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 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!

Summer and Fall 2014 Events - check for updates

To register, email

Luncheon and Career Development Orientation for New Faculty
Learn about programs and services that support your career in academic medicine
Tuesday, July 15, 12 - 1 PM, CHB Library’s Gamble Room, lunch provided
Greetings from: Sandra Fenwick, MPH, President and CEO; Kevin Churchwell, MD, EVP of Health Affairs and COO; S. Jean Emans, MD, Director of the Office of Faculty Development; August Cervini, Vice President, Research Administration; Alison Clapp, MLIS, Children’s Library Manager; David DeMaso, MD, Director, Office of Clinician Support; Judy Fleming, PhD, Associate Director, Translational Research Program; Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Director, The Academy at CHB; Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD, Director, Clinical Research Center (CRC); Mark Proctor, MD, President, Physician’s Organization; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Faculty Career and Family Network; Valerie Ward, MD, MPH, Diversity and Cultural Competency Council (DCCC) Faculty Director

Tips for Organizing Email Seminar
Speaker: Susan Kapopoulos of 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
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
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.

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
Tuesday, October 7, 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.

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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