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ASPR Weekly - April 1, 2014

New website coming this month!

Annual Conference sneak peek: Enjoy Minneapolis

April Webinar: How to analyze and use ASPR Benchmarking Survey results

Tips to prepare for a fellowship exam

Leadership profile: Shelley Tudor, Vice President of Research

New website coming this month! is happy to let you know we will be rolling out a new website at the end of April!

On the front end of the website, you’ll find a streamlined navigation structure that will help you locate the information you need quickly. Items that are currently located on the right-side navigation structure on subpages will now be included as flyout menus on the main navigation structure. Pages will be reorganized so that related topics are all under the same menu item.

Where the major changes will occur will be on the backend of the system with an enhanced members-only portal. Once you log in to your profile, you’ll be able to maintain your professional information and select what areas of your profile are visible to other members. You can add photo galleries and files that you can share with other members. The interface is similar to what you’re familiar with in LinkedIn and Facebook, but resides in a secure members-only section.

You’ll have access to private group communities and forums. There will be communities established for chapters and committees. Within these communities, you’ll be able to share files with other members, view a calendar of events and engage in discussions with other members of the group.

We are excited about this transition and will be providing a number of training tutorials to help you navigate within the new site. Look for those later this month and in early May.

Annual Conference sneak peek: Enjoy Minneapolis

MinneapolisArriving early? Staying after the conference is over? Looking for something to do with your free time? There are a variety of things to see and do in downtown Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Whether you’re looking for a shopping excursion, an outdoor adventure or want to immerse yourself in the arts, you’ll have no trouble finding something to keep you busy.

Home to the trendiest discount retailer and largest shopping complex in the country, it’s no surprise that people come from all over the world to shop in Minneapolis. Aside from Target and the Mall of America, you can enjoy shopping at the many chic boutiques, malls and diverse retail districts located around the city. Spend a few hours or an entire day hunting for bargains at places like Albertville Premium Outlets, Candyland, FinnStyle and Nicolett Mall. With no sales tax on apparel and shoes, you may even need to bring an extra suitcase for all of your purchases!

Fans of the performing arts can take in a show at one of the more than 30 performance venues. The Hennepin Theatre District is home to the State, Orpheum, Pantages and New Century theaters and the country’s oldest satirical theater, Brave New Workshop. You’ll be able to see Broadway classics, cabaret, unique plays, dance and performing arts at the many venues throughout the city.

If you prefer to do something a little more active, check out Above The Falls Sports and take one of their kayak tours of the Mississippi River. Not a fan of water sports? Then explore the city on land by taking advantage of Nice Ride – Minneapolis’ bike sharing program. Nice Ride offers a convenient, healthy way to travel around the city to explore the many attractions.

Find many more things to do in Minneapolis at

April webinar: How to analyze and use ASPR Benchmarking Survey results

Date: April 23, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. PT / Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Shelley Tudor, Clinical Recruiter, Humana, Inc.

Sponsored by: ab+c

There is a wealth of valuable information available in the ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report. Are you tapping into and utilizing it to its fullest? Have you participated in the survey or purchased the report, but don’t know how to use the Searchable Results analysis tool?

This webinar will show you step by step how to use the Searchable Results tool in the Benchmarking Portal to select data that is most valuable to you and explain how to use that data in your everyday work. Learn how to filter the data based on various and relevant demographics, understand what the data is telling you, and use that data to make constructive improvements in how you conduct your recruitment processes within your department and organization.

Tips to prepare for a fellowship exam’ve attended one of the Fellowship Certification Program modules and now you’d like to take the exam. Are you ready? Do you know what to expect? How do you register and prepare for the exams? Here are a few things you should know about the exams to help you prepare.

Things to Know:

  • You must be a current ASPR Member in order to take a Fellowship Exam (you must also be a current member to utilize the Associate, Diplomate or Fellow designations).
  • You do not need to take the module in order to take the associated exam; however it is highly recommended.
  • If you take the exam without taking the module and do not pass the exam, you will be required to take the module before re-taking the exam.
  • You don’t need to take the exams in sequence, though that is helpful to do so as each module builds upon the previous one.
  • Once you pass the 101 exam, you receive the Associate of ASPR (AASPR) designation.
  • Once you pass both 101 and 201 exams, you receive the Diplomate of ASPR (DASPR) designation.
  • After passing the 101, 201 and 301 exams, you become CERTIFIED as a Fellow of ASPR (FASPR).
  • When you pass an exam, a certificate for the appropriate designation (Associate, Diplomate or Fellow) may be downloaded from your "My ASPR” profile.
  • Fellowship Certification is good for three years. Recertification is required at the three year mark.
  • Recertification is obtained by achieving 24 continuing education credits over the three year period or by passing all three exams again if CE’s have not been maintained (a $25 fee is also required).

