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KRRC Connections: June 2021 Newsletter

Live events, Webinars, Free Training, and more!

The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) is a centralized, statewide program specializing in healthcare workforce development, retention, and strategic planning. Since 2004, the KRRC has assisted over 300 physicians and other healthcare professionals with finding a job in a Kansas community.

KRRC Recruitment Team

Sasha Randolph
Recruitment & Retention Manager

Katie Stark
Candidate Relations Coordinator

Pragya Agosto
Recruitment Coordinator


Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC)


  • 6 Exhibiting Events/Career Fairs
  • 2 Residency Presentations
  • 3 Presentations for Healthcare Programs
  • Sponsored 1 event for the Rural Medicine Interest Group (RMIG)
  • 107referrals
  • 9 placements
  • Kansas Locum Tenens (KLT) served 7 Kansas healthcare organizations with 16 coverages (33 days covered)


For KRRC Clients

  • Complete an Opportunity Profile Form for ALL of your open job opportunities-medical, dental, allied health and behavioral health.
  • Follow up on referrals immediately-even if you aren't hiring.
  • Referred candidates have been pre-screened and have expressed interest in your position. Please contact them within 1-2 days.
  • Give us feedback on candidates that are referred to you.
  • Update us if your position has been filled or is no longer open.

Sasha Randolph wearing a KU MasKUp mask in front of Newman University

Third Times the Charm!

Wearing the stylish MasKUp mask in black, Sasha Randolph had 23 Masters of Social Work students attend her Resumé Prep class at Newman's Sacred Heart Hall on Monday, March 15, 2021. It had been rescheduled three times due to the pandemic and associated challenges, but Sasha was finally able to meet with the class in person! Contact for social work candidates today.

Resident Physicians Search for Positions in Kansas

Creating relationships with resident physicians is key to understanding what they are looking for in a position. Sasha starts the process by visiting local residency programs, sharing about KRRC services, and then connecting residents with the right opportunity. This quarter, Sasha met with 6 different residency programs and gave 7 presentations.

  • Internal Medicine, March 17, 2021
  • Wesley Family Medicine for 2nd-year residents, March 22, 2021
  • Wesley Family Medicine, April 14, 2021
  • Orthopedic Surgery, May 6, 2021
  • Smoky Hill Family Medicine, May 13, 2021
  • Via Christi Family Medicine, May 21, 2021
  • Med/Peds Educational Residency Retreat, May 22, 2021

Advancing Connections: 2021 AAPPR ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Do you take time to fill your cup? Day-to-day recruiters give of themselves to find the best candidates for their organizations but need to take time for themselves as well. Sasha did just that at the AAPPR (Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment) Annual Conference, April 26-27, 2021. This virtual conference covered topics such as leadership through change, physician onboarding, rural recruiting in a pandemic, managing stress, implicit bias in healthcare, and interpreting national trends.

How to Grab a Candidate's Attention in a Sea of Job Postings

Sea of Job Postings: Man fishing in river

As a KRRC client, your organization's job postings are being shared on job boards and university sites regionally and nationwide. But in a sea of postings, are you snagging candidates or reeling in an empty hook? Taking the time to write a quality job posting is never time wasted. Are your job postings well-thought-out or an afterthought? Go beyond the basics of the position and show what makes both the job and your organization unique. What you are looking for in a candidate? What is the mission and vision of your organization? Paint a picture of the type of candidate who could be successful at your organization. Another great tip? Do a periodic review of your job descriptions and freshen them up when needed.

If you need help reviewing your postings, contact Candidate Relations Coordinator, Katie Stark, at to get started.

KRRC Highlights Positions at Multiple Spring Career Fairs

The KRRC teams' goal is to connect with quality candidates; the added challenge of building relationships virtually didn't stop the KRRC team! This spring was a busy career fair season.

