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2014 ASPR Annual Conference Highlights

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The 2014 ASPR Annual Conference in Minneapolis was a great success! More than 400 attendees and over 100 exhibitors were at the conference. Thank you to all who attended and supported this event!

The conference kicked off with the ASPR Fellowship Programs. The Physician Recruitment 101, 201 and 301 modules were offered Saturday and Sunday. These modules and subsequent exams lead members to become certified as Fellows of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR).

Monday morning began with David Horsager, M.A., CSP who delivered his keynote The Trust Edge: What Top Leaders Have and 8 Pillars to Build it Yourself. David discussed the importance of trust – “A lack of trust is your biggest expense,” he said. He shared humorous and heartfelt stories to help attendees remember key messages about building and maintaining trust. He shared the eight pillars the greatest leaders have used to build trust: clarity, loyalty, character, competence, commitment, connection, contribution and consistency. David provided many key takeaways and no one will ever visit Canada without recalling his bear story. Attendees left feeling inspired and ready to “wake up and be present.”

After a day filled with lots of educational content, everyone headed to Seven for a fun filled social event. Attendees enjoyed sushi, sliders, pasta and cocktails in the eclectic downtown setting. The rooftop bar was packed for most of the evening as everyone enjoyed the perfect weather while catching up with old friends and making new ones.

Tuesday morning began with a variety of roundtable sessions, which provided an excellent way for attendees to network with colleagues while discussing issues that might not otherwise be addressed in the breakout sessions. Topics like "Tools for Onboarding," "Challenges of Rural Recruitment,” and "New to Recruiting? Bring Your Questions" gave participants plenty of fresh ideas to take back to their organizations.

Tuesday also included the ASPR Annual Business Meeting where Debbie Gleason, FASPR, President and Jennifer Metivier, FASPR, Executive Director, provided members with key highlights on programs and activities accomplished by the Board of Directors and Committees. Board members, committee co-chairs and committee members were recognized for their hard work and dedication.

The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Miranda Grace, FASPR. Marci Jackson, FASPR and Shelley Tudor, FASPR were each honored with Outstanding Service Awards for their outstanding contributions to ASPR. Thirty-six newly certified Fellows were recognized for accomplishing the highest designation available within ASPR; 16 were recognized for becoming recertified as Fellows; and 11 who were missed in past years due to timing issues were recognized. And last, but not least, 48 ASPR Corporate Contributors were recognized and thanked for the support they provide to our association.

The third and final day of the conference started with Joe Flower’s presentation - Where We Are Headed: Notes from the Future – The Physician in the Next Healthcare. Joe’s keynote was an eye-opening account of the changes in healthcare over the past few decades and looked at how things like DRGs, HMOs and the ACA have impacted healthcare costs and delivery of care. He looked in-depth at the $800 billion per year of medical waste. “If we change the way we pay for healthcare so we don’t pay for waste, waste will go away,” he said. He encouraged everyone to think in revolutionary terms - providing attendees with seven levers of change that are needed to drive down healthcare costs and eliminate waste.

The ASPR Chapters each held business meetings over the course of the Annual Conference. Academic Inhouse Recruiters (AIR), Onboarding and Retention (OAR), the Northwest Staff Physician Recruiters (NWSPR), the Southeast Physician Recruiters Association (SEPRA) and the Texas Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (TexASPR) all conducted fruitful meetings. The special interest group, Children's Hospital In-House Recruiters Network (CHIRN), met during the conference as well.

Enormous thanks go out to the ASPR Education Committee Co-Chairs - Robin Schiffer, from MedCentral Health System (Mansfield, Ohio) and Jennifer Barber from OSF (Peoria, Ill.) - for orchestrating such an amazing conference! A huge thank you also goes out to the entire Education Committee including Deborah Atkins, FASPR, Lauren Beckstrom, FASPR, Judy Brown, FASPR, Amy Burns, FASPR, Kamala Carlberg, DASPR, John Cerniglia, DASPR, Gina Coliano, Madalyn Dosch, Vicki Finnell, FASPR, Bridgett Gawlik, FASPR, Debbie Gleason, FASPR, Emily Glaccum, FASPR, Kathy Gresham, DASPR, Melanie Harkins, DASPR, Joelle Hennesey, FASPR, Marci Jackson, FASPR, Allen Kram, FASPR, Scott Manning, FASPR, Charlene Plotycia, AASPR, Carol Rash, AASPR, Melody Roccaforte and Angela Van Ginkel.

The teamwork of this amazing group of people is appreciated by all who attended the conference! Thank you!

Mark your calendars for the 2015 ASPR Annual Conference where we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary! It will be held May 16-20, 2015, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orlando, Fla. We hope to see you there!

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