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ASPR 2013 Annual Conference

The ASPR Education Committee has developed an incredible line-up of educational content for the 2013 ASPR Annual Conference, which will be held August 10-14 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ. The resort is located just outside of Tucson at the base of the Tucson Mountains in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Starr Pass is a unique destination resort complete with world class spa facilities and nationally acclaimed Arizona golf courses.

Join your colleagues at this educational conference designed specifically for in-house physician recruitment professionals. As you strive to meet the challenges and opportunities of the evolving healthcare environment, your informational needs are greater than ever before. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with and learn from colleagues.

ASPR’s annual conference is attended by hundreds of in-house physician recruitment professionals from across the US and Canada. It is an opportunity to receive cutting-edge information critical to your success in the field of physician recruitment and retention and to network with colleagues from across the country.

Keynote and plenary speakers

The Annual Conference will commence with Monday’s keynote speaker, Mark Scharenbroich, CSP, CPAE, who will present “Nice Bike.” Mark will inspire you, motivate you, and validate the importance of recognizing people to improve employee and team performance. The Nice Bike principle will demonstrate three powerful steps: acknowledge, honor, and connect to develop stronger relationships.

Tuesday’s keynote speaker will be M. Tray Dunaway, MD, FACS. Dr. Dunaway is a general surgeon by training; he will present “Connecting the Dots of Healthcare: ­Better Healthcare through Mutuality.” He will discuss hospital and physician relationships and alignment along with other related issues. You won’t need caffeine to jolt you awake after this unique and highly motivational, inspirational and entertaining keynote on business facets of the modern healthcare ecosystem that rival any nightclub act in town.

Our final keynote speaker on Wednesday will be M. Shane Foreman, principal and founder of 3d Health. Mark will present “Physician Recruitment in a Post-Reform Era” which will call for a different type of physician, a more sophisticated physician recruitment process, and physician recruiters with new and different skill sets. This session will provide participants with the knowledge, insight, and energy to evolve into the physician recruiter of the future.

Breakout presentations

ASPR will offer 21 breakout sessions representing three diverse learning tracks that will allow conference attendees to specifically target topics that are of most interest to them. Sessions are available for all levels of experience. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, there is something for everyone!

The Marketing and Sourcing learning track will include tips on understanding legal issues as they relate to candidate screening, exhibiting at specialty conferences, understanding passive job seekers, utilizing technology for sourcing, thinking like a marketer, and several other relevant topics.

The Adding Value: Other Duties as Assigned learning track covers other roles and responsibilities that many in-house physician recruitment find themselves taking on in addition to their recruitment responsibilities. Topics will include medical staff development planning, physician coaching, legal issues in the recruitment of non-employed physicians, leadership development for physician recruitment professionals, dealing with challenging searches, and other sessions focused on coordinating the multiple roles that recruiters juggle including onboarding and retention.

The Trends in Healthcare learning track will focus on current and future trends in healthcare. Speakers will present on hospital and physician alignment and relationships, immigration issues, recruiting advanced practice providers, trends with hospital-based specialists, compensation models including those that utilize quality measures and supplemental benefits.

Fellowship Certification Program

The ASPR Fellowship Certification Program is the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for individuals seeking to develop and test their skills and knowledge in the physician recruitment profession. ASPR is pleased to offer the ASPR Fellowship Program in conjunction with our annual conference. Physician Recruitment 201 module will be held on Saturday, August 10, and both Physician Recruitment 101 module and 301 module will be offered on Sunday, August 11. This schedule will allow you to combine 101 and 201, or 201 and 301, to make the most efficient use of your time and travel dollars on a schedule that reduces time out of the office.

Physician Recruitment 101 Module

  • Review cutting-edge physician sourcing methodologies.
  • Learn effective screening techniques.
  • Create positive physician interview experiences!
  • Make immigration work to assist your recruitment program.
  • Learn how to develop a physician recruitment budget.

Physician Recruitment 201 Module

  • Understand current trends in compensation.
  • Learn effective sourcing for advanced practice providers.
  • Understand the components of a relocation policy.
  • Implement an effective physician onboarding program.
  • Obtain practical advice on developing a retention program.

