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ASPR Weekly - April 29, 2014

ASPR Weekly

April 29, 2014

The Physician Recruitment Process Survey is now open!

We’ve launched our new website! Did you get your welcome email?

New searchable results portal for ASPR Benchmarking Survey data

iPad winner: Nellie Wallace

Leadership profile: Allen Kram

The Physician Recruitment Process Survey is now open!

Can you give us 5 minutes of your time?

ASPR is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2014 ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Process Survey. If you’ve ever had questions about the reporting structure of in-house recruitment departments, how organizations handle candidate screening and contracting processes, or if others are responsible for onboarding and retention, then this is the survey for you. This exciting new survey will answer these questions and more about the day-to-day operations of an in-house recruitment department. The questions asked will not require you to gather any data in order to participate – they are all about what you do on a daily basis.

The survey is open through May 31 and should only take about 5 minutes to complete. You do not have to be an ASPR member to participate, so feel free to share the survey link with other non-member, in-house physician recruiters. (Note: Employees of recruitment firms are not eligible to participate.)

Click to complete the survey!

Results of the survey will be published on our website this summer and as always the more participation, the more valuable the data.

We’ve launched our new website! Did you get your welcome email?

The new ASPR website went live Friday, April 25. You should have received a welcome email with your new login information that included instructions on how to log in to the member area of the new website. If you did not receive an email, please contact that ASPR Office.

Remember, with our new website, you can now control the privacy for all of your data in your Member Profile. We have set defaults based on the most common user preferences, but you may wish to change your privacy settings. Log in to your Member Profile, click on Manage Profile and select Bio.  In your Bio you can determine which information should remain private, be visible to members-only or accessible to the general public. Simply click on the "lock” icon to the left of each data field and select the proper privacy level.  If you have previously opted out of ASPR Membership Directories in the past, you will want to pay extra attention to setting up your privacy settings.  The “opt outs” are no longer valid, you must determine on your own what information is shared with whom.

We have also created a Website How To page that contains information about your Member Profile and other features. We encourage you to review these How To pages, in particular the Member Profile Overview.

New searchable results portal for ASPR Benchmarking Survey data


ASPR has launched a new and improved searchable results portal for reviewing and analyzing ASPR Benchmarking Survey data. This interactive tool allows users to select specific data sets, slice and dice the data, and download the data set into a spreadsheet for additional analysis and reporting. 

Here are just a few of the things you’ll be able to do within the searchable results tool:

  • Compare national, regional, population specific and organization specific data.
  • Filter data to create custom reports based on your specific parameters.
  • View snapshots of key industry indicators.
  • View trends over time of key benchmarks
  • Access a compensation calculator to predict compensation.
  • Export data for report generation or quick chart creation in Excel.

Accessing the portal is easy!

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your ASPR login
  3. Select Purchase/Access results
  4. Select Access Results and Searchable Data

To learn more about the Searchable Results Portal, view the Benchmarking Survey - New Searchable Results Portal webinar.

iPad winner: Nellie Wallace

Description: Allen KramCongratulations to Nellie Wallace, Physician Recruiter, Upper Allegheny Health System in Bradford, PA! She is the winner of the 2014 ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Survey participation raffle! Bonnie has won an iPad !

Would you like a chance to win an iPad?  All you have to do is participate in the 2015 ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Survey! You can start entering your data now using the On-Demand Tracking Tool so you’ll be ready when the Survey opens in early 2015.

Learn more about the ASPR Benchmarking Survey

Leadership profile: Allen Kram

Description: Allen KramAllen Kram, FASPR, currently serves on the ASPR board of directors as the Vice President of Education. In addition to his role on the board, Allen is also a member of the Education and Fellowship Committees. Allen has been a member of ASPR for 10 years and started his term as VP of Education in January 2011.

Allen has more than 20 years of Physician Recruitment experience and is currently the Director of Physician Development for Health Quest System, Inc. - a three hospital system in New York’s Hudson Valley. In his current position, Allen is responsible for the growth and development of the Health Quest Medical Practice, PC. Allen’s responsibilities include: physician and allied health recruitment, onboarding, the physician liaison program, practice acquisition and the medical staff development plan.

ASPR recently caught up with Allen to learn about his experiences with ASPR and in the physician recruitment industry.

What is the best part of being an ASPR member?
I feel the most important benefit is our access to physician recruiters from across every type of health care organization as it affords us the opportunity to share information and best practices.

Why is it important to you to serve as an ASPR Board Member?
I feel that I bring a different perspective to ASPR about the recruitment process having owned a successful physician recruitment firm. I believe that making the jump to hospital administration has helped me to understand all of the components that go into making a successful physician hire.

What do you think are the one or two most important attributes of a successful physician recruiter?
Successful physician recruiters must learn everything they can about their organization and the community it serves. They go above and beyond. They must be able to make a good match – not just filling an opportunity with a warm body but waiting to find the right candidate.

What brief advice would you give a new physician recruiter?
New physician recruiters must surround themselves with the people that can make them successful. No matter how good a recruiter one is, they cannot make the candidate take a job without a team effort. This is more than being able to sell; it is about making our communities better.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing physician recruiters today?
The biggest challenge is recognizing that the best candidate for an opportunity is not always the one that is most obvious. The reality is that with the imminent physician shortage, there is significant competition for every candidate and it is the job of the physician recruiter to provide options so that your organizations’ objectives can be met.

If you could have lunch with anyone past or present, who would it be and why?
Mel Brooks, because he has a twisted sense of humor.

mud run

Father-daughter dream team conquers the Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run.

What do you believe to be the greatest invention in your lifetime so far?
The Smartphone.

What was the last book you read or movie you saw?
American Hustle

Do you have a favorite hobby or pastime?
Running, weightlifting, obstacle races and mud runs.

Do you have a favorite quote or motto?
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” — Albert Einstein.

Important Dates
Webinar: Pay for Performance – Impact on Hiring for Quality
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Webinar: Fit Happens: How to Build the Culture You Need to Recruit and Retain Physicians
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