Category Archives: Community

What it’s Like to Work at Consilium Staffing: The Proof is in the Pizza

If there’s anything we advocate in our approach to company culture, it’s the concept of “work hard, play hard.” Here’s how it looked to be part of the Consilium team in Q3 2017:

Fourth of July

 

 

 

Each year, we celebrate the Fourth of July with a company potluck (with barbecue provided by Consilium) and informal patriotic attire, during which time we all look a bit like Captain America for the day.

Representing Consilium From California to Louisiana

We had quite the number of jet-setters this summer: during Q3, we sent representatives to San Diego, San Antonio, and New Orleans to represent Consilium at annual conventions that included the NACHC Community Health Institute, Psych Congress, and AAFP Family Medicine Experience.

(Even better, we acquired this stunning portrait of Vice President of National Accounts Hamilton Doty and Regional Vice President of Client Sales Billy Bowden. This might just end up on our Christmas cards.)

Q3 WIN Celebrations

Consilium holds a monthly WIN meeting to recognize individual, team, and company milestones, of which there were many this quarter!

Congratulations to our nine team members who earned promotions in Q3:

  • Amber Adkins— Senior Recruiting Consultant, Primary Care North
  • Brandy Cook—Senior Client Consultant, Primary Care Southwest
  • Shadley Hawkins—Director of Account Management, Behavioral Health South
  • Charlotte Kirkpatrick—Senior Corporate Recruiter
  • Kade Massingill—Senior Client Consultant, Behavioral Health South
  • Courtney Pryor—Corporate Recruiter
  • Keeley Puicon—Senior Recruiting Consultant, Behavioral Health South
  • Allie Purnell—Senior Account Manager, Primary Care Midwest
  • Ryan Saunders—IT Support Technician

Kicking Labor Day Weekend Off Right

After a record-breaking month in August, company partners announced a surprise early release on Friday, September 1st, to jump-start the Labor Day weekend. To keep productivity—and towers of empty pizza boxes—high, we also were treated to a company-wide pizza party for lunch on Thursday afternoon (rumors abound of team eating contests, but our lips are sealed).

Business Casual Attire—What NOT to Do

We embrace a business casual dress code at Consilium. In a nutshell, that means sharp enough to present as professionals and casual enough that we don’t feel like we’re attending an 8-5 Easter Sunday service. On Fridays, however, we get to wear jeans—just make sure not to emulate director of recruiting Ricky “Two-Shoes” Moses:

National Locum Tenens Week

August 14-18, 2017, marked the first ever National Locum Tenens Week, which recognizes the contributions of temporary healthcare providers across the nation. For our participation in the event, we took to the streets of downtown Dallas to interview passerby on their knowledge of locum tenens.

Locum Tenens Week, Day 1: What IS Locum Tenens, Anyway?

Never heard of locum tenens? You aren’t alone!

Locum Tenens Week, Day 3: “Wait, What Did You Say?”

It’s “locum tenens” as you’ve never heard it before (seriously, they pulled out all the phonetic stops).

Locum Tenens Week, Day 5: The Future of Locum Tenens

(Disclaimer: contrary to what our entertaining volunteer Grant thinks, locum tenens has absolutely nothing to do with alcoholic beverages.)

Women in Leadership

Consilium embraces a company commitment to invest in the personal and professional growth of each team member. In Q3, that included a presentation by founding partner and regional vice president Amy Gentile, who spoke on her journey to Consilium, some of the realities of being a woman in business, and how the company helps support Consilium women as they seek to advance in their careers.

Consilium Cares

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which caused unprecedented destruction right down I-45, Consilium Cares was able to gather four large boxes (plus one small box stuffed full of baby supplies) of donation items from Consilium team members. A huge “thank you” goes out to everyone who pitched in to help, on behalf of your Consilium Cares team!

Pictured: some of the donations collected by Consilium Cares on Day Two of our drive, including baby diapers, dog and cat food, non-perishable food items, and socks for children and adults

Consilium in the News

Physicians Practice

Congratulations to Dr. Days, one of our family medicine physicians, whose advice was featured in this Physicians Practice piece on part-time opportunities in medicine.

