25- HAPS and Social Media

I am the chair of the HAPS Communication Committee (affectionately known as the HAPS ComCom).  Our committee’s task is to promote HAPS via social media.  This is a really interesting task.  HAPS currently has active accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.  We are exploring Instagram as well.

Wow...there are a lot of ways to share your thoughts via social media.  But who's listening?
Wow…there are a lot of ways to share your thoughts via social media. But who’s listening?

But when I think about all the possible social media outlets, it is easy to become overwhelmed.  How can we increase our audience?  And how many HAPSters participate in social media anyway?  It actually became a rather amusing quest for me at the annual conference in May to find HAPSters who tweet…let me just say tweeting HAPSters were few and far between.  Thankfully, we did find Sarah Balizan, (also known as the HAPS Twitter Queen), who’s doing an inspirational job of keeping the HAPS Twitter account active.

Right now, and for the next couple of weeks, we will be engaged in a bit of a social media experiment with the Anatomia Italiana crew while they are on their exciting Italian field trip starting this week.  Team leader Kevin Petti has generously agreed to provide us with lots of social media fodder to share.  He will be writing posts for this blog, as well as doing daily updates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  Our Communications Committee is mobilized to re-tweet, favorite, and otherwise share his Italian updates.   I’m excited to see if our team can generate some increased interest in our social media presence.

So I’m curious.  How do HAPSters use social media?  Are you interested in following Anatomia Italiana around Italy?  Do you tweet?  Do you use Facebook?  Have you explored Google+ or LinkedIn?

So weigh in on this poll and follow the hype for the next couple of weeks.  Then let us know what you think.  In the meantime, happy communicating!

HAPS Leadership (#16): HAPS-Institute

140205 (2) HAPS-i-LOGOAre you looking for graduate credit in the field of Anatomy & Physiology?  Are you looking to share your expertise on a specific A&P-related topic with peers who are as passionate as you about the subject matter?  If the answer to either question is “yes”, then the HAPS-Institute is the place for you.

140205 (1) Peter EnglishHi, I’m Peter English.  As the Executive Director of the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society, I serve as the Director of the HAPS-Institute.  I oversee the curriculum that we develop, the schedule of courses that we offer, and the enrollment of great individuals such as yourself.

At HAPS-I, we have maximized salary and minimized tuition to make this the best possible service to the HAPS community.  With all of the issues surrounding accreditation, it is becoming increasingly important that faculty have graduate credit in A&P, and our credit is earned through Alverno College in Milwaukee.  HAPS-I is one way in which HAPS is helping members meet the evolving needs in the changing landscape of higher education.

Every HAPS member has his or her specialty, and HAPS-I is taking advantage of this.  In most cases, HAPS-I courses center around an educator teaching the class of his or her dream: a specific, incredibly rich understanding of a topic being taught by an expert with an amazing depth of knowledge.  Courses can be completely online or can be a mix of online and in-person instruction.  Many of the in-person components are tied to Regional Conferences or the Annual Conference.  For 2014, we are offering four courses.  Looking ahead, we will have our first traveling course with participants studying A&P in Italy this summer.

Future groundbreaking of our western campus.
Future groundbreaking of our western campus.

In order to attract the best instructors, we pay an above average $2,500 per course based on an enrollment of 6 students (enrollment above this number pays more and pro-rates compensation for fewer students so that low-enrollment courses can still run).  All HAPS-I courses have end-of-course surveys to ensure that we continue to hire only the best instructors.

Be one of the proud, one of the elite!
Be one of the proud, one of the elite!

For the students, tuition is just $550 per credit hour for HAPS members ($750 per credit hour for non-HAPS members), which is less than one-third the cost of some other graduate credit programs.  Most HAPS-I courses are 2-credits, but between now and this summer, we’ll be offering 1-credit, 2-credit, and 3-credit courses to meet everyone’s demands.

The HAPS Foundation has recognized the importance of this sort of continuing education and offers HAPS-I scholarships four times per year.  The scholarships cover the cost of 1-credit of instruction and the next due date for applications is February 15.

So, what do you say?  Ready to be part of something incredible?    The HAPS-Institute is ready for you!

Buongiorno da Italia!

Salve i miei colleghi!

