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President's corner – Summer 2014
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By Debbie Gleason, FASPR, ASPR President, Physician Development Administrator, The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Debbie GleasonI had a very forthright calculus professor in college whose simple statement to our class on the first day so struck me that I’ve not forgotten it, “Math or calculus is not a spectator sport.” In other words, you have to dig in and do the work; keep after it in order to master it, and then apply it. Periodically, her quote has come to mind in various situations.

As we all know, successful physician recruitment and onboarding is done as a team. All team members must make it a priority and be engaged in the process. All professionals, team sportsmen or otherwise, need periodic training, expansion of their fund of knowledge, and opportunities to network and benchmark within their industry. Physician recruitment and onboarding professionals are no different.

ASPR is an organization of volunteers who go the extra mile to work for the benefit of all our members. Our volunteers are active participants who work together and have some extraordinary accomplishments that are valued and recognized by the industry. They are certainly not spectators. Our members work hard at improving the health of their communities every day. Even the best of the best need to stay abreast of the constant change that has become the norm for our industry.

Get excited! You have the ideal opportunity to train, refresh and expand your fund of knowledge while networking and benchmarking with colleagues from all over the country. Registration for the 2014 ASPR Annual Conference is going on now. It may sound cliché, but this conference gets better and better every year. The offerings have the potential to aid you in staying at the forefront of the trends and dynamic change taking place in nearly every facet of healthcare. I’m amazed at how our dedicated Education Committee meets this challenge and steps up their game every year!

In August, our keynote speakers bring two distinctly different messages you won’t want to miss. David Horsager’s message will inspire you as you hear about the impact of trust on your business. I hope you’ve taken advantage of some of the sneak peak messages he’s provided. Joe Flower will be sharing insight about the future of healthcare and the driving factors we all ‘live’ every day and can anticipate in the future.

Breakout sessions are designed to keep us informed about cutting-edge concepts along with new twists on tried and true methodologies. Just to name a few topics: communication, value-based physician compensation, physician competencies for the next generation, and coaching physicians for candidate interviews. Check out the conference brochure and choose your sessions now.

Don’t be a spectator; dig in and get involved! See you in Minneapolis!

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