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ASPR Chapter and Special Interest Group Updates

Onboarding and Retention: New Special Interest Group Forming

By Gina Truhe, AASPR, Health Quest, LaGrangeville, NY

We are pleased to announce that a new special interest group, Onboarding and Retention (OAR) is officially beginning as of February. The mission of OAR is to support its members in the creation of best practice onboarding and retention strategies that can be implemented in their local organizations. We will use regular conference calls to discuss “hot” issues in these pertinent topics.

The initial leadership team of OAR includes Donna Ecclestone, Duke University; Gina Truhe, Health Quest; Maranda Judd and Jenna Blythe of Carolinas Healthcare; and Sarah Hatfield and Lacey Felmlee of Children’s Hospital Colorado.

If you would like to participate in OAR’s first member networking call on February 8, please register via the ASPR website. Please e-mail Gina Truhe for additional information. Stay tuned to ASPR chat for updated call times and topics!


ASPR Chapter: Academic In-House Recruiters (AIR)

By Frank Gallagher, Senior Physician Recruiter, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA

AIR Leadership

From left to right: Lauren Forst, Donna Ecclestone, Michelle Siefert, and Frank Gallagher

The Academic In-House Recruiters (AIR) Network proudly held its third annual educational forum during the recent ASPR Conference in Chicago. For the second year in a row, the forum was held as a breakout session during the conference — allowing non-AIR members to attend and learn more about the growing field of academic medicine recruitment. Frank Gallagher, AIR President, presided over the business meeting reviewing the group’s accomplishments during the past year while outlining its goals for the upcoming year. Annual leadership elections were held with three incumbents — Frank Gallagher (President), Michelle Seifert (Vice-President), and Lauren Forst (Treasurer) all earning reelection. Donna Ecclestone will assume the role of AIR Secretary in place of Kate Rader, who will stay on as the group’s Membership & Marketing Chair. The group also looks forward to the contributions of Emerson Moses who will remain in her role of Website/Social Media Chair.

Dr. Joanne Conroy, MD, Chief Health Care Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), served as the forum’s guest speaker. Dr. Conroy, who represents the interests of approximately 400 teaching hospitals through the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, presented on the topic “The Impact of the Changing Healthcare Environment on Medical Schools, Residents and Training Programs — What is the Skill Set for the Future?”

Joanne Conroy, MDDr. Conroy’s presentation was one of many highlights for AIR during the past year, which included enhancement of the group’s “Speaker Series” via the introduction of webinar technology, the upgrade of the AIR website, and growth in membership. With the help of its relationship with PracticeLink, the new AIR website (launched in May 2011) now includes numerous content and functionality upgrades and serves as a valuable and robust resource to recruiters as well as physicians seeking information related to a career in academic medicine. AIR will also provide regular updates to all ASPR members via the Journal of ASPR.


Even with these recent accomplishments, AIR continues to focus on important goals for the upcoming year — including the institution of a new member campaign to be conducted in conjunction with ASPR, the continuation of its webinars to support the educational needs of its members, and participation as an exhibitor (in partnership with ASPR) at the AAMC’s Annual Conference in November 2011. Other goals for AIR include plans to enhance its exposure through web, social media and journal mediums in addition to developing sponsorship opportunities as a potential revenue source.

AIR MembershipIn addition, AIR continues to foster its relationship with its contacts at the AAMC and firmly believes its growing network — which consists of approximately 80 members who represent more than 50 academic institutions across the US — can demonstrate tangible, mutual benefits to both associations. At the same time, as the only official chapter of ASPR, the AIR Network recognizes the importance of continuing to stay aligned with the goals of its parent organization by seeking ways to gain efficiencies wherever they may exist. This includes combined membership drives as a way to increase numbers for both organizations, partnering on established webinar technology capabilities in addition to marketing the resources of both groups allowing for greater exposure among healthcare recruiters, physicians and institutional leaders.

AIR is a network designed for in-house recruiters who actively participate in faculty recruitment affiliated and/or associated with an academic facility. AIR is the first “official” chapter of ASPR and was formed to be the premier resource for in-house recruiters and physicians interested in the special niche of academic/teaching environments. Learn more about this growing network at


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