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2013 ASPR Annual Conference Highlights

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The 2013 ASPR Annual Conference in Tucson, AZ, was a great success! Approximately 385 attendees and 80+ exhibitors were at the conference. Thank you to all who attended and supported this event!

The conference kicked off with the ASPR Fellowship Programs. The Physician Recruitment 101, 201, and 301 modules were offered on Saturday and Sunday. These modules and subsequent exams lead members to become certified as Fellows of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR). More than 220 attendees took advantage of being in Tucson and attended the modules over the weekend.

Monday morning began with keynote speaker, Mark Scharenbroich, CSP, CPAE. Mark’s "Nice Bike” presentation was highly motivating and provided conference attendees with an energetic start to their day. Mark discussed the importance of acknowledging, honoring, and connecting with others in building strong relationships with people. He shared humorous stories that made attendees remember key messages about utilizing listening skills and having a positive outlook. Phrases such as "Stop, drop, and listen” and "Stop counting crayons and just draw pictures” were scratched on notepads throughout the room.

Monday afternoon offered six breakout sessions and attendees were able to choose sessions from within three Learning Tracks: "Marketing and Sourcing”, "Trends in Healthcare” and "Adding Value: Other Duties as Assigned”. Topics ranged from a presentation by MGMA on designing a physician compensation plan that works to an in-depth session on screening candidates and the law.

The informal roundtable sessions held at the end of the day on Monday were an excellent way for our attendees to network with their colleagues while discussing topics that might not otherwise be addressed in the breakout sessions. Topics included "Challenges & Opportunities for Multispecialty Groups” and "How to Build Bridges to the Residency Programs” among others.

Tuesday began with a fun-infused keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Tray Dunaway. Dr. Dunaway began his presentation in a suit, but quickly transformed into a surgeon wearing his scrubs right before our very eyes. Dr. Dunaway focused his presentation on "Connecting the Dots in Healthcare” discussing how payers, staff, physicians, hospitals, patients, community, and others interact with one another and the importance of connecting all of these dots. He pointed out that healthcare reform is bringing us more change, more complexity, more benchmarking, more value emphasis, and more direction... which all result in us being less connected. It’s up to us to make connections with others. He suggested that ASPR can help by establishing the opportunity to exchange ideas and to develop collaborative intelligence to help us all improve our performance. He concluded with a photo montage of some of our members and a song focused on the importance that all in-house physician recruitment professionals play in delivering healthcare to the communities across our country.

The remainder of Tuesday included the ASPR Annual Business Meeting where President Scott Manning, FASPR, and Executive Director Jennifer Metivier, FASPR, provided key annual highlights on programs and activities accomplished by the Board of Directors and Committees. Board members, committee co-chairs, and committee members were recognized for their hard work and dedication.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Scott Lindblom, FASPR. The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Kate Rader. Forty-eight newly certified Fellows were also recognized for accomplishing the highest designation available within ASPR. And last, but not least, ASPR Corporate Contributors were also presented plaques to recognize them for the support they provide to our association.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Scott Lindblom, FASPR

Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient
Kate Rader

New ASPR Fellows

Tuesday also included three tracks of breakout topics with nine topics for attendees to choose from. These ranged from "How Technology Can Change Recruitment” to a humorous yet informative session on "4:1 - Recruit, Onboard, Orient & Retain” by one of our own ASPR colleagues, Jim Zache.

The day concluded with a fun-filled social event at Old Tucson Studios where the attendees enjoyed a western barbeque and line dancing in the setting where many famous movies and TV shows have been filmed over the years. Guests had to take cover during a feisty shoot-out in the middle of town!

The third and final day of the Conference was kicked off with a presentation on "Physician Recruitment in the Post-Reform Era”, presented by Shane Foreman, CEO and founder of 3d Health, followed by four additional breakout options. Shane provided an informational presentation that included details on healthcare reform, patient protection and the Affordable Care Act. He discussed the expected increase in concierge medicine and physicians running micro practices. He also reviewed the future of evidence-based medicine and offered a detailed look at Medical Staff Development Plans.

Several ASPR Chapters held business meetings over the course of the Annual Conference. Academic In-House Recruiters (AIR), Onboarding and Retention (OAR), and the Southeast Physician Recruiters Association (SEPRA) all conducted fruitful meetings.

Enormous thanks go to the ASPR Education Committee Co-Chairs, Joelle Hennesey, FASPR, from Manatee Healthcare Systems (Bradenton, FL) and Robin Schiffer, FASPR, from MedCentral Health System (Mansfield, OH) for orchestrating such an amazing conference! A huge thank-you also goes out to the entire Education Committee including Deborah Akins, FASPR; Jennifer Barber, DASPR, PHR; Lauren E. Beckstrom, FASPR; Amy Burns, FASPR; Judy Brown, FASPR; Kamala Carlberg, AASPR; Paul Charkowski, FASPR; Vicki Finnell, DASPR; Emily Glaccum, FASPR; Debbie Gleason, FASPR; Kathy Gresham, AASPR; Marci Jackson, FASPR; Allen Kram, FASPR; Scott Manning, FASPR; Carol Rash, AASPR; Melody Roccaforte; Craig Stanley, MA, AASPR; and Angela Van Ginkel.

The teamwork of this amazing group of people is greatly appreciated by all who attended the conference! Thank you!

Mark your calendars for the 2014 ASPR Annual Conference which will be held August 23-27, 2014 at the Hyatt Regencyin Minneapolis, MN. We hope to see you in Minneapolis!

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