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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 2014 - 2015 and are now available 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.

See "Fellowships and Opportunities" webpage for list of 2014 OFD/RRRC/CTREC Career Development Fellowship recipients!

Fall 2014 Events - check for updates

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Tips for Organizing Email Seminar
Speaker: Pam Kristan, KGA Associates
Tuesday, September 9, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 11 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored with 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.

Boston Children’s Hospital Women in Medicine and Science Month: Medicine Grand Rounds - Clinical Care of Circumcised Girls and Women
Speaker: Nawal Nour, MD, MPH

Wednesday, September 10, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium, registration is not necessary for this event
Nawal Nour, MD, MPH, Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice and African Women’s Health Center, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and HMS and a 2003 MacArthur (“genius grant”) Foundation Fellow will speak on her global health and local work, including progress in education about female genital cutting (FGC) as it relates to the patient experience.

Faculty Career and Family Network: Fall Introductory Luncheon
Hosts: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, and Alicia Casey, MD 

Monday, September 15, 12 - 1 PM, Farley 1 Classroom (133), lunch provided  
Please attend this introductory session to learn about upcoming work-family events, including the 9/21 Fall Apple-Picking Expedition, and help brainstorm on possible topics for work-family seminars.
All faculty who are interested in discussing the joys and challenges of having a family and a career are invited.

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor including longer service criteria
Speaker: Jonathan Matsui, PhD, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs

Tuesday, September 16, 12- 1 PM, Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, its areas of excellence, and CV preparation.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Thursday, September 18, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored with 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

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Sunday, September 21, 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:
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 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.

Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor
Speaker: Bethany Westlund, PhD, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs

Tuesday, October 14, 12 - 1 PM, Enders Seminar 1, 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.

Getting Your K Award Funded: Constructing the Career Development Plan and Mentor's Statement
Speaker: Maria Kontaridis, PhD (BIDMC)
Tuesday, October 21, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored with 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.

Library Lunch Topics 
Speaker and Author: Dennis Rosen, MD - Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients
Tuesday, October 28, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room
Co-sponsored with the Library and the Office of Fellowship Training
Dr. Rosen's new book focuses on communication in the doctor-patient relationship. Ineffective communication creates both higher cost and less optimal  outcomes.  Dr. Rosen will discuss specific ways to build strong communication skills in increasingly diverse cultural environments.

Writing for Scientific Publication
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Marjorie Beeghly, PhD
Friday, October 31, 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.

Reliably Accessorized PowerPoint Presentations
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Monday, November 3, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored with 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.

2014 BCH Fellowship, Research, and Program Awards Celebration
Hosts: Sandra Fenwick, President and CEO; S. Jean Emans, MD, Director of the Office of Faculty Development Research Updates: Leslie Benson, MD, Instructor in Neurology; Alejandro Gutierrez, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology
Tuesday, November 4, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium, lunch provided
The Office of Faculty Development invites the BCH community to a special celebration to honor the recipients of the 2014 Boston Children’s Hospital Fellowship, Research, and Program Awards.  

Productive Conflict Resolution 
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS/HSDM/HSPH Ombuds Office
Cosponsored with the Office of Fellowship Training
Part 1: Friday, November 7, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Part 2: Tuesday, December 2, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
We’ll examine what you bring to conflict situations that may help or hinder them, some skills for handling conflicts when they arise and additional resources available to support you in finding resolutions that work for everyone. The 2nd session will focus on solutions.

Bringing Your CV Up-to-Date
Speaker: Bethany Westlund, PhD, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Monday, November 17, 12 – 1 PM, Farley 1 Classroom (Farley 133)
Learn how to adapt your CV as your career grows and your reputation broadens.

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

Tuesday, November 18, 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.

Building Your Team and Managing People Seminar
Speakers: Alan Paret, MBA, Senior Learning Development Specialist; Chris Newell, PsyD, Director, Learning and Development; Ellen Rothstein, JD, Associate General Counsel; Joanne Doherty, MS, HR Director; Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombudsperson; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Monday, December 1, 9 - 2 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, breakfast and lunch provided
Co-sponsored with the Office of Fellowship Training, Human Resources, and the Office of General Counsel
Successful basic science and clinical research projects require a proficient team. If you are a PI or an aspiring leader, come learn about hiring, supervising, and managing your staff.

The 2014 - 2015 OFD Overview of Faculty Development Resources is now 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.
2014-15 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

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