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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.

Fall 2015 Events - check for updates 
To register for any OFD workshop, please email

Boston Children’s Hospital Women in Medicine and Science Month:
Medicine Grand Rounds - Coming to Peace with Uncertainty, Again
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 discuss the relationship between advances in clinical decision making over the last 30 years and our quest to eliminate uncertainty in medicine.

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:
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. Raindate: Sunday, September 20

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor including longer service criteria
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, Karp 8 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. 

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, CLS 12 Conference Room (NEW LOCATION), 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

Speakers: Carol Bates, MD, HMS Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs; Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology
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.

2015 Research Awards Ceremony Honoring the Recipients of the 2015 Boston Children’s Hospital Fellowships, Research, and Program Awards
 Sandra Fenwick, President and CEO; Jean Emans, Director of the Office of Faculty Development
Friday, November 13, 12 –1:00 PM, Folkman Auditorium (Enders Building), lunch provided
Guest Speakers:
Alyna Chien, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
OFD/RRRC/CTREC Faculty Career Development Award Recipient 2012
Topic: Improving Pediatric Risk Adjustment Algorithms
Suneet Agarwal, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology
OFD/RRRC/CTREC Faculty Career Development Award Recipient 2013
Topic: Manipulating Heteroplasmy in Mitochondrial Genetic Disorders

Preparing an NIH and Foundation Budget
Speaker: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Tuesday, November 17, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
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.

2015 Mentoring Course: Enhancing Mentoring Relationships through a Mutual Understanding of Unconscious Bias: A Faculty Development Course for Mentors
Sponsored by:
CHADD: Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Offices for Faculty Development and Diversity; the Harvard Catalyst – the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center

When: Friday, November 20, 2015, 9 AM – 12 Noon; networking lunch to follow (optional)
Location: Harvard Medical School; Warehouse Room, Gordon Hall at 25 Shattuck Street
Keynote: Robbin Chapman, PhD, Associate Provost and Academic Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Wellesley College 

RSVP by Friday, October 23 at this registration link
For more information: or 617-432-1083

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, lunch provided
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.

Leadership in Research: Building Your Team and Managing People 
Speakers: Melissa Brodrick, MEd; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; Chris Newell, PsyD; Alan Paret, MBA; Ellen Rothstein, JD; Sanchita Sengupta, MPH; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH
Monday, December 7, 9:00 to 2:00 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, breakfast and lunch provided 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, 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.

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.

Harvard Catalyst Overview 2015
Speaker: Carol Martin, MPA, Program Manager, Harvard Catalyst
Friday, December 11, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
Find out about networks, innovation, funding, technical resources, educational training opportunities, classes and partnerships through navigating the Catalyst website. This workshop will provide guidance in utilizing Catalyst tools and partner institution resources so you can effectively, and efficiently connect to the clinical and translational research community including HMS and the other 59 NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Centers. Bring your laptop or IPad for an up-close and personal hands-on experience!

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 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, 1 Autumn Street - Conference Room 7 (basement)
Friday, December 11, 3 - 4 PM, Farley 133

The Fall 2015 issue of the OFD newsletter, Perspectives, has been postedclick on the link to the left
In this issue:
Women in Medicine Month Grand Rounds
Jeffrey Burns, MD, MPH, Named Executive Chair of BCH International Health Services
Beth Stevens, PhD, Receives 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant
Congratulations to John Mulliken, MD
Alan Cohen, MD, Named President-Elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons
Alison Clapp, MLIS, Children’s Librarian, Retires after 24 Years
Please Welcome Our New Librarian, Meaghan Muir, MLIS
Fred Alt, PhD, Awarded 2015 Szent-Gyorgyi Prize
Ruth Ann Vleugels, MD, Receives 2015 HMS Donald O’Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching
Finance Tips and Book Review by Maxine Milstein, MBA
Register Now: December 7 Leadership in Research Seminar
Congratulations to 2015 OFD Faculty Career Development Fellowship Recipients
2015  Apple-Picking Expedition
Leisurely Learning - Guild of Boston Artists

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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