ASPR leadership profile:
Jake Shimansky, Chair, ASPR Ethics Committee
What is your current title in your job? Director of Physician Recruitment
What organization do you work for? Alegis Care, Chicago
What do your responsibilities include? Recruitment, credentialing, retention, Visa processing, contracting, vendor management
How long have you been recruiting physicians? 13 years
How long have you been an ASPR member? I think it’s been 9 years.
When did your current leadership term begin? I was named chair of the Ethics Committee in June 2011.
What other ASPR committees do you participate in? I was previously a member of the Chapter and Regional Relations Committee.
What is the best part of being an ASPR member? Networking with colleagues and the annual conference.
Why is it important to you to serve as an ASPR Leader? ASPR and my regional groups have provided a lot of support to me over the past decade. It made sense to give back.
What do you think are the one or two most important attributes of a successful physician recruitment professional? Perseverance and a sense of humor. We see a lot of strange things as recruiters.
What brief advice would you give to a new physician recruiter? Don’t be afraid of rejection. You can fail 99% of the time and be successful. After 50 “No’s,” if the next candidate says “Yes,” you’ve filled the position.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing physician recruitment today? The economy and healthcare reform — and how they affect recruitment.
If you could have lunch with anyone past or present, who would it be and why? Gandhi. He wouldn’t eat, so there would be more food for me.
Name one interesting thing many of your colleagues may not know about you. I have a really bad habit of quoting my favorite movies and TV shows in the middle of normal conversation.
What do you believe is the greatest invention in your lifetime so far? The designated hitter rule.
What was the last book you read or movie you saw? I am currently reading Stephen Colbert’s America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.
Do you have a favorite hobby or pastime? Avid Michigan State University Spartans (Go Green!) and Detroit sports fan.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto? Anything from the movie Fletch.
Anything else you would like us to know? The electric chair was invented by a dentist.