Anatomy & Physiology: Combo or Split? | Journal Club with Krista Rompolski | TAPP 124

The A&P Professor

Oct 5 2022 • 56 mins

Dr. Krista Rompolski joins us for a Journal Club episode discussing a study regarding whether it's best to have a separate anatomy course followed by a physiology course, or to combine anatomy & physiology into an integrated two-semester sequence. We've all considered this question, haven't we? Now we have some data to discuss!

00:00 | Introduction

00:45 | Journal Club

02:46 | Summary of Article

07:23 | Long-Term Retention Sucks Either Way

19:39 | Sponsored by AAA

20:35 | Cover Everything?

33:33 | Sponsored by HAPI

34:44 | Detailing the Level of Detail

50:00 | Sponsored by HAPS

50:48 | What's Best?

54:27 | Staying Connected

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Journal Club

2 minutes

It's time for another Journal Club with Dr. Krista Rompolski!

Summary of the Article

4.5 minutes

Krista briefly summarizes the key elements of the study that serves as the jumping-off point for this episode's discussion. All the facts, with no filler.

★ Student preference for course approach to pedagogically different methodologies in anatomy and physiology (article from Advances in Physiology Education) AandP.info/fgm

Long-Term Retention Sucks Either Way

12.5 minutes

Which is better? Anatomy, then Physiology—or combined Anatomy & Physiology?> Let's face it, as Krista points out in this segment, long-term retention sucks either way. In this segment, we go beyond that rather flip gut reaction we can all identify with to some more profound ideas about what this study means for us.

Faculty Mindsets & Minority Student Achievement Gaps | Journal Club | TAPP 71 (episode referenced in this segment)

Sponsored by AAA

53 seconds

A searchable transcript for this episode, as well as the captioned audiogram of this episode, are sponsored by the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) at anatomy.org.

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Cover Everything?

13 minutes

Continuing the conversation in this segment, we wonder how much we should be teaching in our courses and whether integrated A&P courses allow us to "have it all" by allowing us to "remember less" because we can revisit important concepts later on, as needed. We also remind ourselves that we don't have to cover every objective recommended for the A&P course or that is in the textbook.

Actual Learning vs. Feeling of Learning | Journal Club Episode | TAPP 83 (episode referenced in this segment)

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Sponsored by HAPI Online Graduate Program

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Detailing the Level of Detail

15 minutes

We explore the idea of the amount of content in the A&P course as "being easy" versus "being manageable." Is an overwhelming course really best for students? Or is the main goal to provide a foundation upon which students can slowly build after leaving our course?

★ General trends in skeletal muscle coverage in undergraduate human anatomy and anatomy and physiology courses (one of the studies from "the land of O'Loughlin" referenced in this episode) AandP.info/mlq

★ Skeletal muscle coverage in undergraduate courses: a comparison of stand-alone human anatomy and anatomy and physiology (A&P) courses (another study from "the land of O'Loughlin) AandP.info/5m0

★ “What Bones And Bony Features Are You Teaching Your Students?” A Survey Of Skeletal System Coverage In Undergraduate Human Anatomy And Physiology Courses (yep, another one) AandP.info/ei0

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What's Best?

3.5 minutes

The definitive, immutable answer to the question of which is better, combined A&P or separate A and P.

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Contributors: Krista Rompolski

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