Current HAPS-I course offerings

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 Winter 2018

Lab Course in Cardiac Physiology
(1 credit) January 17 - March 7, 2018
Patrick Eggena, MD

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In this 1 credit course participants attend live one-hour sessions each week in a Google Meet classroom on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST. During these sessions they project their EKGs onto their mobile phone or iPad screens using an inexpensive Kardia Mobile recorder with an App. Participants measure their mean QRS axis and relate their EKGs to their heart sounds, blood pressure, pulse, ventricular blood volumes and cardiac action potentials. In this way participants generate pressure-EKG (time), volume-EKG (time) and work diagrams for their cardiac cycles at rest and during exercise. Having completed these experiments on themselves, participants engage in a lively conversation as they apply the physiological principles they have just learned as they follow in the footsteps of Dr. Eggena who leads them through seven episodes of his "Country Doctor" series in Apple iBooks. Although this course is constructed so that each participant can experiment on him or herself, this course may also be implemented by three or four students from the same institution performing the experiments and discussing the cases as a team before coming to the weekly sessions with Dr. Eggena.


Mechanisms of Disease: Principles and Ethics of Biomedical Research and Clinical Testing for A&P
(2 credit) February 25 - April 23, 2018
Dr. Brian Shmaefsky
Lone Star College - Kingwood

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Anatomy and physiology primarily serves students going into allied health and medical professions. The level of factual knowledge covered in an A&P class can be overwhelming to students. However, educational research shoes that brief clinical discussions in the course can facilitate content retention for students by reinforcing facts with relevant applications. New developments in biomedical research and pharmacological testing will be discussed in this course including information on animal-free research and computer simulation modeling. Also included are ethical considerations of biomedical research and clinical research trials. The content of the course is directly applicable to those teaching classes ranging from introductory human anatomy and physiology to upper level undergraduate courses in physiology. This course is designed to facilitate your teaching as well as updating your content knowledge biomedical and clinical research basics. This course will follow a hybrid format and will require at least 20 hours of coursework, divided into three components involving asynchronous on-line instruction, synchronous virtual discussions, and assignments.

Summer 2018

Anatomia Italiana del Sud: The Cultural History of Anatomy in Southern Italy 
(3 credits) May 1 - August 4, 2018
Dr. Kevin Petti
San Diego Miramar College
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This course is an international experience preceded by the completion of an online curriculum that employs a series of readings in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly books that put the travel experience into context, and are followed by the development of a teaching module after the travel. This interdisciplinary experience allows for students to connect art and anatomy in a unique manner. The result is a deeper and richer understanding of the historic and cultural underpinnings of anatomy education.

Students will participate in a 12-day visit to Southern Italy, with nine of those days in Sicily, and three days in Naples and the vicinity. The itinerary examines ancient Greco-Roman depictions of the human form in sculpture, painting, and mosaic - including the body as a vehicle for religious expression in two Capuchin Crypts. Also featured are university anatomy museums in Palermo and Napes, as well as the ruins of Pompeii, a city covered with volcanic ash 2,000 years ago. Highlights also include historic anatomy theaters and centuries old anatomical wax models, as well as the Riace Bronzes, 4th century BCE sculptures that are amazingly accurate anatomically as well as culturally important. These masterpieces will be considered with the context of how they were influenced by the dissections conducted by the artistic masters. 

The travel expenses are not included in the 3-credit tuition for this course. See website for more details.