Office of Faculty Development

The Office of Faculty Development's logo reflects the four components of the Boston Children's Hospital's mission and the juggling of clinical, teaching, research, and work/life balance.

Mission Statement

To facilitate the career advancement and satisfaction of Harvard Medical School (HMS) faculty at Boston Children's Hospital, fostering careers of all junior faculty, and increasing leadership opportunities for women and minorities.

The Office of Faculty Development's Mentoring Guidebooks, Guidelines for Junior Faculty and Guidelines for Mentors,  have been updated for 2018 - 2019 and are now available with other materials on our Community of Mentors webpage.

Check the link below for the February 2008 Pediatrics article on the Boston Children's Hospital faculty development program (first author, S. Jean Emans, MD)

Creating a Faculty Development Office in an Academic Pediatric Hospital: Challenges and Successes

The Office of Faculty Development is now on Twitter! Look for announcements, links, updates, reminders, and reflections https://twitter.com/BCHFacultyDev

Boston Children's Hospital joins New England HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium) HERC provides a free job-seeking database for faculty, staff, and medical positions from a consortium of New England educational and medical institutions. It is a family-friendly tool as dual-career couples may enter their profiles to find matching positions, conduct searches on relocation resources, and explore schools for children. For further information, check HERC's website.

HERC Website

Office of Faculty Development Receives HMS PACEM Award
The Office of Faculty Development received the 2017 Program Award for a Culture of Excellence in Mentoring (PACEM) from the HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. The PACEM was established to recognize efforts to foster innovation and sustainability in mentoring. The OFD was recognized for its Developmental Networks initiative, based on the work of Kathy Kram, PhD (Boston University Questrom School of Business). For more information on Developmental Networks go to the Community of Mentors link.

 

Office of Faculty Development 2019 - 2020 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

 

Fall 2019 - Winter 2020 Events - please check for updates as our workshops are in development
To register for any OFD workshop or event, please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu

The Office of Faculty Development Invites You to a Special Celebration To Honor the Recipients of the 2019 Boston Children’s Hospital Fellowships, Research, Medical Education, and Program Awards

Awards Ceremony sponsored by:
Sandra Fenwick, MPH, CEO; Kevin Churchwell, MD, President and COO; 
David Williams, MD, Chief Scientific Officer; Jean Emans, MD,  OFD Director;
and Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Chief Medical Education Officer
Tuesday, October 29, 12 –1:00 PM. Folkman Auditorium, lunch provided
Project Updates from 2 OFD/BTREC/CTREC Faculty Career Development Fellowship recipients

Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor
Speaker: Tara Lauriat, PhD, Program Director for Academic Affairs, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Thursday, November 7, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, the areas of excellence, and CV preparation. 

Meet-up Group: Making Science in Fiber Arts
Host: Elissa Weitzman, ScD
Wednesday, November 13, 1 - 2 PM, 333 Longwood 3rd Floor (ORL) Conference Room, lunch provided
It’s sweater and hat season! As such, we are holding the 4th session of the “Making Science” meet-up group Wednesday, November 13, 1 - 2 PM, in the 333 Longwood 3rd Floor (ORL) Conference Room, lunch provided.  All levels are welcome!  

Getting Your Basic Research Funded
Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Thursday, November 14, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for basic science research.

Drawing Figures for Journals
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, November 19, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Efficiency & reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools & a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.

Writing for Scientific Publication
Speakers:  Majorie Beeghly, PhD; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH
Monday, December 2, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 5 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will cover the steps to successful publication and provide tips in overcoming problems, such as how to get started, criteria for authorship, writer's block, style choices, as well as ethical issues. The primary focus will be on authorship of clinical research papers although the principles are also applicable for basic science papers.

Managing Stress: Effective Strategies for Building Resilience at Work
Speaker: Lauren Mednick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the BCH Department of Psychiatry
Tuesday, December 3, 12 -1 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
The demands of working in our rapidly evolving healthcare system can be extremely stressful.  Although some stress is helpful in improving performance, too much stress can have negative effects.  In many situations, getting rid of stress is not a realistic goal, but changing how we manage and respond to it is. This workshop is designed to introduce clinicians to practical strategies that can be used to maintain personal resilience within the stressful work environment.  

Effective Negotiations

Speaker: Justin Neiman, HMS Ombuds Office
Monday, December 16, 12 - 1:30 PM, 333 Longwood 3rd Floor Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Wondering about how to best negotiate with the leaders in your division or department? For a successful career, join us for this interactive workshop on power differentials in the workplace and how to influence others effectively.

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants
Speakers:  Jean Emans, MD; Judith Fleming, PhD; Ellen Grant, MD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Tuesday, January 14, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to clarify the process for applying for BCH grants and other small grants available to junior faculty including fellows who will be promoted to HMS Instructor as of 7/1/20.

Promotion from Associate Professor to Professor
Speaker: Joelle Lomax, PhD, Program Director for Academic Affairs, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Tuesday, January 21, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will concentrate on outlining the criteria for areas of excellence pertaining to the HMS Professor level as well as some helpful tips on adapting the CV.

Difficult Conversations
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombuds Office
Tuesday, March 3, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop will help participants explore the challenges behind difficult conversations.  Why are some conversations so difficult to have?  What do we have control over that might either help or hinder our efforts to communicate productively?  And are there times when it’s best to forgo a conversation for another option? Or times when a conversation—no matter how challenging—is the only way to proceed?  Bring your challenging conversations—past, present and ones looming in the future—and a willingness to engage in this interactive session.

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Tuesday, March 17, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for clinical research.