SoundPractice Podcast

SoundPractice Podcast

The business podcast for physicians and health care leaders.

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For Physician Leaders: Suicide in the Age of COVID-19, and Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care with Dr. Kent Corso

We have all seen the studies. The statistics on physician burnout and suicide are alarming. The general public is also experiencing an uptick in need of mental health and behavioral services. Dr. Kent Corso is Principal, NCR Behavioral Health, and is a nationally recognized expert.  His book with the AAPL, “Integrating Behavioral Health into the Medical Home: A Rapid Implementation Guide,” is a best-seller and sets forth success stories we need to know about health systems (and the VA) who have had put together successful behavioral health programs. Concerning physician suicide and physician wellness, Kent Corso and Mike Sacopulos discuss employee centered policies that help physicians, and how integrating behavioral health also help with the burden of duties on physicians, reducing physician burnout. Kent Corso’s book on Integrating Behavioral Health into the Medical Home: [email protected] Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
June 2, 2021

Trends in Medical School Admissions, Curriculum, Academic Medical Careers, and Musings on the Medical School Match with Associate Dean, Dr. Anne VanGarsse

Medical schools are not only the gatekeeper to the profession but help chart the course of the entire medical profession. In this SoundPractice episode Mike Sacopulos interviews Anne VanGarsse, MD, CPE, MD, FAAP, CHCEF, the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Community Engagement and Population Health at California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is also an associate professor of pediatrics and pharmacy. They discuss general trends in medical school admissions, (The Fauci Effect), class demographics and the applicant pool, and evolving curricula.  After an 11-year career in the private sector, Dr. VanGarsse entered academia and so she also provides insider tips for physician leaders who may consider an academic career path.  The conversation also addresses the Match Day process and the collective cause for concern for the lack of residency slots and the work that remains.  
May 19, 2021

Sleep, Health, and Healthcare with Marty Martin

Few would argue that the lack of sleep has detrimental effects upon performance.  Unfortunately, the healthcare industry has taken the “sleep is important for others” approach to operations and staffing.  In this episode of SoundPractice, we speak with Marty Martin a nationally recognized behavioral sleep expert and DePaul University professor.  His website,, is a go to resource for numerous industry leaders when addressing optimal performance of their staff.  This episode looks at chronotypes, microbreaks, smartphones, and physician call coverage.  Marty Martin’s practical guidance to sleep offers useable information for both patients and physicians. Dr. Martin mentions It is a go to resource for numerous industry leaders when addressing optimal performance of their staff.  [email protected] Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
May 5, 2021

Your Game Plan and Frontal Cortex: Strategic Thinking with Brooke Albright

Your Game Plan and Frontal Cortex:  Strategic Thinking with Brooke Albright Key to any shift in behavior is the understanding of how positive behavior change works in the body, brain, and mind.  In truth, the neuropsychological elements of strategic thinking play out in important and often unexpected ways in our daily lives.  Brooke Albright, MA, Founder of Conscious Healthcare Consulting, has designed a self-study course on The Neuropsychology of Strategic Thinking for the AAPL. Join us on this episode of SoundPractice for a look at executive brain function, brain anatomy, and how subjective experiences shape our strategic thinking.  Ms. Albright provides an approachable and meaningful way for physician leaders to “start where you are” in understanding strategic thinking in terms of neuropsychological principles.  [email protected] Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
April 21, 2021

Positive Disruption in Healthcare: Dr. Philip Powell’s Clarion Call to Physician Leaders

Philip Powell, PhD, is Associate Dean of Academic Programs at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Powell teaches economics and international business including the Kelley School's Physician MBA Program, a 21-month physician-only MBA.  In this SoundPractice episode, Dr. Powell talks about educating the next generation of physician leaders stressing that they have the mindset and skills to improve healthcare delivery, he shares interesting case studies of physicians who have changed their systems, and he discusses the need for common language and metrics surrounding compensation and value-based care. His message is one of hope and possibility.  Finally, Host Mike Sacopulos and Dr. Powell discuss the new alliance between the American Association for Physician Leadership and the Kelley School of Business. Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at
April 8, 2021

The Blackwell Sisters: Physician Leadership and Courage

Here at SoundPractice, we became aware of Janice Nimura’ s latest book, “The Doctors Blackwell,” after a recent review of the book in The Wall Street Journal.  Janice P. Nimura. M.A. received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on The Doctors Blackwell. The book examines the life and education of the first female physician in the United States.  Nineteenth Century pioneers and practitioners, Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell helped educate a generation of female physicians and establish the emergence of women leadership in the medical community. Ms. Nimura walks us through life at antebellum medical colleges, public health of the time, changes in medical school education, and the education of women physicians, since the early 1900s. If current events have you in need of inspiration, or if you are interested in good storytelling, this is the podcast for you. The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at
March 24, 2021

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SoundPractice, hosted by the American Association for Physician Leadership®, delivers practical information and fresh perspectives for physician leaders and those running healthcare systems. Physician advocates Michael Sacopulos, JD (healthcare attorney, author, speaker) and Cheryl Toth, MBA (business writer, speaker - former practice consultant and healthcare tech executive) bring you the best thought leaders, crisp humor, and pithy tips to help your healthcare organization thrive.
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Cheryl Toth, MBA

Cheryl Toth, MBA

Cheryl Toth, MBA, is a professional development leader, trainer, and content creator. Her passion is empowering physicians and practice teams to achieve goals, improve performance, and enjoy their work.

She brings 25 years of practice management consulting, training, healthcare technology leadership, and content development to her projects.

Cheryl has a BS, Music from Western Michigan University and an MBA, Finance from Loyola University Chicago. She received coaching training from Erickson College. A distance runner and life-long learner, Cheryl enjoys culinary, visual, and performing arts, loves to travel, and aspires to speak Spanish fluently.
Michael J. Sacopulos, JD

Michael J. Sacopulos, JD

Mike is the CEO of Medical Risk Institute (MRI), a firm that provides proactive counsel to the healthcare community in order to identify where liability risks originate, and reduce or remove these risks. Mike’s unlawyerlike pragmatism and clever wit make him a sought after speaker by national specialty societies MGMA national and state chapters, and trade associations.

Mike is General Counsel for Medical Justice Services where he is tasked with keeping the organization’s members out of meritless lawsuits. In a fit of madness, Mike agreed to work with a Lloyd’s of London firm, to write the first cyber insurance product designed exclusively for healthcare industry.

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