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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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Oct 21, 2022

Teaching renal anatomy & physiology is tricky and sometimes difficult. In The Pee Episode I'll tell you how I know that for sure. Plus, I'll share some possible strategies for providing the clarity needed to avoid confusion and that unhelpful kind of frustration that sometimes accompanies the renal module in our course. And there's a song from Greg Crowther!

00:00 | Introduction

00:47 | Adventures With Tarzan

06:51 | Making Heads or Tails or Loops

20:32 | Sponsored by AAA

21:31 | Big Picture of Renal A&P

32:27 | Pee Values With Greg Crowther

34:34 | Sponsored by HAPI

35:39 | Scared?

41:39 | Sponsored by HAPS

42:33 | Urinalysis

50:17 | Staying Connected


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You’re the reason I get up in the morning. That, and I need to pee. (Darynda Jones)


Adventures With Tarzan

6 minutes

This segment introduces The Pee Episode with a story about an ape. It's about pee, but also about the role of an empathetic teacher.

The Poop Episode | Using Fecal Changes to Monitor Health | TAPP 121

Fonts, Syllabi, and Poop | TAPP 123

Are You a Warm Demander? | TAPP 115

★ The Inclusive Anatomy & Physiology Course | Part 2 | 8 More Tips to Include All | TAPP 109

The Pee Episode | TAPP 125

Making Heads or Tails or Loops

13.5 minutes

Kevin "proves" that renal A&P is hard to understand, learn, and teach. Using the countercurrent mechanisms as examples, he demonstrates his point AND gives some tips on making things work better for students. And of course, storytelling enters into the discussion. A note from the HAPS Learning Outcomes tells us that sometimes less is more.

The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

Revisiting A&P Learning Outcomes | Episode 54


Sponsored by AAA

56 seconds

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!

AAA logo


Big Picture of Renal A&P

11 minutes

Here's an example of condensing the story of urine formation into a brief "big picture." Kevin shares a playful story that shows how filtration, reabsorption, and secretion are not as weird a way to balance the blood as they  may seem at first.

★ Survival Guide for Anatomy & Physiology (Kevin's handy manual for A&P students, it includes analogies like the one shared in this segment)

The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

Playful & Serious Is the Perfect Combo for A&P | Episode 13

Should We Extend Deadlines? | Models & Color Codes | TAPP 112


Pee Values with Greg Crowther

2 minutes

A brief musical interlude featuring the music of A&P instructor and STEM music composer Greg Crowther. This selection helps students remember the simplified "big picture" outlined in the previous segment.

Quickly Moving to Remote Delivery—The Musical | Bonus Episode 64b (features a Crowther song)

Kevins Unofficial Guide to the HAPS Annual Conference | 2019 Edition | Episode 42 (features a Crowther song)

Test Question Templates Help Students Learn | TAPP 70

★ Greg Crowther's catalog of urinary system songs

★ Pee Values mp3 sound file

★ Pee Values music video

★ Pee Values sheet music

★ Pee Values karaoke

★ Pee Values study guide & lyrics


Solutes in the plasma may be lost in the urine.
(Push some solutes out; pull some solutes back!)
They're governed by a formula that's well worth learnin'.
(Push some solutes out; pull some solutes back!)
Three different processes control what you're releasin':
Filtration plus secretion minus reabsorption is excretion.
(Push some solutes out; pull some solutes back!)
(Push some solutes out; pull some back!)
[music & lyrics by Greg Crowther; used by permission]


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

62 seconds

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


6 minutes

Yep, another story. This one illustrates why we might pee our pants if we're really scared.

★ Can You Be Scared Enough To Pee Your Pants? (Slate article giving some insights and possible explanations)

★ Why Do You Have to Pee When You're Nervous? (gives some alternative explanations of peeing when scared, clarifying that it's not a settled story; from LiveScience)


Sponsored by HAPS

50 seconds

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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7.5 minutes

What?! Another story from the olden days? Yep, and this one talks about how urine is an important indicator of health and disease.  Regarding the story... please do not try this in your lab course!

★ Urinalysis - StatPearls (nice summary of urinalysis)



Contributors: Greg Crowther (music)

Mentions: Dee Silverthorn, Jennifer Lundmark, Wayne [Buchanan]

Production: Aileen Park (announcer), Andrés Rodriguez (theme composer,  recording artist), team (transcription), Kevin Patton (writer, editor, producer, host)



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