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Office of Faculty Development

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Office of Faculty Development logoThe Office of Faculty Development's logo reflects the four components of the BCH 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 2015 - 2016 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 BCH 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 in 140 characters or less.

https://twitter.com/BCHFacultyDev


Fall 2015 Events - check for updates 
To register for any OFD workshop, please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu
 

Boston Children’s Hospital Women in Medicine and Science Month:
Medicine Grand Rounds - Ambulances, Epidemiology and the End of the Week
Speaker: Katrina Armstrong, MD, MSCE

Registration is not necessary to attend this event
Wednesday, September 16, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building
Dr. Armstrong, Chair and Physician-in-Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital’s  Department of Medicine and Jackson Professor of Medicine, HMS, will reflect on opportunities and challenges in academic medicine and life’s lessons.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Saturday, September 19, 1 – 4 PM, Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA
We will meet in the picnic area on the lawn at 1:00 PM:
just walk past the Orchard Store and look for the canopy
Directions to Orchard: http://www.westwardorchards.com/hours-directions/
Come spend a few hours apple-picking with colleagues and families in the Orchards and enjoy toddler/kid-antics, fresh air, and a countryside setting. Register by emailing ofd@childrens.harvard.edu with approximate number of adults and kids. There is no admission fee. The Office of Faculty Development will provide water; each family is responsible for other refreshments and apple purchases. Westward has a lunch menu from 11am to 3pm, with porch space and picnic tables available. Raindate: Sunday, September 20

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Speakers: Bethany Westlund, PhD, HMS Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs; Frederick Lovejoy, MD, William Berenberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics

Tuesday, September 29, 12- 1 PM, Library's Gamble 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.


Navigating Children's Organized Sports: Tips from BCH Sports Medicine Experts
Speakers: Dennis Borg, MS, ATC, CSCS, BCH Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention; Sharon Chirban, PhD, Sports Psychologist, BCH Sports Medicine
Wednesday, September 30, 10 – 11 AM, Farley 1 Classroom (133)
Are you thinking of enrolling your child in a sports program? Are you uncertain of what to expect or how to help your child have the best possible experience as a participant? This workshop will explore the ground floor of youth sports. Some of the issues discussed will involve: how to assess the prospective program and/or coaches; how to talk with your children about sports participation (winning, losing, etc); how to help your child prepare for a sports season and pre-conditioning; how to determine if your child prefers recreation or competition; pesky issues between teammates.  

Writing for Scientific Publication Workshop
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Marjorie Beeghly, PhD
Monday, October 5, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 7 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.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, October 20, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Learn the basics of digital image preparation. Understand how to prepare images in one application for use in other applications. Learn the proper resolution and file format for images to be inserted in presentations, publications, and grant submissions

Finding and Hiring a Nanny
Speaker: Marsha Epstein, President and Founder of the American Nanny Company
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room
Marsha Epstein will present strategies for finding the right nanny for your family and how to manage the employer-nanny relationship. Tips for successfully negotiating the complicated and emotional process of hiring a nanny will be discussed, as well as what to expect and how to organize your plans once a hiring decision has been made. Handouts on everything from interviewing, reference checking, and performance evaluation will be given to each participant.

Communication Styles
Speaker: Sarah Cardoza Duncan, Career Strategist
Tuesday, October 27, 12 – 1:30 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Want to have more productive and less stressful conversations?  This interactive workshop will teach participants how to identify their communication style, understand other communication styles, and learn to recognize the communication style of the person with whom you’re interacting.

Library Lunch Topics: 
The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money 
Speaker: the book's author, Ron Lieber
Thursday, October 29, 12 - 1 PM, Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Fellowship Training, and the Library
Ron Lieber, NY Times money columnist and Dad, outlines practical tips for  parents looking to instill the right values in their children as they learn to manage money.


Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor

Speaker: Carol Bates, MD, HMS Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Tuesday, November 3, 12 - 1 PM, Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
This workshop will focus on outlining the criteria for areas of excellence pertaining to the HMS Associate Professor level as well as tips on adapting the CV.

