Leadership profile: Christy Ricks, FASPR, Co-chair, Education Committee
When did your current leadership term begin and what is your leadership role?
May 2015/Co-chair, Education Committee.
What organization do you work for and what is your title?
Banner Health/Physician Recruiter, Senior Consultant.
What do your responsibilities include?
Managing all aspects of the provider recruitment process from the time a position is opened to early contact with prospective candidates through onboarding in order to meet the organization’s strategic initiatives.
How long have you been recruiting physicians?
How long have you been an ASPR member?
What is the best part of being an ASPR member?
The networking and open idea-sharing between other ASPR members. Also the ASPR Fellowship program and ongoing educational opportunities are invaluable to new and experienced recruiters.
Why is it important to you to serve as an ASPR leader?
I feel that it is important to serve others in all aspects of my life. Being on the Education Committee provides leadership experience and allows me to plan and develop our annual conference into an amazing event for all members.
What do you think are the one or two most important attributes of a successful physician recruitment professional?
Honesty—not only with your candidates, but also with your teammates. Also accountability—do what you say you are going to do.
What brief advice would you give to a new physician recruitment professional?
The first thing I always ask new recruiters is if they are ASPR members. If they aren’t, I strongly advise them to join and to reach out to their regional groups. Secondly, I discuss the value of completing the ASPR Fellowship program and other educational opportunities from ASPR.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing physician recruitment today?
Not only is lack of students our biggest challenge, it’s also that providers are more mobile. They are more willing to relocate for a higher salary, better work environment, or sign-on bonus. Your retention strategies and provider leadership must be top-notch in order to engage and retain your provider workforce.
If you could have lunch with anyone past or present, who would it be and why?
My Grandma Ag (Agness Bray)—my parents lived with her after I was born so we developed a very close bond. My dad was the youngest of six so there was always family around, no air conditioning, and only one bathroom. She was a fabulous host and loved having a full house.
Name one interesting thing many of your colleagues may not know about you:
As a child, I wanted to be a paleontologist and love that my boys are into dinosaurs. I also play the piano along with many other musical instruments and had planned to attend Juilliard. At Oklahoma University, I was an athletic trainer and briefly thought about being an orthopedic surgeon before taking organic chemistry.
Do you have a favorite hobby or pastime?
Watching the Oklahoma Sooners and spending time with family.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto?
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies…Mother Teresa.