A Holiday Message from the Executive Director
As the year comes to a close, I would like to say thank you to our volunteer Board of Directors, committee chairs and committee members for their time and effort that they dedicate to ASPR throughout the year. Their contributions are what make ASPR the wonderful educational and networking resource that it is. I’d also like to thank all of you for making the decision to become and remain a member of ASPR!
I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the exciting things that have happened in our organization this year and to recognize the amazing work of our volunteers. Here are just some of the accomplishments made this year:
- Achieved our largest membership ever with more than 1,350 members!
- Revised our Board of Directors governance structure resulting in more focused roles and responsibilities for the at-large members.
- Unveiled the updated fellowship exams that were in development for well over a year and a half.
- Formed two new Chapters: Onboarding and Retention (OAR) and Southeast Physician Recruiters Association (SEPRA).
- Developed a new Volunteer Opportunities and Development webpage where you can identify volunteer projects to help out with as well as resources to develop your leadership skills.
- Completed another successful Benchmarking Survey and Report - reporting on close to 5,000 provider searches from across the country!
- Presented 11 new live webinars and added them to the on-demand webinar archive.
- Presented an incredible Annual Conference in Tucson, AZ with almost 400 attendees participating in three keynote sessions, roundtable topics and 21 breakout sessions – the most sessions ever offered at an annual conference!
I wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season! Cheers to a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
Jennifer Metivier, M.S., FASPR
ASPR in the News – A Crisis in Physician Recruitment
ASPR’s In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking report was referenced in an article titled "A crisis in physician recruitment” written by David Weldon and posted on Healthcare Finance News, December 12, 2013. In his article, Weldon discusses some of the reasons for physician turnover. He cites a number of findings from the Report, including the rate of physician turnover and its rise since 2010. Weldon also quotes ASPR Executive Director, Jen Metivier who said, "…we’re seeing more physicians relocating or retiring, resulting in increased turnover.”
Read the full article on Healthcare Finance News
Learn more about the ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Survey and Report
ASPR Membership Dues Increase Effective January 1, 2014
ASPR is proud to offer its members a broad array of high quality professional and educational benefits. In order to continue to provide our members with these benefits and to cover our increasing administrative costs, the ASPR Board of Directors has approved an annual dues increase of $25. The dues increase will take effect January 1, 2014 bringing annual dues to $275. Your membership renewal will continue to be on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year, so the increase will affect you at your individual time of membership renewal in 2014.
This change will also affect group membership rates. The new group membership rates will be as follows:
- 1-5 members pay regular membership dues
- 6-10 members – organization pays $1,650 flat rate
- 11-20 members – organization pays $3,025 flat rate
- 21-40 members – organization pays $5,775 flat rate
The ASPR Board of Directors makes every effort to remain fiscally responsible and to maintain low costs for membership. The Board has been able to keep annual dues constant over the last several years, but has determined that an increase at this time is necessary to be able to continue to bring you all of the benefits that you deserve.
If you have any questions, please email the ASPR office. We thank you for your continued membership and look forward to a great year in 2014!
Unethical Behavior of Vendors – What You Can Do
Have you encountered unethical behaviors with a vendor? If the vendor does business with ASPR as an exhibitor, sponsor, advertiser or Corporate Contributor, there may be something that we can do to address the situation. ASPR has an Ethics Committee that is tasked with addressing unethical behaviors of ASPR vendors based on the ASPR Vendor Ethics Policy.
The ASPR Vendor Ethics Policy sets expectations and standards for Vendor Partners doing business with ASPR. ASPR expects each of its Vendor Partners to operate and act in full compliance with this Ethics Policy and all applicable laws and regulations.
If a Vendor Partner is found to have consistently violated the policy or found to have made an egregious violation, they could lose their ability to conduct business with ASPR. That means they may no longer be able to exhibit at the Annual Conference, advertise or participate in the Corporate Contributor program.
If you encounter unethical behavior of a Vendor Partner, ASPR encourages you to first attempt to resolve your concern directly with the vendor prior to submitting a complaint to the ASPR Ethics Committee. If a satisfactory resolution is not obtained, a formal complaint may be filed with the ASPR Ethics Committee. ASPR Members, or anyone with information relevant to a possible violation of this policy, may file a complaint with the Ethics Committee by completing a Vendor Ethics Violation Form.
ASPR Physician Job Board is Retiring Effective January 1, 2014
In October, the ASPR Board of Directors held a strategic planning meeting to plan for 2014 and beyond. During the planning retreat, the Board reviewed member benefit usage statistics as well as member survey data to evaluate which benefits were most highly utilized and of most value to our members. The Board also defined three service categories where all member benefits should fall in order to ensure that we stay focused on our mission and utilize our resources most efficiently. These service categories are education, research and engagement.
As a result of these activities, it was determined that the Physician Job Board was not a highly utilized or valued member benefit and also did not fit into one of the service categories. The annual member survey showed that 41 percent of members did not use this benefit at all and 23 percent found it to have little or no value. Additionally, review of website analytics showed that less than 1 percent of all traffic to the ASPR website was to the Physician Job Board.
After careful consideration, the Board has decided to discontinue the Physician Job Board, effective January 1, 2014. We remain committed to providing relevant benefits to our members in line with our mission: The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) will enhance and promote the professional development of members through education, research and engagement.