By Debbie Gleason, FASPR, ASPR President, Physician Development Administrator, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Congratulations to the ASPR Education Committee, Fellowship Committee and staff for the success of the 2014 ASPR Annual Conference this past August!
I’d like to thank the many volunteers and staff who worked countless hours to make this event possible. More than 400 attendees enjoyed outstanding speakers, educational offerings, networking opportunities, and explored an array of products and services in the exhibit hall. More thanks are due to the ASPR corporate contributors, sponsors and exhibitors for their generous support. What a wonderful way to catch up with and meet new colleagues from around the country (and Canada) – all the while having grown!
As you all know, ASPR is a volunteer organization. Our volunteers keep this organization directly tied to the dynamic changes occurring in the industry. They continually remind us of the impact each member has on the individual communities they serve. Along with countless other duties, our members are directly involved in the recruitment, onboarding and retention of physicians in their communities. In doing so, they are also working toward the vision of our organization, “Healthcare is transformed in our communities.”
Over the past two years, your ASPR Board of Directors has taken a long and thoughtful look at the growth and maturity of our organization and how the evolution of the industry impacts the role of ASPR in serving its members, and consequently your communities. We have carefully examined the governance and structure of the board, making changes along the way, to better align the work of each board member to specific, functional roles. These roles have better defined the work before them and allowed for greater support for our cohesive team of volunteers. Your leadership team – comprised of the board, committee co-chairs, project leaders and staff – works diligently to advance the mission of this organization; “The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters empowers industry experts through education, research and engagement.”
As we approach ASPR’s 25th anniversary, and experience the whirlwind of change surrounding us, ASPR is uniquely positioned to move forward embracing the challenges ahead. This anniversary also necessitates a time of reflection, honoring our past achievements and all those who brought us to this point. We’ve come a long way from our beginnings, when a handful of in-house physician recruiters met and jotted down notes on a cocktail napkin, envisioning this organization. We urge you to get involved in this exciting organization, following our ‘founders’ whose eyes were continually looking forward!