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Letter from the Editor - Spring 2015
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By Miranda Grace, FASPR, Professional Staff Recruiter, Geisinger Health System, Lewistown, PA

The recruitment professional’s oath:

Most of us are familiar with the Hippocratic Oath, the pledge that many physicians make upon completing medical school. It serves as a rite of passage for numerous new physicians and remains a longstanding tradition in both the United States and abroad. While there have been several changes to the original oath language, these principles remain: Treat the sick to the best of one’s ability, preserve patient privacy, and prevent disease whenever possible.

So, what’s the point of the oath and why do we continue to ask our physicians to swear to uphold these standards? We expect them to hold themselves, and others, accountable for their actions. As drivers of healthcare, we want our physicians to ensure the delivery of quality patient care as well as maintain mutual dignity and respect with their patients. They make this vow as a promise. It’s a promise to their patients, employers, insurance companies and anyone else affected by their work. As recruitment professionals, we hold them to that promise.

In 1995, Sir Joseph Rotblat, a Polish physicist, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work toward nuclear disarmament. In his acceptance speech, Rotblat proposed the creation of a Hippocratic Oath for Scientists. What a novel idea! I now propose a Hippocratic Oath for Physician Recruitment Professionals.

Here’s my vow:

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability, the various roles and responsibilities placed upon me as a physician recruitment professional. As such, I will apply the knowledge gained through various work and educational experiences to the recruitment of the best and brightest physician candidates, both domestic and international.

I promise to uphold the mission, vision and values of my employer as well as those held by my professional organization (ASPR), which include: Integrity, professionalism, collegiality and innovative thinking.

I will make every effort to not simply fill a position, but intentionally and with great care, place a provider where he/she is the best fit and where patients will live better, healthier lives because of them.

I will strive to prevent negligence in the recruitment process, whether on my part or vendors I work with, and thwart physician turnover, whenever possible.

Above all, I vow to make patients my first priority, without whom, I would not be resolved.

I trust that you’ve made these same promises, if not publically, at least for yourself. I will continue to live and work by the promises I’ve made, just as I expect the physicians I recruit to do the same. Luckily, we have the support of ASPR to help us along the way. Use the resources available to you and with a little determination, you’re bound to succeed.

As always, thank you for your continued support of ASPR and JASPR!

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