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Amplify Learning in Anatomy & Physiology | Episode 53

by Kevin Patton

How to Amplify Learning in A&P

TAPP Radio Episode 53

Quick Take

Host Kevin Patton summarizes many strategies from learning science that can amplify learning in our courses. Also, updates in the role of exosomes in the spread of cancer and how activity type affects the shape of our heart.

00:48 | Jargon: Show Notes & Episode Pages
05:07 | Sponsored by HAPS
07:01 | Role of Exosomes in Spread of Cancer
13:20 | Sponsored by AAA
13:44 | Activity Type Affects Heart Shape
18:03 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program
18:35 | Amplifying Learning in A&P: ANSWER
53:30 | Staying Connected

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Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results. (John Dewey)


1 | Jargon: Show Notes & Episode Page

4 minutesshow notes

Kevin explains that show notes are notes and links related to an episode.

You are reading the show notes right now!

The episode page is a page dedicated to an episode at theAPprofessor.org and it contains the show notes, which may also be available in the podcasts or radio app where you listen to episodes.


2 | Sponsored by HAPS

2 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. There are a bunch of 1-day regional workshops scattered all over the continent. There’s probably one near you coming up this year (or next)!

  • Cleaning Anatomical Models with Denture Tablets (blog post by Carol Britson) my-ap.us/2Qn9FnP

Anatomy & Physiology Society 



3 | Exosomes & Metastasis

6.5 minutes

blood brain barrier

Extracellular vesicles (EVs) such as exosomes and oncosomes play important roles in spreading cancer. For example, exosomes play a role in the metastasis of breast and lung cancer, through the blood-brain barrier (BBB) to the brain tissue. We are still working out the mechanisms.

  • Sneaky Spread: How breast cancer uses exosomes to breach the blood-brain barrier (news summary) my-ap.us/2QjS5Rw
  • Brainwashed by extracellular vesicles: the role of extracellular vesicles in primary and metastatic brain tumour microenvironment (review article) my-ap.us/2QkDoxv
  • What are Oncosomes? (description) my-ap.us/2Qj3PUf


4 | Sponsored by AAA

0.5 minutes

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5 | Activity & Heart Shape

4.5 minutesheart

Evolution has played a role in making human hearts similar to chimpanzee hearts. The left ventricle is thick-walled and short—best suited for shorter and perhaps intense bursts of activity. However, the heart is able to elongate and have a thinner wall to adapt to a lifestyle that features endurance activity.

  • Running—or sitting—can change the shape of your heart (news summary) my-ap.us/2ACm7oO
  • Selection of endurance capabilities and the trade-off between pressure and volume in the evolution of the human heart (research article) my-ap.us/2AEbvpO
    • ” the human (LV) evolved numerous features that help to augment stroke volume (SV), enabling moderate-intensity EPA. We also show that phenotypic plasticity of the human LV trades off pressure adaptations for volume capabilities, becoming more similar to a chimpanzee-like heart in response to physical inactivity or chronic pressure loading.”


6 | Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

1 minute

NYCC Human Anatomy and Physiology InstructionThe Master of Science in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction—the MS-HAPI—is a graduate program for A&P teachers. 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 power up  your teaching. Kevin Patton is a faculty member in this program. Check it out!



7 | Amplifying Learning in A&P

35 minutesamplify

In this discussion, Kevin borrows a mnemonic acronym from Yee and Boyd (cited below) that summarizes key strategies derived from learning science (cognitive psychology) and riffs on adapting it to the A&P course to amplify learning.

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Check out this advice from Episode 32 to get what you need!

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Human Anatomy & Physiology Society
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Preview of Episode 54

A brief preview of the upcoming full episode 54, featuring upcoming topics that include a brief discussion of the newly revised A&P Learning Outcomes from HAPS, updates regarding timing of vaccinations, a newly discovered type of neuron that erases old memories, and vaping. There’s more… some word dissections and Kevin’s recommendation for The A&P Professor Book Club.

Episode 54


2 minutes

  • Newly revised A&P Learning Outcomes from HAPS
  • Timing of vaccinations matters
  • Newly discovered neurons actively erase old memories
  • Vaping-related lung problems

Word Dissections

9.5 minutes

  • isovolumic & isovolumetric
  • hemopoiesis & hematopoiesis
  • vaccination
  • CD8 T cell

isovolumic vs. isovolumetric

Book Club

5.5 minutes

  • Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
  • Special opportunity
    • Contribute YOUR book recommendation for A&P teachers!
    • First five submitted and used will be in a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD 10 tablet
    • Any contribution used will receive a $25 gift certificate
    • The best contribution is one that you have recorded in your own voice (or in a voicemail at 1-833-LION-DEN)
  • Check out The A&P Professor Book Club

Human Errors book

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