VoyageDallas Magazine

Want to learn more about the Consilium story? Check out our interview in VoyageDallas Magazine, which features founding partner and EVP Matt Baade on his own journey to Consilium.

 

Interested in joining our team? Check out our current career opportunities

Family Medicine Practitioners as Everyday Humanitarians

A message from John Moberly, partner and regional vice president at Consilium Staffing:

As our team geared up to head to San Antonio for the Family Medicine Experience (FMX), it was impossible not to think upon the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey throughout South Texas so recently. As a Texas resident myself, I cannot exaggerate the impact of this disaster, which has directly affected the family and friends of so many people in my office.

What has really struck me during this time is the eagerness of so many healthcare providers to help, whenever and wherever they may be needed. Consilium has had dozens of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners—many of whom do not even work on a locum tenens basis—nevertheless offer to take time off from their full-time jobs to provide care for the victims of this tragedy. We spoke to professionals from across the specialty spectrum who were moved to provide assistance, with about half of those offers coming from family medicine practitioners.

For me, that just speaks to the character of healthcare providers as people. I have such respect for the selflessness that your profession requires, and I am beyond grateful for the spirit of those who have chosen to dedicate their life to serving others, regardless of the sacrifices required.

I do a lot of work within the primary care sphere and I cannot say enough about the impact that family medicine physicians make on communities and the well-being of the people therein. Some of the most moving discussions I have had with providers give testament to this fact. A physician told me once, “You know John, I am three generations into my practice,” and I honestly cannot think of a higher compliment than being entrusted to provide care for entire families, from newborns to aging grandparents. That speaks volumes on who my partnering physicians are, as professionals and as people.

I view my mission, and the Consilium mission, as an extension of yours: together, we can help provide care to patients who otherwise would not be able to receive care in their community. When I connect a locum tenens physician with a healthcare facility that has been searching for a doctor for so long, I feel like I’m making a real difference, like I am truly working for the greater good.

In the hustle and bustle of healthcare law, ever-changing regulations, and (seemingly never-ending) congressional debates, I know that it can be easy for people to lose sight of what it is that physicians really do every day. But if you are attending FMX, even if you aren’t interested in working locum tenens, I urge you to at least come by Booth #1565 and meet our team—if nothing else, we’d love the opportunity to thank you.

John Moberly
Partner, Regional Vice President
Consilium Staffing

If you are a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner interested in working locum tenens, or in adding your name to the list of those willing to help in areas affected by the hurricanes, get in touch with Jason Smith, regional vice president of account management:

Find—and Build—Your Best Company Culture, A Q2 Blueprint

When you truly believe that your people are your greatest asset, you invest in them accordingly. But how can job seekers tell how a company treats team members before accepting the offer? While we can’t beam you in for a spectral journey through your prospective Consilium career (think “Star-Trek-meets-Ghost-of-Christmas-Future”), we can shed a little light on our approach to maintaining a fun, productive, and supportive work environment.

Here’s how it looked to be part of the Consilium team in Q2 2017:

Consilium Cares—Working for the Greater Good

Increasingly, job seekers want their workplace to offer a means of making a positive impact on the world around them. At Consilium, we work to strengthen our community through the work of Consilium Cares, our company philanthropy program.

On April 22, Consilium Cares again participated in the Red Balloon Run and Ride benefit for Children’s Health. The Run and Ride offers 5K options for people of all ages and fitness levels, with alternatives that include a family-friendly “fun run” and walking and cycling events.

 

 

 

 

On June 10th, we also continued our volunteer partnership with the North Texas Food Bank. During our shift, Consilium Cares volunteers helped bag more than 10,000 (!) meals for senior citizens in the Dallas area.

 

 

 

Administrative Professionals’ Day

April 26th was National Administrative Professionals’ Day, a great opportunity to show our appreciation for Megan, whose selflessness, customer service skills, and professionalism are second to none. On top of her normal work duties, Megan always manages to give a warm, genuine welcome to every person who steps foot into our lobby.

 

 

 

Play Ball!

