ASPR leadership profile:
Kate Rader, co-chair, ASPR Chapter and Regional Relations Committee
Your name: Kate Rader
When did your current leadership term begin? March 1, 2013
What is your current job title? Manager of recruitment coordination services
What organization do you work for? University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
What do your responsibilities include? I’m utilized at the discretion of the basic science and clinical science departments for recruitment. I’m also spearheading the onboarding efforts within the organization.
How long have you been recruiting physicians? About seven years now.
How long have you been an ASPR member? Almost five years.
What other ASPR committees do you participate in? I just recently accepted the co-chair position for the ASPR Chapter and Regional Relations Committee. I’m also active on the membership committee and am currently serving as president of OAR.
What is the best part of being an ASPR member? The networking and invaluable education received as an ASPR member has helped me take steps forward within my own organization.
Why is it important to you to serve as an ASPR leader? I believe that it’s very important to give back to ASPR when I’ve been able to take and use so much valuable information from it.
What do you think are the one or two most important attributes of a successful physician recruitment professional? Be extremely flexible; things in healthcare are forever changing.
What brief advice would you give to a new physician recruiter? We’ve all been in your boat and most of us are still floating fine. Even though the waters may get rough, you’ve got a great network for assistance and support!
What was one of your proudest moments at work? Assisting in the recruitment of a GYN sub specialist (pediatric adolescent gynecologist) of which there are only 12 graduating fellows in North American each year.
Can you share a funny work situation that you’ll never forget? When in Cleveland, I was working on a recruit for the basic science lab. There was bad weather that day and two of the faculty members were getting nervous about their flights home being canceled and wanted to go home early. I kept telling them that the flight would be okay and encouraged them to stay. Turns out, their flights were canceled! With the help of others in the department, I was able to reschedule their flights quickly without them even knowing. I just told them that there were some changes to their itineraries, but they would be getting home just fine!
If you could have lunch with anyone past or present, who would it be and why? I’d like to have lunch with Mother Teresa because she was able to accomplish so much in a very humble and gracious way.
Name one interesting thing many of your colleagues may not know about you. I don’t like any spices that begin with the letter C…it just happened that way.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to work in hotels; however, after working in one, I realized that it was nothing like the show Hotel starring James Brolin and Connie Sellecca.
What song best describes your work ethic? The Rolling Stones, You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Dream job after retirement (if you have one)? I think I’d like to be a hotel concierge.
What do you believe is the greatest invention in your lifetime so far? Cell phones because they’ve morphed into so much more.
What was the last book you read or movie you saw? 42, it was fabulous!
Do you have a favorite quote or motto? Never say never.