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The Last Best Story in Teaching Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 37

by Kevin Patton

The Last Best Story in Teaching Anatomy & Physiology

TAPP Radio Episode 37

Quick Take

01:17 | Feedback in Online Tests
08:17 | The Anatomical Compass
14:47 | Sponsored by AAA
15:12 | Reserve hematopoiesis
18:09 | Sponsored by HAPS
18:54 | Featured: Last Best Story in Adult Neurogenesis & ANS Pathways

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Scientific theories are tested every time someone makes an observation or conducts an experiment, so it is misleading to think of science as an edifice, built on foundations. Rather, scientific knowledge is more like a web. The difference couldn’t be more crucial. A tall edifice can collapse – if the foundations upon which it was built turn out to be shaky. But a web can be torn in several parts without causing the collapse of the whole. The damaged threads can be patiently replaced and re-connected with the rest – and the whole web can become stronger, and more intricate. (Massimo Pigliucci)


1 | Feedback in Online tests

7 minutes

In Episode 36, Adam Rich called in regarding how we can provide feedback to students taking online tests. I responded that I encourage students to get the correct response from their study buddies—or from me. After the episode aired, Krista Rompolski pointed out that this could be a challenge in very large courses. What do y’all think? Tell us. Really.

2 | The Anatomical Compass

6.5 minutesanatomical rosette

Although you and I are comfortable in orienting ourselves to anatomical directions when looking at diagrams, photographs, and specimens in anatomy, our beginning student often are not. The simple process of adding an “anatomical rosette” reflecting the anatomical directions in each encountered diagram can  help students develop the skill of understanding anatomical perspective.

3 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

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. Their big meeting is in April at the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting in Orlando FL. Check it out!


4 | Reserve Hematopoiesis

3 minutes

hematopoietic stem cellHematopoietic stem cells  (HSCs) may have a “back-up system” that helps out after damage to the working population. These “reserve” HSCs (rHSCs) may step up when the primed HSCs (pHSCs) cannot keep up with the demand for hematopoiesis.

  • Scientists have identified a bone marrow backup system (summary article) my-ap.us/2BmcoE0
  • N-Cadherin-Expressing Bone and Marrow Stromal Progenitor Cells Maintain Reserve Hematopoietic Stem Cells
    (report by Zhao, et al. in Cell Reports) my-ap.us/2Bk7vLN

5 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

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 



6 | Featured: Last Best Story in Adult Neurogenesis & ANS Pathways

12 minutes

reading a bookThe “last best story” is what I tell my students I’m providing to them. That approach emphasizes the evolving nature of scientific understanding. In this episode, I mention two stories that are evolving right now.

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Human Anatomy & Physiology Society
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Preview of Episode 38

Host Kevin Patton previews the content of the upcoming full episode, which features a discussion of how mid-term check-ins can help in teaching A&P. There’s more… some listener feedback,  word dissections, and recommendations from The A&P Professor Book Club.




1 minute

  • Sperm speed
  • Hematopoiesis in the gut
  • How long does a Lego take to get through the alimentary canal?
  • We have a new sponsor? Who is it?
  • Mid-Semester Check-Ins Keep Your A&P Course on Track

Listener Feedback

2.5 minutes

Listener Charlie Taylor has feedback on how he handles incorrect student answers after a test.

Word Dissections

4.5 minutes

  • Chimerism
  • Allograft
  • Progenitor cell

Kevin’s Unofficial Guide to the Annual HAPS Conference

1.5 minutes

I need your help for the next edition of Kevin’s episode on getting ready for the HAPS conference.

  • Questions
  • Your own experiences
  • What you’ve taken away from HAPS conferences
  • Tips and advice (especially secret, superlative tips from longtimers)

I need a bit of SOUND from you. Call in or send a recording! (but text is okay, too)

Book Club

3.5 minutes

Last updated: December 30, 2020 at 10:39 am

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