to articles available to help you)

★ Kevin's syllabus (my Pre-A&P syllabus has a number of features that promote inclusion; did I miss something? If so, let me know!)

★ Kevin's pronoun page (every time I use (he/him), including my syllabus, I link it to this page)


4. Use Inclusive Language

4.5 minutes

Our language is evolving to be more inclusive—both in science and in society at large. Keeping up with and using inclusive language makes our course more inclusive.

★ ACUE toolkit #4 (resources related to this tip)

★ Doing the Work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (my essay on inclusion in textbboks)


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 at Northeast College of Health Sciences. Check it out!

Logo of Northeast College of Health Sciences, Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction


5. Gender Pronouns

2.5 minutes

Using our preferred gender pronouns invites students to be their authentic selves in our course.

★ ACUE toolkit #5 (resources related to this tip)

More on Eponyms in A&P Terminology | Episode 41 (episode where I discuss preferred pronouns)

★ Kevin's pronoun page (every time I use (he/him) I link it to this page)


6. Use Preferred Names

6.5 minutes

Using a student's preferred name—not necessarily the one on the roster and not necessarily the version we can pronounce more easily—values a student's personal identity and therefore improves inclusion in our course. Preferred pronunciation of their name is important, too.

★ ACUE toolkit #6 (resources related to this tip)
Ep 41

More on Eponyms in A&P Terminology | Episode 41 (episode where I discuss using personal names)


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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7. Small Group Introductions

5 minutes

Starting the course with opportunities for students to introduce themselves in small groups can jumpstart the building of an inclusive course culture.

★ ACUE toolkit #7 (resources related to this tip)

The Syllabus Special | TAPP 75 (where I describe my first-day, small-group introduction activity)

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