ASPR Code of Conduct

  1. To represent the recruiting profession with dignity and integrity.
  2. To maintain a sense of objectivity, understanding and fairness in my professional performance.
  3. To encourage, assist and teach my colleagues the principles and practices of recruitment.
  4. To accurately and fairly represent practice opportunities and communities to physician candidates.
  5. To accurately and fairly represent physician candidates to practice opportunities and healthcare entities.
  6. To maintain confidentiality in my professional conduct.
  7. To respect the recruitment profession and commit myself to ongoing education that will enhance the profession and develop my personal expertise in the field.
  8. To comply with all State and Federal Laws relating to employment practices.

Approved by Board of Directors, September 20, 2005

This policy is available in PDF format here.

ASPR Chat Code of Conduct

ASPR Chat is a member benefit provided for the exclusive use of ASPR members in the Individual, Allied, Honorary, and Interim membership categories. Questions and exchanges of information on ASPR Chat are intended for educational and networking purposes.

By joining and using ASPR’s Chat service (Listserv), you agree that you have read and will comply with the ASPR Chat Code of Conduct, ASPR Code of Ethics, and the ASPR Antitrust Policy. Each participant agrees to indemnify and hold ASPR harmless for all claims, potential claims, causes of actions, lawsuits or any other consequences, whether foreseeable or unforeseeable, in all respects whatsoever.

Violations of the ASPR Chat Code of Conduct will subject the user to disciplinary actions by ASPR including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion from ASPR chat, or in the case of gross misconduct, a forfeiture of ASPR membership. ASPR does not actively monitor or censor the site for inappropriate postings. However, if inappropriate posting is brought to ASPR’s attention, ASPR will take all appropriate action.

Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with these important rules governing behavior on ASPR Chat. If you have questions, contact Jessica Gill at ASPR at

  • All defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are strictly prohibited.
  • Interact with Chat members in a respectful, professional, and ethical manner.
  • Do not post anything in a listserv message you would not want the world to see or anyone to know came from you.
  • Do not forward, print and send or otherwise relay information from the Chat outside of your organization. ASPR Chat messages are to be read and utilized by ASPR members ONLY.
  • Do not include anyone in your emails to Chat in the “to” or “cc” or “bcc”. This could result in that person receiving all replies to your email which is a violation of the Chat Code of Conduct.
  • Do not challenge or attack others. The discussions on the lists are meant to stimulate conversation, not create contention.
  • Do not pose questions or participate in discussions relating salaries, prices, pricing strategies, restrictions on advertising, maintaining the profitability of a profession or industry, terms or conditions of sale, minimizing discounts, gifts or promotions, profits, profit margins, cost data, market share, sales territories, customers or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers (per the ASPR Anti-trust Policy). Here are some examples (however not an exhaustive list) of topics that are considered “contractual details” that cannot be discussed on the ASPR Chat listserv:
    • Provider compensation (specific numbers or ranges) – however general models can be discussed (not yours specifically) and recommendations on national surveys may be given
      • i.e.: We offer $XXX for primary care physicians – VIOLATION
    • Provider benefits including details (specific or general) on vacation time, CME time and dollar amounts, retirement benefits, stipends, relocation amounts, loan repayment amounts, etc.; you may not indicate what your compensation and benefits package details are in any form; even listing the benefits that are included in your package without including a quantity would be a violation of anti-trust law
      • i.e.: We offer relocation assistance and a sign on bonus - VIOLATION
      • i.e.: We offer $XXX for CME and X days PTO - VIOLATION
    • Vendor fees/rates
      • i.e.: Firm ABC offers a rate of $XXX - VIOLATION
    • Vendor contract terms (such as period that a candidate “belongs” to a firm )
      • i.e.: We require our contracts to be limited to 12 months for the candidate “sunset clause” - VIOLATION
  • Do not share copyrighted information from any sources (e.g. MGMA or AMGA salary surveys). According to copyright law, documents created while in the employment of another organization belong to that organization.
  • Do not share documents that you do not have authorization to share. It is best to only share documents from your current organization that you have permission to share. You may also consider removing your organization’s identifying information from the document prior to sharing it. Use caution when discussing products or services, and the companies providing such products and services. Information posted on the lists is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws. However, feel free to explain your situation regarding products, services and companies while avoiding unflattering labels. Think behavioral interviewing: what happened, who did what and the outcome.
  • Solicitation of business from other members based on information obtained from ASPR Chat or attendance at ASPR educational events/programs is strictly prohibited.
  • If you endorse a company, service, or product and have a financial arrangement with the company, you must disclose that financial arrangement as part of your endorsement.
    Include a signature tag on all messages. Include your name, organization, phone, address (including city, state and zip), and email address.
  • Only send a message to the entire list when it contains information from which everyone can benefit. Send messages such as "thanks for the information" or "me, too" directly to individuals--not the entire list. (Reply vs Reply to All)
  • Please turn off the read receipt function.

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