One of Consilium’s most popular social events is the annual excursion to a Texas Rangers game. This year, we attended the Rangers’ final game on May 13th against the Oakland Athletics (and certainly as a result of our patronage, the Rangers won 6-5—you’re welcome, guys!).

Wear Blue Day

Men’s Health Week, an initiative designed to increase awareness of health issues affecting men and boys, was held on June 12-18th this year. Consilium joined in by participating in the international #WearBlueDay on Friday, June 16th.

Kudos to our Operations team, which won the company-wide “#ShowUsYourBlue” contest this year—way to go Ops!

WIN Meeting

Each month, we hold a WIN meeting to recognize and celebrate individual, team, and company milestones. Standard awards include recognition of standout team member performance in client sales, recruiting, account management, and operations.

Congratulations to our three team members who earned promotions this quarter:

  • Sarah Chapman—Risk, Privileging, and Quality Assurance Manager
  • Tamara Ratigan—Operations Manager
  • Matt Tate—Senior Client Sales Consultant, Primary Care North

National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day

June 6th is National Healthcare Recruiter Recognition Day, and boy did our recruiting consultants deserve the shout-out! It is due in large part to the efforts of our recruiters that Consilium is projecting a year-over-year growth rate of 43% for 2017.

 

 

 

 

Interested in joining a growing company that invests in your personal and professional development? Search our open career opportunities or get more information about Consilium.

Consilium Culture Unveiled—How Chili Feuds Contribute to Company Success

Company culture is an important consideration when evaluating a job offer. After all, it is the people around you that will make—or break—your work experience. The problem for job seekers is that it can be difficult to glean an accurate picture of a company’s work environment until Day 1 on the job.

We’d like to change that. Read on for a Consilium Q1 review and an insider peek into what “You are Consilium” really entails:

Consilium anniversary

happy-birthday-consilium-2017On January 17, we celebrated the anniversary of Consilium Staffing’s founding with food, fun, and (mostly) fond memories of the journey to where we are today: topping the list of fastest-growing locum tenens companies in the nation.

From weathering literal storms culminating in an AWOL roof (true story: we did take that day off, for the record) to celebrating engagements, the Consilium team has some vivid, memorable tales of our time together.

Building Consilium, A Series

Consilium is committed to investing in the professional growth of each team member and promoting from within the company. To advance both of those efforts, we provide all employees with a seat for Building Consilium, a seven-part presentation series that covers the company journey from a personal perspective, imparts important industry knowledge, and details a clear path to advancing from an entry-level consultant all the way up to company partner.

Chili Bowl

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On February 3rd, Consilium held its (almost) annual Chili Bowl, which always results in stiff competition between our latent moonlighting chefs. This year we had nine competitors, all of whom met in a fierce culinary clash for one of three gift cards up for grabs.

Winners of the 2017 Chili Bowl were:

  • Jessica Blue (#9)
  • Matt Tate (#2)
  • Krystal Williams (#3)

American Heart Month

heart-wear-red-day-2017February is American Heart Month, set aside to recognize the threat of heart disease and promote steps Americans can take to lessen their risk. Though Heart Month was first designated in 1964, heart disease still is the #1 cause of death for American men and women.  On National Wear Red Day, the first Friday in February, Consilium team members donned red in support of the efforts to raise awareness and increase prevention efforts.

Celebrating Diversity

We know that drawing from diverse perspectives and life experiences makes for more well-rounded ideas and better service to our clients. Historically, however, the contributions of women and people of color have not always been equally recognized throughout the medical and healthcare industries. To commemorate Black History Month and Women’s History Month, we spent February and March highlighting African-Americans and women throughout history who have made a difference in healthcare.

Want to learn more about some of the trailblazers we honored this year? Check out our posts on Twitter at @ConsiliumLocums.

Annual Meeting

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On February 23, we held our annual company meeting at The Westin Hotel in Irving. At Consilium, we take pride in celebrating achievements and recognizing excellence within our ranks. At this year’s meeting, we announced two key promotions and presented seven company-wide merit awards:

Team Member Promotions

Billy Bowden, formerly Director of Account Management, was promoted to Regional Vice-President for the Southeast region.
Andrew Walker, formerly Senior Account Manager, was promoted to Director of Account Management for the Southeast region.

