A Letter from the Executive Director
By Jennifer Metivier, MS, FASPR, ASPR Executive Director
There is never a dull moment at ASPR! Some projects are evergreen, while other projects wax and wane throughout the year. Without our member volunteers, things would come to quite a halt. So here is a shout out to all of our ASPR leaders and volunteers who help keep the wheels greased and the train moving forward. Thank you for volunteering! Here are a few updates on what has been going on at ASPR since our last issue.
The Education Committee has planned an incredible line-up of speakers for the 2013 ASPR Annual Conference and a fun filled evening event at Old Tucson Studios. The Conference will be held August 10-14, 2013 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, AZ. This issue of JASPR includes a summary of what you can expect when you attend this year’s Annual Conference. You won’t want to miss it! Registration is now open.
Fellowship exam update
In the last issue of JASPR, we updated you on the status of the Fellowship Certification exam revisions. We indicated they would be ready for use in April. Extra development time is necessary, so the release date has been changed to July 1. The Fellowship Committee recommends that if you have taken any of the current program modules and/or are registered for any of the current exams, that you complete the exam prior to July 1. All three program modules are being updated to correspond with the updated exams and will be available at the 2013 Annual Conference. It is highly recommended that if you do not complete your exams prior to July 1 that you take the updated program modules before sitting for the new exams. Reminders will be sent to anyone who has not yet taken their exams.
You may have read in the February 6 issue of ASPR Weekly that the Board of Directors has implemented a governance restructure. This has resulted in more defined and specific roles for each of our Board members. Each member-at-large position now has a specialized area of focus with responsibilities that align with strategic priorities. The members-at-large titles have been changed to vice president of a strategic area. You’ll notice these new vice president titles during the nomination and election process happening this spring.
The ASPR Board of Directors elections are coming up in June! This year we will elect the president-elect, treasurer and three members at large. The members at large positions that are up for election are the newly defined vice president of education, vice president of engagement, and vice president of research. The Board of Directors call for nominations was open throughout the month of March. A task force will vet each candidate and elections will take place in June. Elections will be held online — therefore, you will need your ASPR member username and password to cast your ballot. Please plan ahead and cast your vote in June!
ASPR is pleased to welcome Kate Rader to the co-chair position for the ASPR Chapter/Regional Relations Committee and to the ASPR Leadership Team! Kate is the manager of recruitment coordination services at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She is taking over the co-chair position from Lori Pinkerton, who was just appointed to the position last October. Lori has left the field of in-house physician recruitment and accepted a position as the community operations officer for Sisters of Mercy West Midwest. We wish Lori best of luck in her new position, and are excited to have Kate as a member of the ASPR Leadership Team!
Chat rules and understanding anti-trust
ASPR recently required that all Chat users re-register for the listserv in order to re-educate everyone regarding the Chat Code of Conduct and the ASPR Anti-Trust Policy. If you’re no longer receiving Chat messages, you will need to re-register online. It is important that all ASPR members understand anti-trust law and the ASPR policies surrounding it. Anti-trust is a federal law; therefore, violating anti-trust laws on the ASPR Chat listserv puts you, your employer, and ASPR at risk for criminal and/or civil litigation. Please read the details in the Chat Code of Conduct and the anti-trust policy to ensure that you are in compliance. ASPR presented a webinar, Understanding Anti-Trust, on May 8. This webinar was recorded and will be available for on-demand viewing if you are unable to attend. I highly recommend that you view this webinar. Thank you for complying with the ASPR policies regarding this important issue!
Last, but not least, we’d like to remind you all to participate in the ASPR Member Survey. This survey helps us understand how we, as an organization, are doing to meet your educational and networking needs. It is your opportunity to let us know what benefits are most valuable to you, what educational topics you’d like to access, and any other feedback you may have. The survey will open later this spring. We appreciate your participation!
As always, I look forward to hearing any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, or comments from you!