The Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR) hosted its 18th Annual Conference in Chicago with record breaking attendance earlier this month. The Conference was attended by over 460 in-house physician recruitment professionals from across the United States and Canada. Participants discussed how healthcare organizations can successfully recruit and retain physicians in an increasingly competitive market.
“Our members are on the front line of the physician shortage and our goal is to prepare them to effectively address the shortage. They are challenged with not only recruiting, but structuring practice opportunities that meet the needs of today’s medical professionals.” says Jennifer Metivier, MS, FASPR, executive director of ASPR. “In addition to our annual conference, ASPR offers our membership continuing education and forums to discuss best practices and provides opportunities to network with other in-house physician recruitment professionals.”
Nationally known experts, Roderick Hooker, PhD from the Lewin Group, Scott Shipman, M.D. from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Fred Donini-Lenhoff from the American Medical Association, presented on current trends for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants and how they will be affected by the increasing demands on the American medical workforce. The speakers concluded that while there will be incremental growth in the number of physicians entering or remaining in the workforce, demand for healthcare will continue to increase at a faster pace. This coupled with the uncertainties of health care reform will require other types of non-physician clinicians to be called upon to meet the future needs of our health care organizations. It is suggested by our panelists that nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be a major contributor to providing access to primary care within the new health reform models. “We all need to recognize the need to attract and support the nurse practitioner and physician assistant as part of the new delivery model, if we are to respond to the increased demands for medical services in our communities”, said Metivier.
Another highlight of this year’s conference was the introduction of three distinct learning tracks focusing on; Marketing and Sourcing Candidates, Employment Models and Today’s Trends, and Adding Value to the Physician Recruiter’s Role. “With three learning tracks, recruiters at all skill levels could learn and participate in the discussion,” explains Metivier. “One of the main goals of the ASPR is to engage all of our members so that we may learn from each other.”
All of the learning tracks were designed to provide current information about trends that will affect our member’s ability to successfully target and hire medical professionals. Kimberly Mosby, of Sullivan Cotter and Associates, is one of the leading experts on physician compensation. She discussed trends which effect a physician’s compensation and how to structure pay in a competitive regulatory environment. Another session was lead by Judy Rosman, President of RosmanSearch Inc. and expert on neurosurgical recruitment, who spoke about the difficulties in successfully completing searches for highly compensated specialists in fields where the pool of candidates is limited. According to Rosman, “one must understand that when targeting a highly coveted specialist like a neurosurgeon, you must have and be able to convey a vision for building a model in which the physician can be successful.”