Register for the HAPS Fun Run/Walk in Atlanta!

A message from Patrick Cafferty, member of the 2016 Annual Conference Committee.
A message from Patrick Cafferty, member of the 2016 Annual Conference Committee.

Over the past several years, a highlight of the HAPS conference for me has been the HAPS Fun Run/WalkHeld on Monday morning following a Sunday of being cooped up indoors, the fun run is a great way to get outside, see the sights of our host city, and meet other, sleepy eyed HAPSters in an informal setting.  Conference halls tend to blur together in my memory, but I vividly and fondly remember running up and down the San Antonio river walk and along the Jacksonville river.

Enjoy some amazing Atlanta sights while participating in the HAPS Fun Run/Walk.
Enjoy some beautiful Atlanta sights while participating in the HAPS Fun Run/Walk.

When I learned the 30th annual conference would be held in my hometown of Atlanta, I immediately starting thinking about what routes I could share with HAPSters to demonstrate what Atlanta really has to offer. (Of course, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel is very, very nice and you will enjoy the indoor part of the conference too!)

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
We’ll run by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

To show off the sights and history of Atlanta, we’ve planned  two different routes. The shorter 2.7-mile route and the longer 3.0-mile loop quickly take us away from downtown, following the Atlanta marathon route, toward a historic neighborhood called the Old Fourth Ward.  Together, we will turn south along Jackson Street that leads us to a popular lookout spot of the downtown Atlanta skyline (i.e.—pose for selfies here!).  Further south on Jackson Street, we will pass the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site to see Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Sr. and Jr. were pastors.  Finally, we’ll head back downtown through the Sweet Auburn Historic District.

Ebenezer Baptist Church
The Ebenezer Baptist Church is also on the event route.

HAPSters wanting to do the short option will head straight back to the hotel from Woodruff Park, while those following the long route will head toward Centennial Olympic Park before their return.  In just a few miles of walking or running, you’ll see a number of parks and historic sites, and get a great sense of what Atlanta is about.


Proceeds from the HAPS Fun Run/Walk will go directly to the HAPS Foundation who funds scholarships, grants, and awards for deserving HAPS members.  This year, the run will take place  on Monday, May 23rd, bright and early at 7:00am.  Please go ahead and register at a discounted rate online.

Don’t forget your walking and running shoes when you pack for Atlanta- and we will see you soon!

Check out the latest HAPS-I course!

A message from the ComCom
A message from the ComCom

Are you interested in learning how to integrate short clinical case studies into your anatomy and physiology lectures? If so, HAPS is pleased to announce a new HAPS-I online course that helps educators learn case-based instruction with a focus on developing materials for teaching neuroanatomy.

The power-packed course, entitled “Teaching Central Nervous System Concepts Using Diagnostic Radiology and Case Studies,” promises to help you learn how to integrate clinical data with course content. As you work through the class, you will develop a portfolio of short in-class activities, exam questions, and case studies that can be used in your classroom right away.


This is a pass/fail course offered through HAPS Connect. It will be taught by Dr. Carmen Eilertson, Senior Lecturer at Georgia State University, teaching premedical courses in Medical Physiology, Pathophysiology, Gross Anatomy, Orthopedics, and Histology.  The course will kick off with a workshop at the Annual Conference in Georgia (though students enrolled in the course do not have to attend in this workshop if they aren’t already at the Annual Conference). The rest of the course will continue online, and will conclude on July 8th.

Join Dr. Carmen Eilertson for this fun and interesting HAPS-I course!

If this course sounds intriguing to you, now is a good time to consider applying for a HAPS Institute Scholarship.  The purpose of these scholarships is to provide financial support to anatomy and physiology instructors that want to take a HAPS Institute courses.  To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

  1. be a HAPS member in good standing.
  2. be a regular full-time employee or meet the HAPS definition of contingent faculty.
  3. have a teaching load that includes at least one section/class of anatomy and physiology each academic year.

The award covers tuition cost of one credit (typically equivalent to half of the tuition fee) for one HAPS Institute course. It does not matter whether you are taking the course through the graduate credit track or the professional development track.

Awards are made quarterly with due dates of November 15, February 15, May 15, and August 15.  The next due date is May 15, just in time to sign up for this class!

Present your work in Atlanta!

A message from the ComCom
A message from the ComCom

The deadline to submit workshop and poster proposals to present your work in Atlanta is fast approaching. February 26 will be here before you know it. February 26 is also the last day to register for the annual conference at Early Bird rates- even more motivation to buckle down and complete your proposals.

The annual conference poster sessions always bring a variety of engaging topics to the floor. All presenters must be registered for at least the Update Speaker Sessions portion of the conference. The  Update Seminar Package (May 21 – May 23) includes the Saturday evening Welcome Reception, all update seminars, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, and the Monday night social.

Submit a poster proposal now!
(Poster proposals DUE 2/26)

Come to Atlanta!
Meet Skully in Atlanta!