Company Awards

Brent Burrows, Partner and RVP (Primary Care Midwest)—Servant Leader of the Year
Tamara Ratigan
, Accounting Manager (Operations)—People’s Choice Award
Slade Kern, Recruiter (Primary Care Midwest)—Apprentice of the Year Award
Landon Webb
—Account Manager (Primary Care North)—Account Manager of the Year
Lisa Holmes
—Client Sales (Government)–Client Sales Consultant of the Year
Jenelle Zornes
—Recruiter (Behavioral Health)—Recruiter of the Year
Andre Popov
—Operations—Operations Champion of the Year

Read more about what working at Consilium means to this year’s award winners

March Madness 2.0

We may not have spent March making clutch last-second shots from behind the arc, but we weren’t completely removed from buzzer-beater action. Though our production teams periodically hold metrics-based competitions, we up the ante each spring by bringing in a bit of college basketball flavor.

All March, regional teams faced off weekly for a shot at a company-paid team event of their choice to be held the first Friday in April. Each team seeks to best the competition by earning points for top marks in sales, recruiting, and account management metrics like “talk time,” contracts in, and days sold.

The (very proud—trust us) winner of this year’s March Madness was our Midwest team, which successfully pulled off a three-peat win.

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We work hard at Consilium—there’s no getting around that. But with as much time as our teams spend together, we believe it imperative that some of that time be spent celebrating personal and professional accomplishments, observing holidays and other important events, or simply engaging in good ol’ fashioned sales competitions.

Interested in joining the Consilium team (and potentially helping stage a 2018 March Madness upset)? Check out our current career opportunities.

Consilium Cares Gets in the Christmas Spirit at North Texas Food Bank

This weekend, Consilium team members (and some of their awesome family members) headed to the North Texas Food Bank in South Dallas to put together nutritious meals for local schoolchildren. From 1-3 p.m., our 16 volunteers were able to help bag 6,250 meals for Dallas-area residents through the Food 4 Kids program.

Statistics from the North Texas Food Bank indicate that 1 in 4 children in North Texas live in food-insecure households, meaning their families at times lack enough food to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Children who receive meals from the food bank often are only guaranteed food at school Monday-Friday and may go hungry on weekends.

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“I felt very humbled leaving the event on Saturday, but there was also a sense of tremendous pride in what we accomplished for kids in our area,” said John Moberly, partner and vice-president at Consilium. “We were told that volunteer numbers drop off after the holidays, so we are very much looking forward to coming back and helping fill that gap in early 2017.”

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” –1st John 3:17-18

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Consilium Cares Kicks off ‘Season of Giving’ at Local Parade

UPDATE: The Children’s Health Holiday Parade has officially been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. 

Mark your calendars: on December 3, Consilium team members will once again take part in the annual Children’s Health Holiday Parade, one of the largest parades in America. The parade, now in its 29th consecutive year, will step off on Commerce Street at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the streets of downtown Dallas.Fun Fact

Consilium team members will volunteer in several roles throughout the parade, including as banner carriers, merchandisers, and even a clown or two. We could not be more excited to again take part in this historic event, which provides free holiday fun for local families and strengthens the Children’s Health System and its ability to care for Texas children. In addition, the event provides a truly unforgettable experience for some of the hospital’s pediatric patients.

This year, 25 special Children’s Health patients were selected by medical staff to experience the magic of the parade from atop some of this year’s coolest floats. The children, who range in age from 5-16, are all residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area; make sure to wave as they go by!

Consilium Cares, the company philanthropy program, is dedicated to fulfilling the company mission of strengthening local communities. Through the initiative, Consilium team members have volunteered at local charities that include the North Texas Food Bank and Carter BloodCare as well as participating in events like the Salvation Army Angel Tree program and the “Christmas is for Children” Radiothon.

For more information about the Children’s Health Holiday Parade, which is sponsored by the Children’s Health System of Texas, visit the official parade website.

Click here to view the parade route.