List of Kansas and Missouri Colleges and Universities that have hosted Spring Career Fairs

Since March 1st, the KRRC team has participated in career fairs with 8 different universities in addition to providing educational seminars to connect with students at many others. Our recruiters share open positions with students and then refer pre-screened, interested students to the facilities where students indicate interest.

Be sure to post all of your open healthcare positions with KRRC.

Spring Career Fairs:

  • Univ of Central Missouri Virtual Nursing Hiring Day, March 1, 2021
  • Fort Hays State University Spring Virtual Career and Internship Fair, March 3, 2021
  • University of Missouri Health Professions & Nursing Career & Opportunities Fair, March 16, 2021
  • Pittsburg State University Spring Career Day, March 16, 2021
  • Wichita State Health Professions Career Fair, March 24, 2021
  • University of Missouri System Virtual Hiring Fair, March 27, 2021

Rural Health Education & Services Staff Judge 2021 HOSA Spring Leadership Conference


HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) is a pipeline for future health professionals. Established in 1976, HOSA is a student organization for middle school, secondary and post-secondary students who are interested in healthcare careers. On Mar. 29-31, 2021, High School students from across the state of Kansas participated in the 2021 HOSA Virtual Spring Leadership Conference. Competitive events were on a variety of topics including CPR/First Aid, Creative Problem Solving, Healthy lifestyles, Health Career Photography, Veterinary Medicine, Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking and more. Rural Health Education and Services staff enjoyed interacting with high school students by serving as judges for the events.

To learn more about HOSA, visit

Meeting PA's at Wichita State College of Health Professions Event

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On April 30, 2021, forty-four physician assistant students came together to hear all about Rural Health services and opportunities in Kansas.

Not only was it the student's first time on campus together since COVID, but it was their first lunch together, and Sasha Randolph was the speaker for their first in-person presentation. The two-hour presentation went by quickly-students were engaged and happy to be together. Sasha said, "[Meeting in-person] just made all the difference in the world!!"

Exit and Stay Interview Survey - Your input is requested

When an employee leaves, we must listen-why they start, why they stay, why they leave-and then learn and evolve for a healthier healthcare workforce. Talented employees drive an organization's success; conducting Stay Interviews and Exit Interviews can be a vital tool in retaining quality employees. Does your organization conduct exit or stay interviews? Complete this brief questionnaire about why or why your organization is not using these tools and watch for more information in the next issue of KRRC Connections.

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A Well-Received Presentation at the KU School of Nursing

When Sasha Randolph met with twenty-eight Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) candidates from the KU School of Nursing on April 29, 2021, students were engaged, and it was a very interactive presentation. Sasha shared her expertise on finding the right fit in a position, CV/résumé prep and how the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) can aid in the job search process. The KRRC utilizes educational presentations to connect with future candidates.

A Match Made in Heaven

From left to right: Brynn Wright, Jennifer Mettling and Elizabeth Sirois, all fourth-year medical students at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, point on a map to where they’re headed for residency training. During a student-only Match Day ceremony in Wichita, medical students announced to each other, as well as to family and friends watching a livestream of the ceremony, which residency programs they matched.

From left to right: Brynn Wright, Jennifer Mettling and Elizabeth Sirois, all fourth-year medical students at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, point on a map to where they're headed for residency training. During a student-only Match Day ceremony in Wichita, medical students announced to each other, as well as to family and friends watching a live stream of the ceremony, which residency programs they matched.

On March 19, 2021, fourth-year medical students from across the nation anxiously waited to learn where they would be spending the next 3-7 years to continue their medical training. The medical student National Residency Match Program (NRMP), also known as "The Match" is the final hurdle of medical school. "Match Day," a national event, is made possible by an algorithm that is so complex, that it was the basis for a Nobel Prize in 2012.

Students from the three KU School of Medicine campuses, Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina, each met in their own unique way, either virtual or in-person, to share the news with their peers where they would be in residency. During the fourth year of medical school, students spend considerable time and effort to interview with residency programs across the United States. Then, students rank the residency programs in order of their preference, residency programs do the same, and a computer program does the rest.

