ASPR Membership Approves Bylaws Amendment
By ASPR Membership & Marketing Committee
The ASPR Membership & Marketing (M&M) Committee holds the responsibility for ensuring all ASPR applicants meet the membership eligibility definitions established by the ASPR Bylaws. Recently the committee proposed changes to our membership categories and eligibility. Since these changes would affect our bylaws they required a vote by the membership. On November 29 the proposal was approved with a vote of 184 to 56 (a quorum of 20% of the membership was met), and took effect on December 1.
These changes were given a great deal of thought and were not taken lightly by the ASPR leadership team. They were discussed at the committee and leadership levels over several months. The changes originated from a desire to increase our membership and to respond to concerns from our members.
One of ASPR’s strategic goals is to increase the awareness and visibility of our organization. We want to be the “go to” organization for anything dealing with physician recruitment and retention. This is one of the reasons the new Allied Member category was formed. This allows professionals such as executives, residency directors/coordinators, administrative assistants, physician liaisons, staff, students, and others who “touch” physician recruitment and retention to become ASPR members. Under our previous membership guidelines these individuals technically would not be allowed to become members, yet their membership would be consistent with the Mission, Vision, and Values of ASPR. Not only do we believe ASPR can provide a great value to these individuals, we also believe these individuals can make us a stronger and more viable association.
The Affiliate Member category was created due to concerns raised by our members. Our previous bylaws allowed for independent contractors (not directly employed by a healthcare organization, but recruiting for a single healthcare entity) and recruiters who work for staffing/management companies (Hospitalist, Emergency Medicine, etc.) to be active members with full membership benefits. Concerns were raised that these individuals utilized ASPR to solicit new business for themselves and many felt they should not be allowed membership. However, the leadership team strongly believes these individuals provide a tremendous value and should be a part of ASPR. To alleviate these concerns, the Affiliate Member category was created. Members in this category will no longer have access to Chat and will not be eligible to hold a leadership position, but will have all other privileges and benefits associated with an Individual Membership.
While making these changes we took painstaking steps to ensure we kept our identity as an association for in-house recruitment professionals. Thank you to everyone who voted and participated in the discussion on Chat. We appreciate everyone’s input and thoughts.