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Leadership Lessons for Physicians from Ted Lasso

Apple TV+ launched “Ted Lasso” in the fall of 2020. The series focuses on an American football coach (played by Jason Sudeikis) who is hired to coach an English soccer team. But Ted Lasso is less about sports and more about leadership.  A Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild, and a Critics Choice Award later, along with charming an ever growing audience, we are ready for the second season. In this episode of SoundPractice we will talk with Gary Schwartz, MD, MHA, President, Associated Eye Care, about his LinkedIn article, “Leadership Lessons from Season One of Ted Lasso.” Dr. Schwartz found ten crucial leadership lessons woven into the Ted Lasso series. This episode serves proof that SoundPractice can be hip, socially relevant, and educational -- simultaneously.

Gary Schwartz, MD, MHA
President, Associated Eye Care
Stillwater, MN

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Your Supply Chain for Your Health System: Impact of Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Manmade Disasters

The Coronavirus and COVID-19 have taught the healthcare profession many lessons over the past year and a half. One of those lessons was the vulnerability of supply chains. In the midst of battle, King Richard exclaimed “My kingdom for a horse!” The 2020 equivalent was “My kingdom for PPE!”

Natural disasters, geopolitical upheavals, and isolated catastrophes serve as causes for removed from their effects upon our healthcare systems. In this episode of SoundPractice, we will be joined by Bindiya Vakil to explore supply chain strategies and vulnerabilities. Ms. Vakil is the founder and CEO of Resilinc, a provider of AI-based supply chain mapping and disruption monitoring services, and the author of Harvard Business Review articles related to supply chain management. Resilinc assists firms with analysis and use of their supply chains. We will look at how a factory fire in India or a hurricane in Puerto Rico can impact a hospital in rural Iowa. Beyond an academic exercise, this episode will offer some concrete strategies for healthcare leaders charged with supply chain oversight. Join us for a discussion on planning for complexity and opportunities when it come to your supply chain on this episode of SoundPractice.

Bindiya Vakil, Founder and CEO

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The Availability of Federal Funds and the CARES Act. A Bonus SoundPractice Episode

The past eighteen months has seen an unpredictable level of federal financial support for healthcare providers. Provider Relief Funds and Employee Retention Tax Credit has assisted healthcare providers coping with decreased revenue resulting from the pandemic. In this Bonus episode we will talk with Domenic J. Segalla, Principal and Market Leader of Withum’s Healthcare Advisory Group. Domenic will identify currently available federal funds and the terms of qualification for these funds. This bonus episode has a short shelf life as federal programs expire. Don’t miss out on opportunities to receive additional federal funds. Join us for expert advice from Domenic Segalla on the methods to receive significant additional dollars under the CARES Act.

Domenic J. Segalla
Principal, Market Leader, Withum Healthcare Advisory Services

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Counseling Colleagues: Dr. Randy Bickle on Physician Mentorships

Randall Bickle, DO, JD, CPE, FAAPL, is the CEO and medical director of Olympia Medical LLC and a family practice physician at St. Joe’s Medical Group. A member of the AAPL Board of Directors and a board-certified physician in family practice and geriatrics, Bickle has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years.  In this practical podcast, Mike Sacopulos interviews Dr. Bickle on mentoring physicians, what makes for a beneficial mentor/mentee relationship, and some hints on getting started as a mentor.   We all can remember an older colleague that took interest in us early in our career. The success of the individual as well as the profession depends upon education and guidance. As a bonus, Dr. Bickle discusses professional duties, not from the patient perspective, but from the vantage point of junior colleagues. mentor/mentee relationship to time involved, we will analyze mentorships. This episode of SoundPractice will leave you with a sense of pride and a clear map of how to be a mentor.
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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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