The A&P Professor

The A&P Professor

Explore human anatomy and physiology (A&P) teaching and learning with host Kevin Patton. An experienced professor, textbook author, and mentor, Kevin is a recognized leader in A&P teaching. The A&P Professor updates science content and provides practical teaching advice. Want some ideas to supercharge your A&P course? How about some support from a fellow A&P professor? This is the podcast for you!


May 3, 2021 43 min

Episode 92 is all about how we can use customer-service concepts in education. Tune in and hear Kevin Patton discuss the importance of being a good listener and empathetic responder. You’ll also hear about new research that shows not all plaques are bad actors when it comes to Alzheimer disease. And finally, find out how to get free almost-daily updates on life science, teaching, and learning!

  • 00:00 | Introduction
  • 00:53 | New Discov...
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    Burnout is a serious issue that can affect your health, relationships, and job performance. It’s important to know the signs of burnout so you can take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place. But if you do experience burnout, don’t panic! There are ways for you to get back on track and feel good again. Listen to this episode of The A&P Professor with Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark about how we can avoid, deal with, or be...

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    Episode 90 of The A&P Professor podcast is a thematic smörgåsbord, full of tasty tidbits to share with students and colleagues. Host Kevin Patton talks about dealing with resistance when we try to take bold steps in teaching. Is note taking better with a paper or an electronic device? The effects of diluting blood plasma on aging (don't try this at home).And the phenomenon of pandemic weight change.

  • 00:00 | Introduction
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    Host Kevin Patton outlines several new discoveries, including the function of background noise in the brain, how exercise triggers immunity, a possible blood marker for longevity, and how mitochondria are organized during cell division. And he discusses how easy animation effects can help students focus on important elements of the story of anatomy and physiology.

  • 00:00 | Quotation & Intro
  • 00:47 | Brain's Background Noise
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    Ever wonder why topics in A&P seem to have a uniform order of topics in all the courses & textbooks? Host Kevin Patton discusses the proper order of those concepts. We continue the discussion of gamification, including a focus on leaderboards. And we tackle why pandemic learning causes students to lament that they have to teach themselves.

  • 00:00 | Quotation & Intro
  • 00:44 | More on Gamification
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    Allowing students to earn badges in the A&P course provides motivation to master all the concepts and also provides granular documentation of learning beyond the transcripted course grade. Host Kevin Patton shares his experience, along with a discussion of skin color in teaching future health professionals and the use of refresher tests to get students ready for their A&P course.

  • 00:00 | Quotation
  • 00:46 | Refresher Tests
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    In his annual look back at this podcast, host Kevin Patton reviews what we learned this year in A&P teaching. Which was a lot! He also looks ahead to what to expect in teaching—and in the podcast—as we go forward.

  • 00:49 | Looking Back
  • 10:15 | Those Darn Sponsor Messages
  • 14:40 | There's More!
  • 22:49 | Psychic Predictions
  • 38:30 | TAPP Community
  • 47:02 | TAPP Education | TAPP-ed
  • 51:34 | Our Complex Selves
  • 55:35 | Staying Connected
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    Host Kevin Patton continues the discussion about student evaluations of teaching (SETs) with a set of strategies to make them work better, or at least mitigate some of the potentially bad or ugly outcomes. There are things we can do proactively before a SET, actively during a SET, and reactively after a SET. Listen to hear them all!

  • 00:00 | Quotation
  • 00:57 | Student Evaluation of Teaching: Part II
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  • 05:39 | Proa...
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    Student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are problematic in many ways—but perhaps useful in other ways. Host Kevin Patton discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly. What are the issues and what's behind those issues?

  • 00:47 | Student Evaluation of Teaching (intro)
  • 02:28 | Share the Fun: Refer & Earn
  • 05:37 | The Good
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  • 10:12 | The Bad
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  • 28:13 | The Ugly
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  • 45:26 | St...
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    Krista Rompolski again joins host Kevin Patton for a Journal Club episode to discuss a study of whether student feelings of how much they learn accurately reflect their actual learning. What were the results and how do they impact the effectiveness of our courses?

