- MN212 Med Science Bldg.
B.A. Biology and A.A. Mathematics, Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY
PhD Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of Kentucky, Lexington , KY
Dr. Hatcher is a member of the Special Title faculty series that focuses on embryology, histology, and gross anatomy education for students in a variety of disciplines, including undergraduate students, medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy, and graduate students.
Dr. Hatcher's scholarly activity is directed toward the development of innovative teaching strategies in anatomical education for undergraduate and medical professional students. Currently, her scholarly activity ranges from the use of creativity projects in learning anatomy to the creation of simple, physical 3D models for teaching intricate anatomical concepts, such as the pterygopalatine fossa.
Her previous work focused on the use of Second Life™ technology, a web-based virtual world, for the development of 3D anatomy models and for a new undergraduate Team-based learning course titled ANA 309: An Introduction to Regional Anatomy.
Dr. Hatcher uses 3D models of the cranial nerves to supplement her lectures during class and as a study tool that students can utilize independently or in group study after class. Cranial nerves III, V, VII, and IX are displayed in a “Cranial Nerve Skywalk” above the University of Kentucky’s virtual island in Second Life (landmark is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/University%20of%20KY/123/40/1001). This project was a collaborative effort with Matt Hazzard (University of Kentucky) and Dr. German Ramirez (University of Manitoba). The nerve branches are color-coded (i.e. somatomotor is red, etc.) to illustrate the particular fiber types included in each cranial nerve. In particular, pre and post-parasympathetic fibers are depicted to facilitate the students’ understanding of parasympathetic pathways in the head and how some of these fibers “hitch-a-ride” with branches of the cranial nerve V (Trigeminal nerve) to reach their targets.
To access additional teaching models that Dr. Hatcher uses in her courses visit the following website: http://medicine.mc.uky.edu/hatcherteachingtools/
Dr. Hatcher is the Director for the Graduate Certificate in Anatomical Sciences Instruction, a 12-credit hour curriculum that includes a dissection-based gross anatomy curriculum (5 credit hours), a practicum-based experience in the same gross anatomy course (3 credit hours), an educational strategies course (3 credit hours), and a education-specific seminar course (1 credit hour). Many of the graduates of this Certificate have been successfully recruited into academic teaching positions following their doctoral degree. To learn more about this certificate, visit: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/ProspectiveStudents/Documents/Anatomy_teaching_certificate2017.pdf
Dr. Hatcher is an active member of the Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) program at the University of Kentucky as well as national organizations in her field, including the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS), the American Association of Anatomists (AAA), and the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).
Gazave, Christena M. and Hatcher, A.R. 2017. Evaluating the Use of Second LifeTM for Virtual Team-Based Learning in an Online Undergraduate Anatomy Course. Med Sci Educ. pp1-11. doi:10.1007/s40670-017-0374-8
Richardson-Hatcher, A. Text Messaging. In: Editors, Smith, M. J., Carpenter, R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2015). Encyclopedia of nursing education. New York: Springer Publishing.
Richardson-Hatcher, A., Hazzard, M., and Ramirez-Yanez, G. 2014. The Cranial Nerve Skywalk: A 3D tutorial of cranial nerves in a virtual platform. Ana Sci Edu 12;7(6): 469-478.
Richardson-Hatcher, A., Hazzard, M., Bentley, C., Gazave, C., Greenlee, T., and Brueckner-Collins, J. 2014. Team-based learning in a 3D online environment. Med Sci Educ. 24(1): 11-14.
Richardson-Hatcher., A., Hazzard, M., and Brueckner-Collins, J. 2013. Using a Three-Dimensional Platform to Teach the Pterygopalatine Fossa. Med Sci Educ. 23(3): 308-312.
Selected peer-reviewed abstracts and presentations:
Hatcher, April. 2017. Using 3D Paper Model Constructions and Wikki StixTM to Teach the Intricacies of the Pterygopalatine Fossa. Poster presentation. American Association of Anatomists. Chicago, Illinois. (Upcoming April 26th)
Hatcher, April R. and Andrew S. Deane. 2016. Teaching anatomy to visually impaired students: studies in undergraduate and professional curricula. Poster presentation. Clinical Anatomy: American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Oakland, CA.
Hatcher, April R. and Sikandar K. Niazi. 2016. Student techniques and attitudes toward learning in a large undergraduate anatomy course. Poster presentation. American Association of Clinical Anatomists. Oakland, CA.
Hatcher, A. and Kristen Platt. 2016. Muses and Mastery: Infusing Creativity into the Classroom. Platform presentation. Kentucky Pedagogicon Conference. Richmond, Ky.
Hatcher, April R. 2016. Thinking about thinking: how does metacognition impact student’s performance and perception of their learning experience? Platform presentation. Human Anatomy & Physiology Society. Atlanta, GA.
Platt, K. and Hatcher, A. 2015. Encouraging students to learn outside the classroom: use of a creative assignment in a large undergraduate anatomy course. Poster presentation (Poster award). Lilly Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Oxford, OH.
Richardson-Hatcher, A. Teaching tip: Lessons Learned from Team-Based Learning in a Large Undergraduate Anatomy Course. 2015. STEM teaching workshop and forum. University of Kentucky.
Richardson-Hatcher, A., Gazave, C., and Platt, K. 2015. 90-minute workshop presentation. Adapting Team-Based Learning in a large undergraduate anatomy course.” Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. Regional Meeting. Cincinnati, OH.