Are you a member of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society? If not, it is time to make it happen. Being a member of HAPS is, without a doubt, the single most important thing I’ve done in my career to become a better teacher. Two years ago, when I was deciding to flip my Anatomy class for the first time, I posed several questions to the email listserv, requesting input and pedagogical advice that helped define and hone my approach. Once, I asked the list about the wisdom of comprehensive exams. Dee Silverthorn sent me a copy of her comprehensive exam as an example. And I can’t even count the number of times that Valerie O’Loughlin has pumped me up with enthusiastic pep talks. My students get wide-eyed when I tell them the authors of their textbooks are answering my questions (and theirs). To me, this alone is worth the price of membership. And yet this is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to the benefits of being a dues paying HAPSter.
We will soon begin a series on the blog describing all the benefits of joining HAPS. You might be surprised at some the resources you have access to as a HAPSter.
As the chair of the Communication Committee, I am excited to help increase membership. So tell me true. Why are you a member of HAPS?