The workshops take place during the second half of the conference and this year, they will happen at Georgia Institute of Technology. All presenters must be registered for at least the workshop portion of the conference. The Workshop Package (May 24 – May 25) includes all workshops, breakfast, box lunches both days, and transportation between the Hyatt Regency Atlanta and Georgia Institute of Technology on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Submit a workshop proposal now!
(Workshop proposals DUE 2/26)

If you want to attend both the update seminars AND the workshops, then register for the Entire Conference Package (May 21 – May 25). This package includes the Saturday evening Welcome Reception, all update seminars, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Monday night social, workshop sessions hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology, breakfast and lunch at the host institute, and transportation to and from the campus on workshop days.  Phew!  That’s the best deal- and totally worth making it happen.

So make it happen- HAPSters attending the Annual Conference want to hear about the cool things YOU are doing.


Misadventures of a Flipped Classroom: Inflate-A-Date

A message from ComCom member Mia Ray, Assistant Professor of Biology at Trinity Washington University in Washington DC.
A message from ComCom member Mia Ray, Assistant Professor of Biology at Trinity Washington University in Washington DC.

Imagine walking into a store and asking the salesclerk if they wouldn’t mind directing you to their section of blow up dolls. That’s the exact situation I found myself in after following through with my first of many crazy active learning ideas. It was important to find just the right tool to kick off my first attempt at flipping, the criterion was specific: it couldn’t be offensive whatsoever. As I perused the merchandise I spotted exactly what I was looking for: Sensational Inflatables.

I began the class by reviewing important anatomical terminology. After a 15 minute lecture I then instructed students to get into two groups of three. Each group was then given 10 minutes to inflate their female or male specimen and label each anatomical region using appropriate terminology with provided sticky notes. In addition to their notes, students were also allowed to use their textbooks. Students energetically popped open their “person” and got to work.

Inflatable human specimens...
Inflatable human specimens…! Brilliant!

To determine the winner, the class and I went through each region label by label. There were several duplications and cavities, but when all was said and done, there was a clear winner. Each group member was given a prize for winning, but the greatest accomplishment was that they were all engaged and learning.

To conclude the activity I gave students a formative assessment to measure student learning and everyone received a passing grade of 65% or better, with three receiving perfect scores. This success carried over to a summative assessment completed two weeks later where four students showed retention of information based on two receiving perfect scores and two showed an improvement to their original scores. Two students however showed a decrease from their previous grade, which gives me something to improve upon. Although it was a little wacky and unconventional and didn’t result in a total class improvement in student learning, I think it was a great way to begin the semester. Overall this experience hasn’t frightened me away from flipping; rather I’m charging ahead and giving it my all.

Publish your Work with HAPS

A message from Dr. Kerry Hull, chair of the HAPS Educator committee.
A message from Kerry Hull, chair of the HAPS Educator committee.

Last week we published a blog post about some of the recent developments for the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society’s journal, the HAPS Educator.  This week, we’d like to really recruit you to populate this journal with your work.  The fact is, HAPS members are writing amazing and useful articles, but we are spoiled for choice – should their story be shared as one of the weekly posts in the HAPS blog?  Or is it more appropriate as a short, but helpful Edu-Snippet? Or should it be published as an article in the HAPS Educator? And if so, which section of the HAPS Educator is most appropriate? Or is the work so fantastic that it can be leveraged for all three platforms?

In an effort to help members clarify the answers to these questions, the HAPS Educator Committee teamed up with the Communication Committee to develop a plan for helping future authors identify how their work might be featured by HAPS.

First, the committees needed to clarify exactly what each new venue could feature. In the end, it was decided that the destination for a submission will depend both on its focus and its length, and five submission categories were identified (summarize here):

  • HAPS Educator Educational Research, which features papers discussing pedagogical research projects supported by robust data.
  • HAPS Educator Current Topics, which promotes articles that summarize a particular concept area and also include short descriptions of how the concepts can be utilized in our teaching.
  • HAPS Educator Perspectives on Teaching, which includes pieces that discuss a teaching philosophy or modality. Papers published in this section could include lengthier descriptions of teaching activities without accompanying data.
  • Edu-Snippets, which are short descriptions of learning activities.
  • Blog Entries, which can provide feedback during the early stages of a research project or simply provoke discussion.

Then a flowchart was developed to help authors decide which of the five submission categories would be the best venue for publishing.

To use the chart, just start at the top and answer the boxed questions as you work your way to the bottom, where the five different publishing options are listed.

Got data? Follow this flow chart to see where to publish your work with HAPS!
Got data? Follow this flow chart to see where to publish your work with HAPS!

So get to it. We know you have materials to share- the next HAPS Educator submission deadline is March 15.

Note: When you are ready to submit your work to the HAPS Educator, we have a brand new online submissions form for you. The form ensures that we have all of the necessary information to publish your article and then to upload it to the Life Sciences Teaching Resource Community (LifeSciTRC). Click here to access “Instructions to Authors,” which includes all of the information that you need to get started!

Send Us Your Submissions Now!

  • Sarah, Editor-in Chief, is happy to answer any questions about publishing in HAPS Educator that are not addressed in the Instructions to Authors.  You can reach Sarah at
  • Roberta, Snippet Queen, is waiting to receive your Edu-Snippets submissions at
  • Wendy, Communication Committee chair, is waiting to receive your Blog entries at