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A Letter from the Executive Director – Summer 2014

By Jennifer Metivier, MS, FASPR, ASPR Executive Director

Jen Metivier, DASPRSummer is always an exciting time at ASPR! While the planning of the 2014 annual conference is now behind us, things are just heating up when it comes to the implementation of all the conference logistics. It’s a bit like conducting an orchestra with our volunteers, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and staff all working together and playing in harmony.

Annual conference
The 2014 ASPR Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, Minn. Aug. 23-27. The ASPR Education and Fellowship Committees have an amazing line up of educational programming for you. I’m certain this year’s conference will provide all who attend new knowledge and infused enthusiasm to take home with them – along with all the cool swag from the exhibit hall! Conference registration is open so sign up now to learn about current trends, hot topics, and the nuts and bolts of physician recruitment, onboarding and retention. As you start planning for your conference experience, here are a few things to consider:

  • Take this opportunity to get started on your certification or take the next step in completing your ASPR Fellowship certification. Consider starting your certification with the on-demand webinars to get a jump-start and complete the program while in Minneapolis.
  • First time attending the conference? Register for the New Member and First Time Attendee Reception held Sunday before the Welcome Reception. It’s a great way to meet colleagues and find someone to tag along with throughout the conference events.
  • Download the Conference Mobile App to map out your stops in the exhibit hall and review the many breakout sessions available.
  • Don’t forget to use the Conference Justification Letter to help present your case to your administration on how you will personally benefit from attending this year’s conference!

Industry surveys and data
Providing you with continuous educational opportunities is something we strive for at ASPR. In addition to the annual conference and fellowship certification programs, ASPR is focusing a great deal of effort on gathering industry data in the form of surveys. The goal is to provide our members with valuable and timely information on a variety of topics including physician compensation and benefits, recruitment incentives, physician contractual issues, recruitment processes, recruitment benchmarks and recruiter work-life balance issues.

We released the 2014 ASPR Physician Compensation, Benefits and Recruitment Incentives in July (a summary is included on page 15) and will publish the 2014 ASPR In-House Physician Recruitment Benchmarking Report later this month. A variety of other reports will be published in the coming months as well. You can find information on ASPR’s surveys and reports under the Industry Data tab of the ASPR website. We hope you’ll be able to utilize the data from these surveys to serve as an industry expert and resource to your administration and to identify opportunities to improve recruitment processes within your organization.

Your participation is critical to the success of these surveys and in obtaining accurate and abundant data. Many of our surveys are collecting information on topics our members seek to obtain on the ASPR Chat Listserv but can’t legally ask due to antitrust issues. Collecting the data anonymously, and in bulk, allows us to gather and share this information without violating antitrust law.

We greatly appreciate all who have participated in the ASPR surveys to date and encourage you to participate in future surveys. The more data collected in these surveys; the more valuable and meaningful that data becomes to our industry.

As always, I look forward to hearing any thoughts, suggestions, ideas or comments from you!

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