Workshop: Human Anatomy in Health & Disease: Heart and Brain

The ArkanSONO Teacher Workshop described below is for any K-12 teachers in the State of Arkansas. The workshops have been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education to count towards Professional Development credits. Follow the link below to register for the workshop. If you have any questions then feel free to contact Dr. Phelan by email:

Sponsored by: ArkanSONO Science Education Partnership Award at UAMS

Online Workshop – 6/30/2021

Professional Development Hours – 4

The NIH funded ArkanSONO SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) staff at UAMS will conduct this online virtual workshop for K-12 teachers. Teachers will benefit from this workshop by gaining an understanding and confidence of the normal anatomy and pathology of the heart and brain. The online workshop will be held online using ZOOM and will include large group professional demonstrations and breakout room small group discussions. Presentations will include: Normal and pathological isolated human cadaveric organ demonstrations of heart and brain, live ultrasound scanning of heart on male standardized patients (SPs), EKG and EEG recordings from SPs, demonstrations of Computerized Tomography (CT) imaging of heart and brain from real human patients including 3D reconstructions.

Participants will join the synchronous workshop activities using their own home/work computers and the links provided through email after registration. Participants are not expected to have any previous detailed knowledge about the heart or brain or imaging technology used in the workshop.

Attendees should register for this workshop at


For questions and further information please contact:

Kevin D. Phelan, Ph.D.
Co-Director of the Division of Clinical Anatomy
Director of ArkanSONO SEPA
501-837-5082 (cell)



ZOOM Workshop on Wednesday, June 30, 2021

8 am – noon; four hours of online instruction

  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.  Sign-in and pre-workshop survey
  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  Heart and cardiovascular system: normal and pathological
  • 9:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Morning Break
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Brain and nervous system: normal and pathological
  • 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.  Breakout room small group and large group open discussion
  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Final remarks and session evaluation

What to Expect

Live broadcasting from the Division of Clinical Anatomy facilities at UAMS using high quality video cameras (picture in picture), clinical ultrasound devices, standardized patients, isolated human cadaveric organs (e.g. heart, brain, spinal cord), and the 3D reconstructions of CT imaging using the SECTRA Education Portal.

Target Audience

This workshop is intended for any K-12 teacher who teaches science in their classroom and wants to learn more about the heart and brain in health and disease.


Attendees should register for this workshop at

Content (K-12)

The effectiveness of the teaching science often relies on providing students with real life applications demonstrating the relevance of science concepts. The heart and brain are two organs that engage students. This workshop will provide K-12 teachers with an increased knowledge of the normal anatomy and common pathologies associated with the human heart (cardiovascular system) and brain (nervous system). Increased knowledge of these content areas will increase teacher confidence in using these organs as model systems in their science curriculum. Teachers will also become familiar with standard imaging modalities and this increased knowledge should facilitate use of technology examples in the classroom to reinforce and engage student learning. Student achievement will increase from teachers that are trained and confident in discussing normal anatomy and health related consequences of the heart and brain.

Teachers are not expected to have any previous knowledge of or experience using the imaging modalities to be used in this workshop.

Learning Objectives

The learning designs for the Human Anatomy in Health & Disease: Heart and Brain Workshop are developed to enrich teacher content knowledge in this area so they can deliver enhanced teaching content on the human body. The key learning designs include:

  • Increase participant knowledge of normal and pathology of the heart and brain
  • Provide an opportunity for networking with other science teachers
  • Expose teachers to ultrasound and CT imaging as well as EKG and EEG recording technology

Presenter and Qualifications

Kevin D. Phelan, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Michigan State University. He did postdoctoral basic science research in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UTMB Galveston, in the Department of Pharmacology at UMDNJ Piscataway, and in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He joined UAMS as a faculty member in 1992 and has over 30 years of teaching the anatomical sciences. He is the Co-Director of the Division of Clinical Anatomy that oversees the anatomy lab facility and resources at UAMS and is the founder and basic science director of the ultrasound curriculum in the College of Medicine at UAMS. As the Director of the ArkanSONO SEPA (Science Education Partnership Award) he oversees a $1.27 million dollar, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) whose main focus is to increase the diversity of students entering STEM fields. The ArkanSONO team has provided in person workshops for Physical Science teachers in the Little Rock School District for the last two years. Dr. Phelan has been the recipient of numerous awards at UAMS including: the Lutterloh Professor of Medical Education Excellence, the Chancellors Excellence in Education Award, Dean’s Educational Excellence Awards, Education Innovation Award, and numerous Red/Gold Sash Awards from medical students for his teaching efforts. He received the Brick Layer Award from the Little Rock School District (LRSD) in 2019 for his STEM related outreach efforts.