Tips on Exam Preparation:

  • It is recommended that you take your exam as soon as possible after attending the module.
  • It is recommended that you prepare for the exams utilizing all of the materials provided to you in the module. This includes the presentation materials, supporting documents, and any other resources available on the relevant topics.
  • Your presentation materials will provide you with the bulk of what you’ll need to study to prepare for the exam.

Exam Registration:

  • You must register for an exam by completing the online application form.
  • Once you are registered, a unique username and password for the exam will be forwarded to you by email by the next business day (you will not have immediate access to the exam, so please plan accordingly).
  • If you have taken the associated module for this exam within the last 12 months, your examination fee is included in the cost of the module.
  • If you have not taken the module or it has been more than 12 months since you took the module, the cost of the exam is $100.
  • You may re-take an exam as many times as needed, though there will be a $100 fee per exam applied.

Exam Details:

  • The exams are online and can be taken at any time once you receive your username and password.
  • The exams presently include 100 multiple choice questions.
  • You will have 120 minutes to take the exam.
  • You may mark questions in order to return to them later if you desire.
  • You will receive your results immediately following the exam.

Good luck on your exams!

Learn more about becoming Certified as a Fellow of ASPR!

Leadership profile: Shelley Tudor, Vice President of Research President of Research Shelley Tudor, FASPR, has been a member of ASPR since 2006 when she began her career in physician recruiting. She was elected to the Board of Directors in January 2011 and began her term as VP of Research in August 2013. Shelley was instrumental in the development of ASPR’s Benchmarking Survey and Report and currently has oversight for the development of new industry surveys and the resource library.

Shelley has a big role as VP of Research and we asked her to share a little bit of what she has been working on and what members may expect in the future from her service area.

Most exciting is the new work we are doing to develop the Research section of the organization. The Research function really goes to the heart of our Mission to promote professional development and our Vision to be recognized as the leading authority for provider recruitment. Data and information is required for both, so the Board has been extremely supportive of our efforts to advance this area. With the assistance of some wonderful volunteers, I have established two new groups – The Resource Library Committee and The Survey Project Team.

The Resource Library is cited as one of our top 3 benefits every year, but we have never had volunteers aligned to ensure it stays up-to-date. The Resource Library Committee was formed in late 2013 and charged with evaluating existing documents, identifying gaps in information and developing new content for our membership. Aymee Quinn and Diane Collins stepped forward to help launch this new committee, as did several new volunteers. I cannot thank them enough, because it has been a huge undertaking! We can always use some additional assistance in this area, so if you are looking for a way to get involved…this committee could use the help!

We also established a Project Team to launch industry surveys. This is another area that was long overdue. Our members need industry data about simple things – such as benefits packages, relocation allowances and recruitment processes - much of which cannot be asked without running afoul of antitrust laws. Lauren Judd has been instrumental in assisting our efforts to develop and launch new surveys in 2014 and beyond. Keep an eye out for more information in this area. I expect our members will be very pleased with the final results and certainly think Lauren will need some assistance as these efforts continue to evolve.

When she’s not busy working on surveys or collecting information for the resource library, Shelley is a clinical recruiter with Humana. She is fortunate to have a role that is focused entirely on recruiting – no onboarding, credentialing or retention responsibilities. Prior to joining Humana, Shelley spent more than 10 years working in fields of medical affairs, physician relations and recruitment.

Having been in the industry for a number of years, Shelley has seen her fair share of change. She advises new physician recruiters to stay abreast of the changes and be open to new modes of recruitment as technologies advance. "New recruiters need to establish expectations and hold others accountable. Nothing prolongs the recruitment process more than hiring managers who constantly change their expectations,” she said. She’s seen how advances in technology have made her job easier in some ways but knows firsthand that it is easy to fall into the trap of always being connected. She cautions new recruiters "Work as long as necessary to get the job done. It has become far too easy for everyone to "stay connected,” which is nice in many ways, but has essentially lead to a 24/7 schedule. We all need to carve out personal time for our own wellness and sanity.”

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Webinar: How to Analyze and Use ASPR Benchmarking Survey Results

Webinar: Pay for Performance – Impact on Hiring for Quality
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