FLO_1635I am writing this post from Florence as Anatomia Italiana 2013 is near half way completed. HAPS members Ellen Arnestad, Dic Charge, Caryl Tickner, Cris Martin, Shery Medler, Kathy Tyner, Heidi Pearson, Mark Neilsen, and yours truly, have spent the last eight days in Rome and Florence. As many of you know, the ancient history, Renaissance art, and culinary experiences are overwhelming. But, the most unique aspect of our time in Italy has been our visits to venues important to the history of anatomy education.

In Rome we visited the National Museum of the Sanitary Arts in one of Europe’s oldest hospitals, Santo Spirito in Sassia. There we were greeted by Prof. Gaspare Baggieri who lectured about the role of that institution in early medical education and research. He also shared with us medical tools and alchemy instruments that dated back over 500 years. And today in Florence we visited the La Specola anatomical wax museum at the University of Florence, as well as the Basilica of Santo Spirito to see the crucifix Michelangelo carved at 17 in gratitude for access to corpses for dissection.

We look forward to our visits to the University of Bologna and the University of Padua where we will visit important anatomical wax museums as well as historic anatomy theaters. I will be sure to post a photo and a few words about those experiences.

Connecting art and science is integral to this experience, and many of us are discussing (over wine and pasta!) how we are going to enhance our classes by incorporating the concepts developed during Anatomia Italiana.

The exciting idea about all of this is that in 2014 HAPS members can participate in Anatomia Italiana and also enroll in a three-unit HAPS-I course. A month of online readings prior to the travel experience, followed by the submission of a teaching element after a visit to Italy is the essence of the course. If the 2014 HAPS-I Anatomia Italiana course is something you are considering, you can download the syllabus by clicking here. Details are also on the HAPS-I registration page, which can be visited by clicking here. The entire travel program can be reviewed at the Anatomia Italiana webpage. Keep in mind that it is also an option to travel with Anatomia Italiana and not enroll in the HAPS-I course.

FLO_1679My next post will be from Venice in a few days from now.

Buona giornata, e ci vediamo a presto,

Kevin Petti, Ph.D.
San Diego Miramar College

Study Abroad in Italy with HAPS-I!

Buongiorno a tutti!

This is the second summer I will be taking a group of HAPS members to Italy in a professional education program I call Anatomia Italiana. Many of us share an interest in the early days of anatomy in medical education. It is an amazing experience to visit the centuries old dissection theaters at the University of Padua and the University of Bologna (see HAPS members from Anatomia Italiana 2012  pictured here in Bologna). The wax anatomical collections at the University of Florence are perhaps the most visually compelling artifacts of our discipline.

Connecting anatomy in the early universities with the dissections conducted by the Renaissance masters is another element of Anatomia Italiana. The profound nexus between art and science is best demonstrated by the genius of Michelangelo. Indeed, the wooden crucifix he carved in gratitude for secret access to corpses from a conventʼs hospital still hangs in the Basilica of Santo Spirito in Florence. It is a moving experience to stand before it. Gathering in the room where Leonardo dissected in Rome is quite a moment as well.

While HAPS members (along with anyone interested in connecting art and anatomy) are welcome to visit Italy with me in the future, I am pleased to say that the HAPS Institute (HAPS-I) has approved Anatomia Italiana as a three-credit course for Summer 2014! HAPS members now have the option of also enrolling in a HAPS-I course while traveling with Anatomia Italiana. President Valerie Dean O’Loughlin and Executive Director Peter English have asked me to post a few blogs from Italy during this year’s tour starting Sunday, July 21. Keep an eye out for posts from Rome, Florence and Venice.

If the 2014 HAPS-I Anatomia Italiana course is something you are considering, you can download the syllabus by clicking here. Details are also on the HAPS-I registration page, which can be visited by clicking here. The entire travel program can be reviewed at the Anatomia Italiana webpage. Keep in mind that it is also an option to travel with Anatomia Italiana and not enroll in the HAPS-I course.

I’ll be sure to post a photo or two of the Anatomia Italiana 2013 HAPS members thoughtfully examining historic anatomical specimens. I’ll save the wine tasting and gondola riding photos for another day!

Buona giornata, e ci sentiamo da Roma!

Kevin Petti, Ph.D.
San Diego Miramar College