By Debbie Gleason, FASPR, ASPR President, Physician Development Administrator, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
ASPR’s member volunteers working hand-in-hand with our Leadership Team and Board of Directors continue to do extraordinary work. It’s time for me to share an update!
Our Executive Director search, being conducted by Campbell & Company, is underway and progressing as planned. We’re excited at the number of highly qualified applicants drawn to this opportunity. The initial screening process is well underway with a subgroup of the Board of Directors working closely with Campbell & Company as we move through the process of interviewing candidates. During the interim, our leadership team and our staff partners at Ewald have been going ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ to make this transition a success! ASPR functional and operational responsibilities were reviewed and assigned at the end of last year and are being carried out by our Board of Directors, Committee Co-Chairs and their committees, project leaders, and our staff partners at Ewald Consulting. This has enabled us to continue to move forward carrying out daily operations, meeting your needs and those of the healthcare industry and ultimately, as is our Vision, transforming healthcare in our communities.
Our 25th Annual Conference and celebration is advancing fast! Be sure you’ve ‘saved the date’ on your Calendar for May 16-20 in Orlando, Florida. Do you realize that our Education Committee has been tremendously busy for two years as they began planning for this anniversary conference while they were simultaneously planning last year’s 2014 Conference? Moving the conference date from August to May shortened their preparation timeline, but they’re successfully meeting the challenge--you won’t want to miss what’s in store for us in Orlando!
The ASPR Benchmarking Survey is open now through March. Having in-house physician recruiting data along with physician recruiter compensation data to share with our leadership and the broader healthcare industry has been instrumental in putting the spotlight on in-house physician recruiting professionals and the value the bring to an organization. Capturing metrics, quantifying trends then using the data to strategically and effectively build your department and is now possible—and the report along with the access to the searchable data is free to those who participate! Be sure to take advantage of this valuable ASPR asset.
Over the past couple of years, our Fellowship Committee has undertaken the mammoth task of reviewing and updating all three Fellowship modules. They followed that by re-writing all the exams under exacting criteria guided by professional test-writing experts. This Committee continues to write questions toward developing a ‘bank’ of questions that are ‘validated and reliable’ as well as being relevant to our evolving healthcare industry. In addition, this Committee prepares for the in-person Fellowship Program at the Annual Conference, updates the on-line Fellowship programs, and manages the re-certification process.
Numerous works are being done behind the scenes in areas like, ASPR’s Resource Library update and maintenance, webinar planning and development, anti-trust education, surveys, JASPR publication, Membership and Engagement, Fellowship Committee, and more show the true dedication of our volunteers. A huge number of member volunteers keep the wheels of ASPR in motion throughout the year. I don’t want to miss this opportunity to say a hearty ‘thank you’ to all of our volunteers. You, our volunteers, are the heart and the hands of this organization—we are blessed! If you haven’t found a place to serve, talk to a Board member or Leader. We’re excited about the prospect of getting you connected!