Annual Educational Conference

2018 NWSPR Educational Conference

Friday October 5 & Saturday, October 6
Bellevue, WA
Seattle Marriott Bellevue Hotel 


The 2018 NWSPR Educational Conference will be held in Bellevue, WA from October 5-6. NWSPR strives to meet the challenges and opportunities of the evolving healthcare environment, our informational needs are greater than ever before. We invite you to attend this year’s expanded conference offerings to receive the newest information from experts in the field of in-house physician recruitment and retention.

By attending the NWSPR Educational Conference, you will have the opportunity to attend six plenary presentations, three breakout sessions, and network with fellow physician recruiters and exhibitors. Your attendance will also provide you with 8.5 ASPR CEU hours.

Some highlights of the excellent education that you will receive by attending:


Keynote Presentation:

  • Change Your Day, Not Your Life

Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives

Plenary Sessions:

  • Moving ASPR and the Industry Forward

Carey Goryl, Executive Director of ASPR. Carey Goryl, CAE serves as Executive Director of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (ASPR).

  • Physician Recruiting Challenges and Solutions: 2018 and Beyond

Kurt Mosley, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Merritt Hawkins. With over 25 years of health care industry experience, Kurt is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the evolving healthcare system, particularly the way physician supply, demand, and access are changing.

  • The Mobile Generation: Recruiting Physicians with Social Media

Sharon Thompson, Regional Manager of Business Development, Jackson Physician Search. As an in-house recruiter for a medical group in Port Angeles, Washington, for almost ten years, Sharon truly understands the challenges of recruiting providers to rural areas, as well as the significant impact and importance of bringing health care providers to these communities.

Breakout Sessions:

  • 1A: Leading Under Stress

This program specializes in teaching leaders how to energize their people and themselves when they need it most.

  • 1B: How to Avoid Post and Pray

This session will dissect the average posting to uncover performance benchmarks and provide insights into best practices. We’ll with tactics to increase your visibility to passive candidates.

  • 2A: Population Health Era Medical Staff Development Planning

The necessary evolution of Medical Staff Development Planning has been profound.  What started as a very compliance-oriented exercise in the 1990s began to include the strategic needs of sponsoring hospitals over the past decade. Now hospitals and health systems must also consider the realities of a post-reform, population health model of care in developing their Plan.

  • 2B: What Physicians Want vs. Placement Trends

This presentation examines the recruiting salaries and offers being accepted by physicians, as compared to physicians’ practice preferences expressed in our most   recent annual Physician Practice Survey.


Plenary Sessions:

  • From Adversaries to Allies: Managing Relationships with Difficult Partners

Sarah Ledbetter, Physician Recruiter, Providence Health & Services. Sarah Ledbetter is a Seattle-based Physician Recruiter with Providence Health & Services who launched her career in the healthcare industry with Swedish Medical Group in 2012.  Six years, three healthcare organizations, and hundreds of hiring managers, executives, and clinical staff members later, she has decided that the most rewarding aspect of her work is building relationships with her partners, even the relationships that started out (or continue to be in!) in the rockiest and fieriest of pits.

  • Sourcing for Challenging Locations: A guide to locating a unicorn

Melinda O’Bryan, Director of Custom Sourcing, PracticeMacth. Melinda O’Bryan has worked in the Physician Sourcing & Recruitment industry for 16+ years. Melinda began her career sourcing candidates for a small locally owned recruitment firm and went on to work as a recruiter for a large multi-industry recruitment firm.

Breakout Sessions:

  • 3A: Becoming the Employer of Choice for International Graduates

Hiring foreign born physicians requires additional planning and time in order to be successful. This presentation will focus on assisting employers to develop a framework for recruitment and meeting immigration requirements to ensure that your hard work is rewarded with being able to onboard the physician.

  • 3B: Grow and Thrive – Using Digital Marketing to Hit your Goals

Most healthcare facilities know what it takes to create a high-tech, patient friendly environment. But are they prepared for the complexity of marketing to patients and providers? Regardless of the size of the facility or ownership structure, navigating the world we call digital marketing can make or break a facility.

Conference Registration (NOW OPEN)

Download Brochure: NWSPR Educational Conference Registration Brochure

Conference registration is now open! We anticipate this year’s conference to sellout again and encourage you to register as soon as possible. For ease of payment we have set-up a PayPal link to accept debit and credit cards.

2018 Scholarship

NWSPR was founded in the spirit of helping in-house physician recruiters to expand their network and knowledge. To pay it forward we are offering two all-expense paid scholarships to the 2018 NWSPR Educational Conference. To enter simply refer a colleague who did not attend last year’s conference. If they register for the 2018 NWSPR conference you and your colleague referral will be entered into the scholarship drawing. Winners will be announced on September 1, 2018. (Airfare, hotel, and conference registration not to exceed $1000.00)

For more information please email Doug Lewis, Conference & Event Planner at:

Hotel Accommodations

Seattle Marriott Bellevue Hotel
200 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (425) 214-7600

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Seattle Marriott Bellevue Hotel with a special discounted room rate of $129 plus taxes.

The reservation cutoff date is September 1, 2018 or until the room block is exhausted, whichever occurs first. Reservations received after the cutoff date will be accepted on a space availability basis. To access the special room rate please use this room reservation link: NWSPR/Marriott Hotel Online Reservations

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