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ASPR Weekly

March 27, 2012

Annual Conference: Schedule and Pricing

Unethical Behavior of Vendors: What You Can Do

Webinar Tomorrow: Developing a Successful Physician Mentor Program

JASPR Feature: Operation Smile

Question of the Week: Do you provide training to the physicians within the practices that you recruit for to help them improve their interviewing skills and process?

Annual Conference: Schedule and Pricing

The Education Committee has been hard at work planning the 2012 ASPR Annual Conference which will be held August 11-15 at the JW Marriott at LA Live in Los Angeles, CA.  Our Hollywood inspired theme this year is Mission imPossible: Recruiting the Stars of Tomorrow. 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join your colleagues at this educational conference designed specifically for in-house physician recruitment professionals. As you strive to meet the challenges and opportunities of the evolving healthcare environment, your informational needs are greater than ever before. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet with and learn from colleagues.

The information below provides an overview of the conference schedule for the 2012 Annual Conference.  Additional details will be provided in the Conference Registration Brochure once available. 

Find details on registration fees


Physician Recruitment 201 Module


Physician Recruitment 101 and 301 Modules
Welcome Reception


Main Session Begins
Keynote Speaker:  Cy Wakeman
Breakout Sessions
Roundtable Session


Keynote Speakers: David Houle and Jonathan Fleece
Breakout Sessions
Evening Networking Event at The Conga Room


Plenary Speaker: David Glickman
Interactive & In-depth Sessions
Meeting adjourns (Noon)


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 now 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. 

The ASPR Ethics Committee has received and addressed two complaints since its inception, both regarding Vendor Partners’ staff representing themselves as physicians (or a dentist in one case) in provider databases.  Both Vendor Partners received warnings and have assured ASPR that this type of behavior is considered unacceptable within their organizations and will not occur again. 

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.

Webinar Tomorrow: Developing a Successful Physician Mentor Program

Register today for this free webinar being held on March 28 at Noon CDT.

Date: March 28, 2012
Time:10:00 am PT / 12:00 pm CT / 1:00 pm ET
Presenters: Debbie Gleason, FASPR, Physician Development Administrator, The Nebraska Medical Center,
and Lee Meyer, Manager of Physician Recruitment & Credentialing, Dreyer Medical Clinic
Cost: Members/Free; Non-members/$99
1.5 hours CE credit

Is it time to develop a physician mentor program as part of your retention initiatives? Successful mentoring programs require proper understanding, planning, implementation, and evaluation. This webinar will address how to clearly define the goals of a physician mentor program and provide you with recommendations on what to do (and not do) in order to develop a successful program. Our speakers will address how to anticipate and overcome obstacles that could cause the program to fail such as lack of participation, no leadership involvement, unrealistic expectations, etc. Case studies will be presented to provide you with concrete ideas and examples to give you a jump start on developing your own physician mentor program.

Details and Online Registration

JASPR Feature: Operation Smile: One Physician Recruiter’s Mission Experience

By Lauren Beckstrom, DASPR, Physician Recruiter, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN

Operation Smile - Lauren BeckstromLittle did I know when I picked up an employee newsletter in the break room at work in the spring of 1998 advertising the need for volunteers for upcoming medical missions to Venezuela and Morocco, how profoundly I would be impacted, and what a big part of my life medical mission work would become. I responded to the advertisement and learned that the missions were with a group called Operation Smile that provides free reconstructive surgery to children and adults born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates in developing countries throughout the world as well as within the US. I was selected to do medical records on a mission to Venezuela in the fall of 1998 and have been doing a mission each year since then. I just recently returned from my 13th mission, this time to China. Through my involvement with Operation Smile, I have been honored with opportunities to travel to Venezuela, Kenya, Morocco, India, China, Thailand, Madagascar, and Ethiopia.

Read More About Operation Smile

Question of the Week

We are looking for a few more responses to this week’s Question of the Week: Do you provide training to the physicians within the practices that you recruit for to help them improve their interviewing skills and process?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Answer the Question of the Week

Thank you to all of you who participated in last week’s “Question of the Week.” There were 65 respondents and the results of the survey were:

Have you utilized video-enabled interviewing at your organization?

No, and I don't intend to
No, but I plan to in the future
Question of the Week Answer Precentage Question of the Week Answer Precentage Question of the Week Answer Precentage
Important Dates
ASPR Live Webinar Series — Developing a Successful Physician Mentor Program
Details and Registration
ASPR Live Webinar Series — The Doc Whisperer: the Art and Science of Engaging Physicians
Details and Registration
ASPR 2012 Annual Conference Begins

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