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Big Year in Anatomy & Physiology Teaching with The A&P Professor | Episode 36

by Kevin Patton

Big Year in Anatomy & Physiology Teaching with the A&P Professor

TAPP Radio Episode 36

Quick Take

0:42 | Adam Rich Asks About Student Feedback
10:32 | New Type of Vessel in Bones
14:17 | Big Ideas: Content Updates & Applications
20:15 | Big Ideas: This Podcast
20:45 | Big Ideas: Featured Ideas of the Year
29:45 | Big Ideas: Wrapping Up the Year

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The big ideas are usually simple ideas. (David Ogilvy)


1 | Adam Rich Calls In

10 minutes

Online testingKevin responds to a call from Adam Rich of SUNY Brockport regarding giving students feedback/corrected responses in online tests.

2 | New Type of Vessel in Bones

3.5 minutesbone vessels

Scientists have discovered a system of small vessels that cross every part of a bone’s cortical layers to supply most of the bone’s blood—over 80% of the arterial supply and 59% of venous drainage. The proposed name is trans-cortical vessels (TCVs).

  • We’ve discovered a new type of blood vessel in our bones (brief article summarizing the discovery) my-ap.us/2B6tHce
  • A network of trans-cortical capillaries as mainstay for blood circulation in long bones (full research article) my-ap.us/2B6ttSq

3 | Big Year: Content Updates & Applications

6 minutes

Animated BP CategoriesThe first of several segments in a “debriefing” of the first year of this podcast.

This year brought many content updates and brief teaching snippets, from using green pens for grading to the role of platelets in immunity. Too many to mention, but Kevin gives his best shot at listing some of those that seem to be most memorable.


4 | Big Year: Evolution of This Podcast

9.5 minutes

What are show notes and how do they differ from the episode page? How best to listen and share? What’s the episode list (theAPprofessor.org/podlist)? Preview episodes! And a word about our sponsors:

HAPS logoThe Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is a sponsor of this podcast. Did you know there’s a one-day regional HAPS conference in March? Check it out. You can help appreciate their support by clicking the link below and checking out the many resources and benefits found there.

Anatomy & Physiology Society 



American Association of Anatomists

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 anatomy.org

5 | Big Year: The Big Ideas of the Past Year


11 minutes

one yearEach full episode usually has a “featured topic.” This segment reviews some of the major topics and themes that emerged during the first year of the podcast.  From caring-empathy-compassion to integrity to storytelling, and from testing-as-teaching to elephant skin to learning science, a lot was covered! And what about those guest interviews–the Learning Scientists, media expert Barbara Waxer, anatomy educator Aaron Fried, and artist-professor Paul Krieger? And let’s not forget those “lucky numbers”!



5 | Big Year: Wrapping Up

2 minutes

What do you want me to cover? I have some ideas, of course. But I want to hear  your ideas, too!




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Preview of Episode 37

Host Kevin Patton previews the content of the upcoming full episode, which features a discussion of the last best story in teaching A&P, including two stories now “in flux”. There’s more… some word dissections and recommendations from The A&P Professor Book Club.


reading a book


.5 minute

  • A point about test feedback from listener Krista Rompolski
  • The anatomical compass in teaching anatomy
  • An update in hematopoiesis
  • How “the last best story” helps students understand the nature of science

Word Dissections

6.5 minutes

  • Neurogenesis
  • Craniosacral
  • Thoracolumbar
  • Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC)
  • Rosette

Book Club

2.5 minutes

Last updated: December 30, 2020 at 10:40 am

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