Tips for Organizing Email 
Speaker: Pam Kristan, KGA Associates
Thursday, November 12, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Do you have more than a screen full of emails in your Inbox? How about 100, 500, 1000, or more? Have some been there for weeks, months, or longer? You’re not alone. For many of us, email has become unmanageable. Learn special techniques to: use flags and folders to create tailored reminder and archive systems; identify quality information to streamline your Inbox; become a better sender; limit the time you spend on email. Lighten up your Inbox with this lively seminar.

Preparing an NIH and Foundation Budget
Speaker: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs

Tuesday, November 17, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room
The workshop is intended for Boston Children’s Hospital junior faculty, fellows, and support staff who are new to submitting grants and /or who want to learn more about procedures and resources at BCH. This workshop will explore pre-award resources, NIH and Foundation forms and guidelines, personnel and equipment allotments, justifications, and the submission process. This will be an interactive presentation and attendees are encouraged to bring their specific budget questions.

Getting Your K Award Funded: Constructing the Career Development Plan and Mentor's Statement
Speaker: Maria Kontaridis, PhD (BIDMC)
Tuesday, December 1, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to help junior faculty and fellows better navigate the K award application process with an emphasis on the Career Development Plan and the Mentor’s Statement.

Reliably Accessorize OnScreen PowerPoint Presentations
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, December 8, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Understand important concepts of presentation design to reliably display images. Minimize the risks associated with certain fonts & design templates. Learn to use PowerPoint to correctly to insert illustrations, charts & movies in a way that will enable you to present with confidence. Also master ways to use animation & make hyperlinks.

The Office of Faculty Development continues to sponsor free yoga classes taught by Jerel Calzo, PhD ( and certified yoga instructor), for BCH faculty, fellows, and staff. The classes are open to all who would like to practice yoga and all levels from beginners to advanced are welcome. Just bring a mat for the floor, wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a bottle of water; the room is set at a normal indoors temperature. Email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu to register.
Friday, September 4, 1:15 - 2:15 PM, Byers By Conference Room in the Enders Building
Friday, October 16, 1:15 - 2:15 PM, Byers B Conference Room in the Enders Building
Friday, November 20, 4 - 5 PM, Farley 133
Friday, December 11, 3 - 4 PM, Farley 133



The Spring 2015 issue of the OFD newsletter, Perspectives, has been postedclick on the link to the left

In this issue:
Children's Receives 3 HMS Mentoring Awards
David Satcher, MD, Addressed Health Disparities in 2015 Grand Rounds
Jean Emans, MD, Named Inaugural Recipient of the HMS Mary Ellen Avery Professorship
2015 BCH Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance
Venee Tubman, MD, Awarded an HMS DICP Faculty Fellowship
Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Appointed Director of the HMS Dept. of Bioinformatics
New HMS LGBT Office
BCH Academy for Innovation in Education 2015 Award Recipients
Relieving Stress at Children's
New Books Recommended by Alison Clapp, MLIS
May is Faculty Development Month
HMS Requirements for Documentation of Mentors, Career Conferences, and Teaching
Leisurely Learning - Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House


The Office of Faculty Development sponsors free yoga classes in May, June, and August; both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome to attend. To register, email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu
Jerel Calzo, PhD, is a developmental psychologist, Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Research Scientist in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. He is also a certified yoga instructor, registered with Yoga Alliance. Jerel practiced yoga for seven years before completing his yoga teacher training at South Boston Yoga. Just bring a mat/water bottle and wear comfortable exercise clothing.

Friday, May 22, 3:15 – 4:15 PM,  Byers B in the Enders Building
Friday, June 19, 3:15 - 4:15 PM,  Farley 1 Classroom (133)
Friday, August 14, 4 – 5 PM, Byers B in the Enders Building



The 2015 - 2016 OFD Overview of Faculty Development Resources is available online. The handbook includes information on our program, as well as other offices at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School that support faculty careers in both research and clinical areas. 

2015-16 OFD Overview of Faculty Development Resources


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

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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