We are proud of our KU students--congratulations and good luck in this next stage of training! #KUMatchDay

AAPPR Leaders Connect

AAPPR Leaders Connect Speaker on stageRecognized as a thought leader in physician recruitment, Sasha Randolph, KRRC Recruitment and Retention Manager, joined an exclusive group of leaders and decision-makers for a three-day in-person event called AAPPR Leaders Connect in Grapevine, TX, April 18-20, 2021.

AAPPR Connect Logo

Sasha said, "It was awesome to find and fall in love with my profession all over again. I am just excited about recruitment and the tools that are resources for use in the real world. I am excited to share those tips and tricks." AAPPR is the Association for Advancing Physician and Provider Recruitment.

Medical Education and Mission Award (MEMA)

WE'RE ON A MISSION: A young woman resident physician stands on a rural road

Creating a pipeline of mission-minded providers for rural Kansas is a continual goal for the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center. Rural Health Education and Services (RHES) introduced a new award-the Medical Education and Mission Award (MEMA) for domestic healthcare projects/initiatives that serve vulnerable populations to foster and recognize the heart of service in our healthcare students and resident physicians.

Award requests are in any amount up to $500.

To date, RHES has funded 3 students' initiatives-COVID education, surgery supplies for a high school and food storage in a food desert.

Free Training for Critical Access Hospitals

Tara Morrow delivers curriculum to rural health care organizations to support positive organizational cultures and increase employee engagement. Tara visited employees at Wichita County Health Center on May 4-5, 2021 to teach Communication Techniques and Motivation Strategies for Managers.

This training is free to Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics through funding by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Click here for more information or email Tara Morrow to schedule your training today!

Free Webinars for Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center (KRRC) Clients

Tara Morrow and Sasha Randolph shared their expertise on a Zoom Lunch & Learn Webinar on Mission, Vision and Values in a Community on May 12, 2021 at noon. Sasha and Tara showed how culture influences an organization including workplace relationships, processes, effective internal and external communication, and accomplishing goals-including recruitment and retention efforts.

The webinar was free for Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center clients. Kudos to Krystle Sandman from Edwards County Medical Center in Kinsley. She earned bragging rights and a t-shirt by winning the Assessing Organizational Culture quiz during the webinar!

If you missed the webinar, you can view it below. The next Lunch & Learn Webinar is Tuesday, August 3rd from noon to 1 P.M.

Watch Previous Webinar

More on Workplace Culture

Culturally-Informed Approaches to Rural Healthcare: An Introduction

A webinar entitled, "Culturally-Informed Approaches to Rural Healthcare: An Introduction," is being presented by Vanessa Lohf, LBSW, Project Specialist at the WSU Center for Public Health initiatives. In this session, clinic providers and staff will learn more about "cultural humility," impacts of culture on health and healthcare practice, and identify skill-building opportunities to enhance relationships and, ultimately, health outcomes for the patients they serve.

Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute - Presented by: Vanessa Lohf, LBSW, Project Specialist, WSU Center for Public Health Initiatives

Pre-registration is required. Choose from one of the following sessions and click on the date to register: 

Take the Kansas Health Care Primary Care Needs Assessment (PCNA) Survey to make a lasting impact. Your response is requested by June 1, 2021.

The Community Health Access and Preparedness sections of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) along with the Primary Care Needs Assessment Design Team invite you to complete the online Kansas Health Care Primary Care Needs Assessment (PCNA) Survey. The survey should only take approximately 15 minutes to complete but will have a lasting impact on programming and resources focus and availability in Kansas.

The surveys will close on June 1, 2021, so results can be gathered and shared by August 2021. Simply answer the questions to the best of your ability. This can be completed on a computer, mobile device, or tablet. At least one response is needed from every healthcare facility - clinics, hospitals, dentists, mental health settings, primary care offices, etc.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health at

Take the survey!

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Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
Rural Health Education & Services
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: 316-293-2649