Letter from the Editor
By Laura Screeney, FASPR, Corporate Director, Office of Physician Recruitment, North Shore-LIJ, Manhasset, New York, firstname.lastname@example.org, and JASPR Editor 2003-2011
Extra, Extra, read all about it… JASPR gets a new Co-editor!
As I sat down to write my last column as Co-editor of JASPR, I would be remiss if I did not say that it has been bittersweet.
In 2003, I was asked to resurrect the almost defunct ASPR newsletter, so I begged and pleaded, called on a few old friends, and put together a new committee that worked really hard to publish a quarterly ASPR newsletter. Judy Brown was a brave soul who decided to join us later that year, and would become to this day, an amazing Co-editor, and good friend. In 2007, this dedicated group of volunteers took advice from Emeril Lagasse to “kick it up a notch” and make JASPR the incredible professional journal that you read today.
As a charter ASPR member, I recall our first issue of the newsletter (I believe Tim Skinner printed the two-sided document in his basement) and our first conference (30 people with boxed lunches and one speaker), to our current issue of JASPR (with 40 pages) and last year’s conference (with more than 300 physician recruitment professionals in attendance), but there are some things about this industry that have not changed. The in-house physician recruitment industry is an industry of which I am proud to be a member. The individuals who I have met don’t think twice about sharing an idea, document or best practice with any colleague across the US or Canada. This is an industry of people who truly “like people and like what they do.” This is a group of individuals who take their jobs seriously, but do it with caring and gusto. In-house recruitment professionals tend to be modest, so we do not always realize how big an impact our caring and dedication can have on a community, facility, or one precious life. We are the people who orchestrate a family’s new life in a community, recruit the physician that might deliver our neighbor’s baby (or, in one situation, my recruitment coordinator’s baby!), or might save another’s life. We take phone calls at all hours of the day and night as we understand that our candidates work odd hours compared to the rest of the world. We are the people who pick up a family at the airport, invite them to meet our friends and neighbors when visiting the community, and share our personal stories with our candidates as we truly care about bringing the best to our communities and making sure that our physicians and their families love our community as much as we do.
We are a close knit community of sharers and givers and I am proud to call you my colleagues and friends. As I turn over the reins of JASPR Co-editor to Lori Jackson Norris, I am confident that Lori will carry on the tradition of journalistic excellence for which JASPR has come to be known. I will continue my involvement on JASPR as a committee member and ASPR Board liaison, but am excited to hear/see Lori’s new ideas implemented as JASPR evolves.
Thank you for sharing your articles, best practices and stories with me during these past eight years. I am extremely proud of the efforts put forth by this group of dedicated volunteers who put together the Journal of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters every quarter and I look forward to reading each new issue!