Thursday, July 30, 2015

Week Starting 7/18/15 Compilation: What Are the Essentials of A&P?

For week two (starting July 18, 2015) of our #slowAandPchat, we discussed the essentials of our class content and ideas.

I picked this topic because we would need to spend months and months (actually years) studying A&P in enough depth and breadth to do it justice, yet only have one (maybe two) semesters at hand.  The discussions that ensued were very good and are compiled below:

Pete VanKempen (@MrVK) brought-up how how the respiratory and circulatory systems work jointly to bring in oxygen, deliver it to end-tissues, pick-up carbon dioxide from those tissues and release it into the atmosphere.

Pete also stressed the importance of the respiratory system and digestive systems in oxygen and nutrient acquisition, conversion to usable energy (ATP) and the excretion of waste products.

Gerry Marchand (@gm8585) wants his students to learn collaboratively, efficiently and without fear of being wrong/failing.

Gerry also echoed the sentiment that the interconnectedness and interdependence of body systems is key.

As part of his final exam, Chris Baker (@bakerhhhs) asks several questions (here) that cause students to examine in interconnectedness of systems.

Chris and Gardner (@VirtualGardner) feel that a deep understanding of homeostatic mechanisms is essential for understanding the correlation between stimuli, receptors, integration centers, set points and effectors.  It is this understanding that enables clinicians to correlate physical findings with underlying physiological processes.

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