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ASPR 2014 Annual Conference Preview – Spring 2014
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The ASPR Education Committee has developed an incredible line-up of educational content for the 2014 ASPR Annual Conference, which will be held August 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minn. The recently renovated Hyatt is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall. The hotel is within walking distance of shopping, dining and popular attractions like Target Field, Walker Art Center and Loring Park. It offers many guest amenities including a full service business center, an indoor heated pool and access to the StayFit Athletic Club.

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 with physician recruitment, retention and onboarding. As you strive to meet the challenges and opportunities of the evolving health care environment, your informational needs are greater than ever before. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country.

Keynote speakers
The 2014 ASPR Annual Conference will kick off Monday with keynote speaker, David Horsager, M.A., CSP, who will present “The Trust Edge: What Top Leaders Have and 8 Pillars to Build it Yourself.” Through academic research and firsthand experience, Horsager learned what it takes to gain – and keep – “The Trust Edge.” During his captivating presentation, Horsager will combine humor and illustrations with business insight and analysis. He will demonstrate how the little things, done consistently, add up to huge results. You will walk away with concrete steps you can use immediately to improve your lives and careers.

Our second keynote speaker, Joe Flower, is scheduled for Wednesday morning. “Where We Are Headed: Notes from the Future - The Physician in the Next Health Care” will look far beyond the narrow confines of the Affordable Care Act at what is driving change in health care. Flower will explore the real economics of the health care market, the radical shift in revenue streams and the impending price crash. He will connect those driving forces to the shifting state of the market for physicians, so that we can consider how we may need to shift our strategies, alliances, capacities and workflows for the future.

Breakout presentations
This year, ASPR will offer 20 breakout sessions across three diverse learning tracks, allowing conference attendees to specifically target topics of greatest interest. 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 provide insight into aligning your organization strategically, creating a multi-media sourcing campaign, hiring foreign medical graduates, building relationships with residency programs, understanding shortage and underserved medical areas and recruiting in rural locations.

The Adding Value: Other Duties as Assigned learning track covers other roles and responsibilities that many in-house physician recruiters must take on in addition to their recruitment responsibilities. Topics will include dealing with conflict and confrontation, coaching physicians to prepare for candidate interviews, managing locum tenens staffing, leadership development for physician recruitment professionals as well as other sessions focused on coordinating the multiple roles that recruiters juggle like onboarding and retention.

The Trends in Health Care learning track will focus on current and future trends in health care. Speakers will discuss how to apply LEAN principles to physician recruitment, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the health care workforce and physician recruiting, physician competencies for the next generation of health care delivery, the expanding role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants and more.

Fellowship certification program
The ASPR Fellowship 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. The Physician Recruitment 201 module will be held Saturday, August 23, and both the Physician Recruitment 101 and 301 modules will be offered Sunday, August 24. 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. Here is a peek of what will be covered in each module:

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 techniques 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.

Monday evening event
The evening event is moving back to Monday! We will be enjoying the night at Seven — an eclectic downtown location that fuses together the classic American steakhouse, fresh sushi and a rooftop bar with a spectacular view of Minneapolis.

In grand fashion, we will be taking over two of the three levels at Seven – the Sushi Bar and Ultralounge, and the rooftop Skybar. Dine on a variety of hors d’oeuvres, sushi and a pasta stir-fry and quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail. Whether you decide to stay inside in the cozy seating of the Ultralounge, or you head to the rooftop bar to bask in the glow of the city and enjoy a magnificent view, you’ll feel like a VIP!

The evening event wouldn’t be complete without dancing and this year will be no exception. We’ll have a DJ spinning tunes all night to keep your toes tapping.

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

Enjoy Minneapolis
Arriving early? Staying after the conference is over? Looking for something to do with your free time? There are a variety of things to see and do in downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Whether you desire a shopping excursion, an outdoor adventure or want to immerse yourself in the arts, you’ll have no trouble finding something to keep you busy.

Home to the trendiest discount retailer and largest shopping complex in the country, it’s no surprise that people come from all over the world to shop in Minneapolis. Aside from Target and the Mall of America, you can enjoy shopping at the many chic boutiques, malls and diverse retail districts located around the city. Spend a few hours or an entire day hunting for bargains at places like Albertville Premium Outlets, Candyland, FinnStyle and Nicolett Mall. With no sales tax on apparel and shoes, you may even need to bring an extra suitcase for all of your purchases!

If you prefer to do something a little more active, check out Above The Falls Sports and take one of their kayak tours of the Mississippi River. Not a fan of water sports? Then explore the city on land by taking advantage of Nice Ride – Minneapolis’ bike sharing program. Nice Ride offers a convenient, healthy way to travel around the city to explore the many attractions.

Take in a show at one of the more than 30 performance venues. The Hennepin Theatre District is home to the State, Orpheum, Pantages and New Century theaters and the country’s oldest satirical theater, Brave New Workshop. You’ll be able to see Broadway classics, cabaret, unique plays, dance and performing arts at the many venues throughout the city.

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Schedule and registration fees
The information below provides an overview of the conference schedule and registration fees for the 2014 ASPR Annual Conference. Additional details are available in the conference registration brochure.

Saturday 8/23: Fellowship Program – Physician Recruitment 201 Module

Sunday 8/24: Fellowship Program – Physician Recruitment 101 and 301 Modules
Welcome Reception

Monday 8/25: Main Session Begins
Keynote Speaker: David Horsager, M.A., CSP Breakout Sessions
Evening Networking Event at Seven

Tuesday 8/26: Roundtable Sessions
Breakout Sessions
ASPR Annual Business Meeting
ASPR Chapter Meetings

Wednesday 8/27: Keynote Speaker: Joe Flower
Breakout Sessions
Meeting adjourns ~12PM

Member By 7/24

Member After 7/24

Non-Member By 7/24

Non-Member After 7/24

One Fellowship Module Only





Two Fellowship Modules Only





Main Conference Only





Main Conference + One Fellowship Module





Main Conference + Two Fellowship Modules





The early bird deadline is July 24, 2014.

Conference lodging
ASPR has secured a block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis and the Millennium Hotel. The hotel room blocks offer a rate of $189/night (plus tax) at the Hyatt and $185/night (plus tax) at the Millennium. The Millennium is conveniently located across the street from the Hyatt. Room blocks will open at the time of registration. The cutoff date for these special rates is July 24, 2014.

Reservations at the Hyatt may be made online or by calling 888-421-1442. When calling, reference ASPR as the group.

Reservations at the Millenium may be made online or by calling 612-332-6000. When calling, ask for the reservations department and request the ASPR group rate.

Register for the 2014 Annual Conference on our website.

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