The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is over a quarter-century young and still growing. Each year has given us new adventures and new challenges. It has been the presidents that have lead us through those times, helping HAPS to grow, survive, and prosper.
The Presidents Emeriti Advisory Board is the collection of this venerable group. These individuals help to maintain the institutional memory of the Society (“Oh my god, we already tried that!”). The Emeriti are a great bunch to talk with at the Annual Conferences. Henry Ruschin can tell you about evacuating the hotel in Toronto in the middle of the night. Ric Martini can regale you with stories of dealing with SACS and accreditation. John Waters can explain how that led to the creation of the HAPS-Institute. Don Kelly and Dee Silverthorn can tell you about the challenges of keeping up with online technologies.
First-Timers for each annual conference get a special treat. We offer a special First-Timers Breakfast (Sunday morning), where first-time attendees get to have a sumptuous breakfast with the Emeriti, learning about how incredible the coming week is going to be. Don’t believe all of the stories that Bill Perrotti and Kevin Petti will tell you, but enjoy the experience nonetheless.
As I get closer and closer to becoming the current President of HAPS (holy crap, that’s just 125 days away!), I’m happy to know that I’ve got a great advisory board of knowledgeable and enjoyable people to rely on. Joe Griswold is the master of strategic plans. Sandy Lewis, Gary Johnson, and Mike Glasgow can expound upon the growing pains of HAPS from a little club to a sizeable educational society.
Not all of the Emeriti are able to attend each annual conference, but we generally have a very strong presence each time. Check out the President’s Suite and you’ll invariably find a few holding court. Margaret Weck will show off her tie-dye shirt and Kevin Patton will tell you about the historic bottomless bucket-o-crab legs! Be careful making eye-contact with Henry Ruschin; you may find yourself volunteering to host a future HAPS conference. But, hey, with such a great group of people to hang around with, would that be such a bad thing?
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