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ASPR Weekly

March 12, 2012

Benchmarking Survey: Two Days Left!

2012 ASPR Board of Directors Election Coming Up

Congratulations to ASPR’s Newest Fellows

JASPR Feature: Medical Practice Mergers and Acquisitions

Reminder: Residency Education Presentations and Tools Available

AIR Mail Feature

Question of the Week: Video Interviewing

Two Days leftBenchmarking Survey: Two Days Left!

We’ve reached the final days! The 2012 ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Survey is due March 15.

Participate today




2012 ASPR Board of Directors Election Coming Up

The ASPR Annual Elections are coming up! This year we will elect the Secretary and two Members-at-Large. In order to be eligible for nomination/election, Members of the Board must be ASPR members in the Individual Membership category and in good standing for a minimum of one year prior to the election. They must also be current active members on at least one ASPR Committee for at least one year. Board Members must be willing and able to travel (expenses reimbursed) to leadership meetings, the Annual meeting, attend monthly Board Meetings via phone, and act as a liaison to committees among other responsibilities.

PLEASE NOTE: Nominations and votes will be cast on the ASPR website. You will need your ASPR member username and password in order to log onto the website to nominate someone and to cast your vote! Please be sure to obtain your username and password in a timely manner prior to the election deadline. You can do this on the ASPR website or by contacting Member Services at 800-830-ASPR (2777).

Below you will find important dates to keep in mind and general job descriptions for each of the open positions.

Important Dates:

Call for Nominations Opens
Nomination Due Date
Ballots/Candidate Bios E-mailed
Ballot Due Date
Winners Notified
Results Announced

Secretary - The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that accurate and sufficient documentation exists to meet legal requirements, and to enable authorized persons to determine when, how, and by whom the board's business was conducted.

Board Member-at-Large (2 positions open) - Serves on Board of Directors. As with other directors, has a duty to see that the organization is run in a business-like manner. This position includes the responsibility to participate in regularly scheduled meetings, serve as a liaison to a standing committee, review relevant information, and generally taking the organization’s matters conscientiously. The Member-at-Large positions are two-year terms.

PLEASE NOTE: The terms will begin in August 2012 and end in August 2014.

If you have any questions regarding the Election process, please contact ASPR Executive Director, Jennifer Metivier, MS, FASPR, at or 800-830-ASPR (2777).

Congratulations to ASPR’s Newest Fellows

Congratulations to Tracy Fousnought from Laurel Health System in Wellsboro, PA and to Kristen Farrell of University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, MD for becoming certified as Fellows of ASPR (FASPRs)!

As a certified Fellow of ASPR (FASPR), you demonstrate to peers, employers, and physicians your commitment to continuing education and excellence in the discipline of physician recruitment.

Are you interested in becoming certified as a FASPR? ASPR’s Fellowship Program is the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for individuals seeking to develop and test their skills and knowledge within a broad spectrum of topics including physician/provider recruitment, onboarding and retention, human resources, and relevant legal issues.

Whether you are new to in-house physician recruitment or a seasoned veteran, there’s tremendous value in attaining Fellowship certification. We’ll provide an in-depth view of recruiting basics such as sourcing, screening, and interviewing, as well as delve deeply into more advanced topics such as interpreting benchmarking metrics and understanding/ implementing medical staff development plans. This cost effective and affordable program provides invaluable first hand information taught by experienced experts and provides you with resources, best practices, and cutting edge training specific to in-house physician recruitment professionals.

Learn more

JASPR Feature: Medical Practice Mergers and Acquisitions

JASPR Article: Medical Practices Mergers and AcquisitionsBy Lisa J. Vognild, MS, FASPR, Director of Physician Placement, Memorial Medical Group, South Bend, IN

A resurgence of medical practice mergers and acquisitions is among us again. Much like the frenzy of practice mergers seen in the mid 1990s due to managed care, medical practice mergers are on the rise today due to health care reform. According to a HealthLeaders Media survey in November 2010, nearly nine out of ten respondents believe that the enactment of healthcare reform legislation has driven the increase in healthcare mergers and acquisitions (Minich-Pourshadi, 2010). The lessons learned from earlier failed or dysfunctional mergers can help organizations and independent practices better prepare and plan for mergers today.

Read more

Reminder: Residency Education Presentations and Tools Available

Many ASPR members provide educational presentations to help residents and fellows with their job search. We do this for two reasons – first to provide helpful information to trainees that they would otherwise not receive from their programs, and second, to get an opportunity to get face to face contact with them and hope that they may want one of our positions that we’re recruiting for!

ASPR is pleased to provide our members with resources to help educate residents and fellows on a variety of topics which will assist them with their job search as they transition from training to practice. These resources will help you empower residents and fellows as they launch and manage their job search. Our hope is that ASPR members will provide education at their local and regional training programs and refer residents and fellows to the ASPR website to connect directly with our members.

You will find the resident education resources in the Member Resources section of the ASPR website. You will find available several PowerPoint presentations geared towards residents as well as some geared towards Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. You will also find some additional documents that are available to download and share with residents that cover individual topics in more detail. Our “toolbox” also provides recommendations on how to use the resources and tips on gaining access to training programs.

Please use these resources and if the residents and fellows are not interested in staying in your area, please refer them to to access our member directory to connect with colleagues in other parts of the country and search our physician job board.

AIR Mail Feature: Joint ASPR and AIR Membership Drive

AIR and ASPR are partnering on a membership drive that will target Medical School Deans and CEOs whose institutions are members of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). We are presently working on correspondence that will highlight the benefits of joining both organizations and a plan on how best to reach this audience. More details to come!

Read the full issue of AIR Mail, a monthly newsletter from the Academic In-house Recruiters, a Chapter of ASPR

Question of the Week

This week’s Question of the Week is: Have you utilized video-enabled interviewing at your organization?

  1. Yes
  2. No, and I don’t intend to
  3. No, but I plan to in the near future

Answer the Question of the Week

Thank you to all of you who participated in last week’s “Question of the Week.” There were 49 respondents and the results of the survey were:

When making the decision on when to use an outside recruitment firm for assistance, who makes the decision at your organization?

Physician Recruiter/Physician Recruitment Department level
Department Chair/Hiring physician level
Question of the Week Answer Precentage Question of the Week Answer Precentage
Vice President/CEO level
Not applicable – we never use outside recruitment assistance
Question of the Week Answer Precentage Question of the Week Answer Precentage
Important Dates

Dec 1 - Mar 15
Benchmarking Survey open
for submissions
Benchmarking Survey Details

ASPR Live Webinar Series — Developing a Successful Physician Mentor Program
Details and Registration
ASPR 2012 Annual Conference Begins

View ASPR Weekly Archive

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