A Letter from the Executive Director
By Jennifer Metivier, MS, FASPR, ASPR Executive Director
Happy New Year! ASPR had a busy and productive year in 2011 and it looks like 2012 is slated to be a fantastic year as well! I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our Committee Co-Chairs and Committee Members for the countless hours that you have spent volunteering on the many ongoing ASPR projects. ASPR could not be the amazing organization that it is without our dedicated member volunteers – thank you!
We have had some important announcements in ASPR Weekly over the last month or two that I would like to recap for you. The first is that ASPR is now able to offer membership group discounts. We realize that many organizations have additional people who could benefit greatly from becoming a member of ASPR. Some organizations alternate memberships between recruiters from year to year and could benefit from a group discount so that all of their recruiters could be members all of the time. Full details regarding this program may be found at www.aspr.org/join.
Another recent announcement is that the 2012 ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Survey is now open! Data collection began on December 1 and will continue through the end of February. We need your participation! Everyone who participates will receive a free copy of the results, access to the analyzable data ($300 value), and a chance to win an iPad2!
In other news, the Fellowship Committee has a few updates that I’d like to remind you about. The Physician Recruitment 101 Module is now available as an on-demand webinar series. This webinar series is a great opportunity to get a jumpstart on the Fellowship certification program without spending time out of the office. ASPR will also offer the Physician Recruitment 201 Module in conjunction with the PracticeMatch Recruiters Conference on February 12 at the Royal Palm Hotel in Miami, FL. All three programs will be offered at the Annual ASPR Conference in August in Los Angeles.
Speaking of the annual conference, the Education Committee has been quite busy. The LA inspired theme has been finalized — Mission imPossible: Recruiting the Stars of Tomorrow. The committee is in the process of selecting keynote and plenary speakers and will review the proposals for breakout sessions submitted through the recent Call for Presentations.
A few changes have been made to the Annual Conference schedule this year. In response to member feedback, ASPR is extending its conference from two days to two and a half days for the main session. The expansion of our main conference will provide for additional educational sessions while still allowing for more networking and free time. The main session will start as usual on Monday morning, but will wrap up before noon on Wednesday versus the end of Tuesday in past years. Sunday will continue to be the official kick-off for the main conference, with our Welcome Reception on Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The ASPR Fellowship certification programs will be offered on Saturday (201) and Sunday (101 and 301). Another change for this year is that the infamous Monday Evening Event will now become the Tuesday Evening Event! This will free up your Monday evening to spend exploring LA Live and enjoying time with friends and colleagues.
Last, the 2012 monthly webinars have been finalized and are now available for registration. Onboarding, retention, behavioral interviewing, and physician engagement are among the topics scheduled. Full details can be found in the Education section of our website.
As always, I look forward to hearing any thoughts, suggestions, ideas or comments from you!