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2014 was quite the transitional year for 3RNet! We thought the best way to summarize all the changes our organization has seen was to compile this “top 10” list. So, here it is…the top 10 things 3RNet accomplished in 2014:

1. Hiring New Staff and Nikki and Jerry Retiring

In February, we hired two new staff: Mark Barclay and Kristine Morin. Our new Director of Member Services and Director of Communications and Marketing, respectively, Mark and Kristine hit the ground running as they quickly figured out they had big shoes to fill! With new staff, came a BIG transition for 3RNet! Shortly after Mark and Kristine started, 3RNet wished Nikki Kennedy and Jerry Kafer farewell as they embarked on a very exciting new chapter of their lives: retirement. They were gracious enough to stay on and help us plan our 2014 annual conference, and we of course still stay in touch, because it’s Nikki and Jerry!

2. Another Successful Member Annual Survey

Our members successfully completed another annual survey, which gave us astounding results. In the 2013-2014 federal fiscal year, our members reported placing 1,619 health professionals in rural and underserved communities throughout the country, along with some other stellar statistics you can read more about here

3. Our Adventures in Medicine Portal

We started a very exciting relationship with our friends at Adventures in Medicine (AIM) through the launch of our AIM portal, www.3rnet.org/aim. This ‘addition’ to our website offers hundreds of vetted resources to help residents and physicians navigate the job search/offer/continuation process. We’re proud that our members have these resources at their disposal to help them be THE trusted resource for jobs in rural and underserved communities.

4. National Events: ACP and AAFP

We attended three national events to promote the health care jobs available on our website: the ACP Internal Medicine meeting, AAFP’s National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, and AAFP’s Scientific Assembly. These are always great opportunities for our members to connect with job seekers, and we also always love running into folks who found their current job they love through 3RNet!

5. Website Improvements

We made several changes and improvements to our website this year, including:
  • Adding our blog on all things recruitment and retention
  • Creating new pages that cover general information on navigating the J-1 visa waiver job search. We also have that information in an interactive book format you can find here.
  • Improving our website’s navigation and updating existing webpages including our “about us” page
  • Adding new pages and a short registration form

6. Our 3RNet Working for You Video

We worked hard to create a video that explains who 3RNet is and what we (our members) do to help connect health professionals with rural and underserved communities. We’re very proud of this piece and encourage you to watch it right here.

7. 2014 3RNet Annual Conference

We hosted another 3RNet annual conference with 53 attendees, 14 speakers, and 24 representatives from the most conference sponsors we’ve ever had: 18! So many exciting things happened at our annual conference (it’s hard to believe it was already four months ago!) and you can read about our favorites here

8. New Board Members and New Board President

Our 53 organizational members voted in three new board members: Melissa Candelaria from New Mexico; Joyce Grayson, Kansas; and David Raines with the Department of Veterans Affairs. We also welcomed a new board president, Keith Clark, our Nevada member. We’re so thankful for the dedicated members who help our organization in such an important way. You can read more about our board members here and here

9. We Started Recording How We Are Really ‘Working For You’

In August 3RNet staff started using a tracking system to record everything we do on a day-to-day basis. This web-based system, TruServe, will allow us to quantify how we ‘work for you’ every day, and we’re excited about our results so far. In the last quarter of 2014 we captured the following data:

  • We entered 770 ‘activities’ – meaning we did 770 various things for 3RNet
  • We provided technical assistance to our members 231 times and provided education or outreach 151 times
  • We worked provided service to 241 unique members, facilities, candidates, and partners!

10. 2015 – Here We Come!

Our absolute favorite achievement from 2014 is what we’ve been able to accomplish to make 2015 even better! We have so many exciting things in store for you in the new year including

We’ve got a lot to be proud of from 2014, and we can’t wait to see where 2015 takes us! 

Happy New Year, everyone!


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