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The Storytelling Special | Episode 48

by Kevin Patton

The Storytelling Special

TAPP Radio Episode 48

Quick Take

00:49 | Special Series
05:24 | Storytelling in the A&P Course
20:14 | Storytelling is a Human Skill
22:16| Sponsored by HAPS
22:38 | Playful & Serious Stories
36:43 | Sponsored by AAA
37:01 | Cells Hate Calcium
43:52 |  Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
44:18 | Actin & Myosin in Love
56:03 | Podcast Award Nomination
56:56 | Last Best Story

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To be playful and serious at the same time is possible, and it defines the ideal mental condition. (John Dewey)


1 | Special Series of Episodes

4.5 minutes

This and the next few episodes will be super, spectacular, and special. So I’m calling them “specials” just like the grownups in the media world do.

These specials are single-topic-ish recasts of some of the major themes from the past 18 months of this podcast. A mix of old and new. But mostly, the classic stuff that we’ll benefit from reviewing and reflecting upon.

The general topic of this special episode revolves a recurring theme of this podcast:

teaching as a form of storytelling

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2 | Storytelling in the A&P Course

15 minutes

storytellingKevin explains why he thinks storytelling is the heart of effective teaching, especially in the A&P course. He outlines the “storytelling persona”; making sure there is a beginning, middle, and end to our stories, applying storytelling to both lectures and the entire course, using drama, conflict and resolution, and other techniques.


3 | Teachers vs. Robots | AI in Teaching

2 minutesrobot

Artificial intelligence (AI) is seen by some as the emerging technology to replace teachers. Really? How should we respond? In Episode 47, I suggest that developing the uniquely human (and humane) skills—such as storytelling—is our best strategy. This is a clip taken from the middle of that segment.


4 | Sponsored by HAPS

0.5 minutes

HAPS logoThe 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. AND mention your appreciation to the HAPS leadership while you are at the conference—or anytime that you communicate with them.

Anatomy & Physiology Society 



5 | Playfulness & Seriousness

14 minutes

playfulnessSegment 1 explained Kevin’s view that effective A&P teachers are good storytellers. This segment “continues the story” by discussing analogies. Analogies can be stories that help students understand complex concepts. Sometimes, they are most effective when they are playful, which helps engage students and makes the stories easy to remember. Kevin relates his use of “phosphorylation frogs” in a story that can be referred to every time ATP generation comes up in the course. What are the pros and cons of using analogies?


6 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minute

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!


7 | Cells Hate Calcium (and Sodium) but Love Potassium

7 minutes

A simple analogy can help students remember a recurring principle about cell behavior involving important ions.


8 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

0.5 minute

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology InstructionThe Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is graduate program for A&P teachers. A combination of science courses (enough to qualify you to teach at the college level) and courses in instructional practice, this program helps you power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!



9 | Actin & Myosin: A Love Story

12 minutes

Romeo & JulietKevin tells the story of actin and myosin as an analogy to a classic love story. This playful story reflects the focus of recent episodes about the use of storytelling and analogies in teaching A&P.


10 | Podcast Award Nomination

Podcast Award

1 minute

The A&P Professor podcast needs additional nominations to get to the next round of The People’s Choice Podcast Awards. Lot more. Will you please take a moment to nominate this podcast? And ask your friends and relatives, even strangers, to also nominate us?



11 | 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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