Developing Partnerships between HAPS and sister societies

One of the many benefits of working on the HAPS Board of Directors (BOD) is the opportunity to develop partnerships among HAPS and other national organizations (aka ‘sister societies’). HAPS already has strong relationships with a variety of organizations involved in science education, such as the American Association of Anatomists (AAA), American Physiological Society (APS), and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). But we continue to be on the lookout for partnerships with other organizations that share our interests in anatomy and physiology education.

As President-Elect of HAPS, I recently was contacted by individuals in the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME). Long story short – they invited two HAPS officers to attend and present at their First Conference on Ultrasound in Anatomy and Physiology Education. This conference will explore the use of ultrasound in pre-medical, pre-allied health, nursing, and medical anatomy and physiology courses. There will be hands-on ultrasound demonstrations and information about how to incorporate ultrasound into your existing curriculum. This topic is near and dear to me, as I teach an upper level undergraduate course entitled “Human Anatomy for Medical Imaging Evaluation”.   The conference is this weekend in Columbia, SC – for further information about the conference, click on the image:confultrasound  I can’t wait to attend and learn something new!

This initial contact between SUSME and HAPS has developed into a formal partnership between our societies. Several SUSME members Ge-Vscan2will be attending the HAPS annual conference this May and will be presenting a workshop on the use of ultrasound in the A&P classroom.  We are excited about the exchange of ideas between our members and our societies.  In next week’s blog, I’ll let you know what I learned from the conference.  In the meantime, please let me know if you use ultrasound in your A&P classroom, or if you are interested in learning how you could use ultrasound in your classroom.  Let the exchange of ideas begin!

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