  • 00:46 | Kevin & Krista: Journal Club
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  • 04:00 | Article Summary
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  • 11:36 | Feeling of Learning vs. Actual Learning
  • 35:39 | Spo...
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    In this episode, we have a chat with Roy Meals, author of Bones: Inside and Out. We discuss what our students should know about bones and how that fits into their journey as learners. And we talk about how to make complex topics make sense to our students. Grab a drink and turn up the volume, we're going to tell some bone stories!

  • 00:46 | Dr. Roy A. Meals MD
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  • 04:21 | Student Engagement with Bone
  • 16:52 | Spo...
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    Cheating has become a concern in remote teaching. Host Kevin Patton discusses some approaches and best practices for preventing cheating, detecting cheating, and prosecuting cheating.

  • 00:52 | The Cheater
  • 04:00 | Academic Integrity
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  • 21:54 | Consequences
  • 32:22 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 33:20 | Remote Cheating
  • 42:50 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 43:41 | Advanced Anti-Cheating
  • 51:34 | Staying Connected
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    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
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  • 21:05 | Dam Protons
  • 32:05 | Stayi...
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    Say the term Krebs cycle around anyone who's had a biology course and watch for signs of stress. In this episode, host Kevin Patton provides a way to make the citric acid cycle less scary by playing into the horror of it all. And we revisit the idea of a standard terminology of anatomy.

  • 00:46 | Krebs Cycle Game
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  • 16:07| Proof of Concept
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  • 25:54 | Riding the Krebs Cycle
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    Students want things easy. We often make it hard for them. Host Kevin Patton discusses desirable difficulty and contrasts it with undesirable difficulty. Did you know that healthy human cells have little sections of 4-stranded DNA? We can be better in our web meeting skills. And don't forget our new online community of anatomy & physiology faculty!

  • 00:46 | G4 DNA
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  • 06:38 | Even More Web Meeting Ideas
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    Host Kevin Patton discusses the stress we are all feeling right now and introduces a new community of support. Word Dissection: What, if anything, is an acronym? New research on the use of acronyms in science. Some practical tips for instructional video & web meetings.

  • 0:00:49 | Instructional Media Tips
  • 0:20:54 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 0:21:35 | Acronyms: Enough or Too Many?
  • 0:33:38 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 0:34:36 | Stress. Yeah. Stress.
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    Like it or not, digital textbooks are here and will soon be the primary form of textbook used by students and teachers. Host Kevin Patton discusses this trend and outlines ways to leverage digital textbook features for more effective teaching and learning. Mike Pascoe brings us a Book Club recommendation and Kevin discusses arms, arm-lengths, and legs.

  • 00:48 | Digital Is Here
  • 10:09 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 11:02 | Digital Textbook Love
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    August 10, 2020 128 min

    The syllabus is an important instructional tool that sets the tone and provides guidance for the entire course. Host Kevin Patton discusses various aspects of a course syllabus in a comprehensive, extended episode featuring classic and fresh segments.

  • 0:00:49 | The Syllabus Special
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  • 0:04:22 | Weird Word: Syllabus
  • 0:06:41 | Do Students Read the Syllabus?
  • 0:13:23 | Reading & Raiding the Syllabus
  • 0:27:32 | Fir...
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    Host Kevin Patton uses the analogy of circus animals adapting to new or misplaced props to help him prepare to move courses back to campus. A lesson on resilience is just what we need right now. Book Club: Southwick & Charney's Resilience book.

  • 00:54 | Back to Campus Pandemic Teaching
  • 21:51 | Sponsored by AAA
  • 22:41 | Resilience
  • 30:51 | Sponsored by HAPI
  • 31:55 | Book Club: Resilience
  • 34:13 | Sponsored by HAPS
  • 35:02 | Staying Conne...
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    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 ...
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