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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 15, 2020

What causes Zoom fatigue and how can we prevent it? Host Kevin Patton tackles that as well as another nasty effect of pandemic teaching: stress cardiomyopathy. Plus updates in sensory physiology, the value of keeping skill lists, and the Book Club recommends Chris Jarmey's Concise Book of Muscles.

  • 00:40 | Updating Our Skill Lists
  • 01:59 | Updates in Sensory Physiology
  • 07:30 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 08:05 | Book Club: The Concise Book of Muscles
  • 12:05 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 14:26 | Zoom Fatigue
  • 29:11 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 30:06 | Pandemic Heart: Stress Cardiomyopathy
  • 39:48 | Staying Connected

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The heart was made to be broken. (Oscar Wilde)


Updating Our Skill Lists

1.5 minutes

Anatomy professor Amanda Meyer reminded us on Twitter that pandemic teaching has given us a lot of new skills that we should be adding to our skill list in our curriculum vitae (CV).

Skill list


Updates in Sensory Physiology

5.5 minutes

A few content updates to spice up our teaching.

  • Is "water" a primary taste in mammals?
    • Scientists discover a sixth sense on the tongue—for water (summary of research)
    • The cellular mechanism for water detection in the mammalian taste system (research paper)
  • Do we need cold receptors to feel warmth?
  • Can you hear  your tensor tympani?
    • Some People Can Make a Roaring Sound in Their Ears Just by Tensing a Muscle (brief news article)
    • Voluntary contraction of the tensor tympani muscle and its audiometric effects (case study)

tensor tympani muscle


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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Book Club

4 minutes

  • The Concise Book of Muscles
  • For the complete list (and more) go to
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    • Contribute YOUR book recommendation for A&P teachers!
      • Be sure include your reasons for recommending it
    • Any contribution used will receive a $25 gift certificate
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  • For the complete list (and more) go to

The Concise Book of Muscles


Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

2.5 minutes

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


Zoom Fatigue

15 minutes

Zoom meetings, webinars, classes, etc., make me tired just thinking about them. I think this is part of Zoom fatigue, that exhaustion we feel from participating in video meetings. Here's a discussion of what Zoom fatigue is and how to combat it. I'm thinking of hosting a virtual telethon to support finding a cure. You in?

  • How to Combat Zoom Fatigue (article talked about in this segment)
  • Zoom fatigue is real — here’s why video calls are so draining (brief article)
  • 'Zoom fatigue,' explained by researchers (brief article)

cartoon showing a web meeting


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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Pandemic Heart

10 minutes

I'm calling it pandemic heart but experts call it stress cardiomyopathy.  It's also called broken heart syndrome and several other names. One of which involves fishing for octopuses. Whatever you call it, it's incidence has more than doubled due to the pandemic.

  • Word Dissection
    • stress cardiomyopathy
    • takotsubo cardiomyopathy
    • apical ballooning syndrome
  • Clarification: The ballooning characteristic of stress cardiomyopathy is often more pronounced in the apical region of the left ventricle. 
  • Incidence of Stress Cardiomyopathy During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic (research article)
  • Researchers find rise in broken heart syndrome during COVID-19 pandemic (news summary of the research)
  • Stress Cardiomyopathy Symptoms and Diagnosis (disease summary from Johns Hopkins)
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (disease summary that include a lot of great still and video images of this condition)
  • Ancient catching octopus trap. (video showing one method for using takotsubo to catch octopuses)
  • Diagram of stress cardiomyopathy (A) compared to a normal ventricle (B) by J. Heuser

scheme of stress cardiomyopathy


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