Physician Recruitment 301 Module

  • Understand the Physician Self-Referral Law (“Stark”) and federal Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Learn about medical staff development plans.
  • Discover how to track, use, and interpret benchmarking metrics.
  • Obtain an understanding of visas, H1B caps, and exemptions.
  • Review physician benefit plans and understand physician priorities.
  • Gain skills in employment law, regulatory agencies, and potential litigation.

Tuesday evening event

This year, the event will be held at Old Tucson Studios — a preserved slice of Americana. Old Tucson Studios transports you back to the frontier and is the setting for more than 300 movies and television productions including Tombstone, The Quick and the Dead, and The Three Amigos. Since 1939, Old Tucson is one of the most active filming locations for Western-themed movies, television, cable shows and commercials in the United States.

Join us for a western barbeque dinner and drinks along with live music from Western Fusion. Enjoy a two-step performance; if you enjoyed salsa lessons last year, you’ll enjoy line-dancing lessons this year! If you’re not a dancer, it’s just as fun to watch!

Stop by the Old Tucson Story Museum to learn the amazing history of Old Tucson and see original costumes worn by the stars of legendary television series including Little House on the Prairie and Bonanza. Official historians will be available to share stories of the heyday of western movie-making at Old Tucson.

The Tuesday evening event is a great way to mingle with colleagues, sponsors, and exhibitors. Relax, dance, eat, network, and have a great time!

Enjoy Tucson

Arriving early? Staying after the conference is over? Looking for something to do with your free time? There are a multitude of things to see and do in the Tucson area and at the resort. The JW Marriott Resort & Spa has world-class spa facilities and nationally acclaimed golf courses. Cool down at the pool or lazy river. Join a tequila master on the patio each evening for a complimentary and lively tequila toast to the “Legend of Arriba, Abajo” or participate in the Native American “Mitakuye Oyasi Morning Ritual.”

There is ample hiking, biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding throughout the area as well as beautiful parks and must-see museums. Visit the Arizona-Sonora Museum in Tucson Mountain Park, the Pima Air & Space Museum, or the White Dove or San Xavier Mission. Bringing your family? Enjoy the Reid Park Zoo or Tucson Children’s Museum.

Like to shop? According to, “Tucson is a shopper’s dream. There’s a mixture of specialty shops, indoor malls and outdoor shopping that’s sure to please the most discriminating shopper.” Shop at the Tucson Mall, Park Place Mall, La Encantada, Foothills Mall or visit shopping districts like Campbell Avenue District, Downtown Tucson Partnership, the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, the Lost Barrio, and Main Gate Square.

According to the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, the following are the “Top Picks from the Tucson Visitor’s Guide”:

  • International Mariachi Conference
  • Tucson Museum of Art
  • Biosphere 2
  • Catalina State Park
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory
  • Sabino Canyon
  • Tohono Chul Park
  • Tubac

Find more things to do in Tucson at:

Schedule and registration fees

The information below provides an overview of the conference schedule and registration fees for the 2013 ASPR Annual Conference. Additional details will be provided in the conference registration brochure once available.

Saturday 8/10:
Physician Recruitment 201 Module

Sunday 8/11:
Physician Recruitment 101 and 301 Modules
Welcome Reception

Monday 8/12:
Main Session Begins
Keynote Speaker: Mark Scharenbroich, CSP, CPAE
Breakout Sessions
Roundtable Sessions

Tuesday 8/13:
Keynote Speaker: M. Tray Dunaway, MD,
FACS, CSP, CHCO, CHCC Breakout Sessions
Evening Networking Event at Old Tucson

Wednesday 8/14:
Plenary Speaker: M. Shane Foreman
Breakout Sessions
Meeting adjourns ~12PM

Member By 7/17

Member After 7/17

Non-Member By 7/17

Non-Member After 7/17

One Fellowship Module Only





Two Fellowship Modules Only





Main Conference Only





Main Conference + One Fellowship Module





Main Conference + Two Fellowship Modules





The early bird rate deadline is July 17, 2013.

Conference lodging

ASPR has secured a block of rooms at the JW Marriott Star Pass Resort & Spa at a rate of $169 per night plus tax. The cutoff date for this rate is July 17, 2013. Reservations may be made online or by calling 1-877-622-3140.


Registration is now open! Additional details can be found in the conference registration brochure and on the ASPR website.

Journal of ASPR - Spring 2013

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