By Lee Moran, Director of Physician Recruitment, Erlanger Health System
Late in 2011, a small group of Tennessee and Kentucky physician recruiters met in a conference room at a hospital in Nashville to talk about forming a new ASPR chapter or regional group. From those initial conversations, the Southeast Physician Recruiters Association (SEPRA) was formed in January 2013 as the first regional chapter of ASPR. We’ve come along way from that conference room in Nashville to the six states that are now represented in SEPRA: Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Today, we have almost 150 members.
Due to our membership growth, and the efforts of our volunteers and leadership, SEPRA was able to host its first conference this past November in Atlanta. We far exceeded our goal for the number of attendees and corporate sponsors. The conference was a huge success for the organization, and the feedback from the attendees was positive. The conference presenters did an outstanding job and provided valuable education.
With one conference under its belt, the SEPRA leadership team believes this could be an annual event! Special recognition goes to Bonita Lancaster, SEPRA president; Emily Glaccum, SEPRA conference chair; and Kristin McFarland, SEPRA vice president. Their hard work and commitment helped make this event a resounding success!