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Work and Benefits

Helpful Links:

Boston Children's Hospital Human Resources Department
(Note: This link leads to a page within Children's internal Web site.)
Benefits for Research Fellows (link to PDF)
Benefits for Clinical Fellows (link to PDF)
Employee Benefits and Services Guide

Page Contents:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Office of Clinical Support (OCS)
Human Resources Consultant
Health Insurance
Harvard Formatted CV
English as a Second Language Courses
Legal Assistance
Daycare Options and Lactation Support



Boston Children's Hospital has three no-cost alternatives for employees who need counseling including the areas of work, family, home, personal, and financial assistance. They are the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), the Office of Clinical Support (OCS) and the Human Resources Consultant.

We at the Office of Fellowship Training strongly encourage all fellows to take advantage of these services, as everyone needs support and if you find yourself in a situation in which you need guidance, it's better to address it sooner rather than later.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Children's Hospital Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a positive and preventive program designed to help employees and household members deal with concerns ranging from everyday stress to life threatening illness. Kathleen Greer Associates (KGA, Inc.) provides research, referral and consultation to all employees (and their household members) who are benefits-eligible. In addition to the EAP, they provide training, coaching, consulting, and wellness programs. The EAP includes consultation and resources for managers, supervisors and human resources professionals as well as a variety of training programs and wellness services.

They are reachable for free, confidential counseling and consultation, for employees and their household members (even if not related), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 508-879-2093 or 1-800-648-9557 or via e-mail. Their web site, KGA, Inc. , is accessible to Children's employees and their household members, with username chb and password 9557. You can also access thousands of articles, tip sheets, self-assessments, and on-line learning opportunities on the web site.


  Office of Clinician Support (OCS)

The Office of Clinician Support (OCS) provides a safe, alternative communication channel for anyone who does clinical work with patients. This no-cost program assists clinicians with any problem they may be having, whether it be work-related or personal. The OCS provides a safe forum in which to voice concerns, evaluate situations, organize thoughts, assess feelings, and decide what is important according to a clinician's specific circumstances. Confidentiality of all parties is closely respected and information is shared only in unusual circumstances. Support is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day through the hospital's page operator. To make an appointment during business hours, call x5-6705, or e-mail  Christina Nikitopoulos, EdM. You can be seen at a conveniently arranged time, usually within 24-48 hours, for 1-3 sessions at no cost. Referrals are made for ongoing support (for co-payments).


  Human Resources Consultant

Sanchita Sengupta
Phone Number: x8-3036
Office Location: Enders Building, 2nd Floor, Room Number 240 


Harvard Medical School also offers a no-cost resource:


Ombudsperson, Melissa Brodrick, is available for discussion. This is her contact information:
Melissa Brodrick
164 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617 432-4040 (confidential phone)
617 432-0586 (confidential fax)
617 432-4041 (assistant)
E-mail: Melissa Brodrick

Ombuds presentation

L-R: Michael Chen, Melissa Brodrick and Damon Anderson at the September 2011 Ombuds Presentation for National Postdoc Appreciation Week

The Harvard Medical School Ombuds Office has offered to post slides on our web site: NEGOTIATION SKILLS, Harvard Medical School, October 11, 2006


  Health Insurance 


Two alternative options for health insurance, for those postdoctoral research fellows who are not paid through Boston Children's Hospital, and therefore are not eligible to get benefits through Children's Hospital:

  1. Health insurance through Harvard University 
  2. The following information is for Sustaining Members only, not individual postdocs. The institution would have to work with Garnett-Powers to establish an agreement for coverage of their postdocs. Please contact the Office of Fellowship Training if you have the need for such a program. If there is enough interest, the OFT will look into making an agreement for the coverage of postdocs.
  • Garnett-Powers & Associates also offers benefit plans for Visiting Scholars. Most campuses have Visiting Scholars or Visiting Academics, spending anywhere from one month to more than a year, contributing to the host campus' intellectual and research endeavors. While the Visiting Scholar is in the United States, they must maintain a minimum amount of medical insurance to satisfy the J1 Visa requirement. Though many Visiting Scholars do bring sufficient medical insurance coverage for their stay from their home country, many do not, and consequently are required to purchase insurance for themselves and their family members. GPA offers Visiting Scholar benefit plans at competitive pricing. Domestic Scholars may participate in these plans as well. (Please contact Steve Johnson at GPA for further information at 1-877-559-9922 ext. 403).


Harvard Formatted CV

Learn how to create a Harvard formatted CV with the Harvard Medical Intranet site After getting into the Harvard Medical Intranet site, click on the following:
XV. Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography Format for all Faculty
Part I: General Information
Part II: Research, Teaching and Clinical Contributions
Part III: Bibliography
Please note that now the Boston Children's Hospital Registrar's office requires that the CV's be formatted with month and year.


   English as a Second Language Courses 

Each semester the Office of Fellowship Training sponsors 20 postdoctoral research fellows to take ESL courses. Most attend for two semesters, although they can attend unless there are new fellows wishing to join. Prospective students are assessed to determine their level, and there are five levels at any given time.

Classes are generally paid in full for postdocs by the Office of Fellowship Training (OFT). (No cost to PI.) The OFT does not pay for any lab members other than postdocs. Participants usually stay for two semesters, although if space allows, the OFT can pay for an additional semester. If a PI wants to send a postdoc longer, but space does not allow, this could be done at the PI's expense ($350 per individual per semester).

Participants generally take two hours of class (5-7pm) plus one hour of language lab (at a flexible time) per week. The curriculum for class includes development of communication skills with focus on the workplace, U.S. culture and culture differences, and news and current events. In addition to conversation, some attention is also given to reading and some grammar points. The language lab is composed of computer-based listening programs and also aids with writing (letters, journals, e-mail), as well as identifying grammar needs. Two teachers staff the language lab and assistance is individualized and on a drop-in basis. A list of web sites for learning resources is also provided to participants.

The class format primarily focuses on verbal skills (conversation, work on pronunciation and idiomatic expressions, presentations and critique by the teacher, oneself, and the group), and there is an additional hour per week of language lab. In 2008 extra training was made available at no additional charge: 1 hour conversation lunch hour, 1 hour pronunciation for certain language groups, and 1 hour writing lab. This brings the number of hours per week available for participants' language instruction is six (6). Students self-evaluate themselves at the end of the course, thereby noting where improvement is needed. The class + language lab is 33 hours (11 weeks), although if you take advantage of the "extras," you receive 66 hours of instruction.

Levels are "high beginner," "intermediate," "high intermediate," and "advanced." Once learners are placed in a class, they generally do not move to another one, but prefer to stay with their initial "cohort," as a comfort level is developed.

In order for a research fellow to participate, s/he must be recommended to the Office of Fellowship Training by his or her PI. Contact information: Office of Fellowship Training .



Employee Computer Discounts
Boston Children's Hospital's Human Resources has established an employee discount purchase program with Dell Computer. For more information, see Dell's web site. Also, employees are eligible for discounts on some Apple products. Visit our internal page for Purchasing Advice.

Harvard University has partnered with GovConnection to extend their discount on computers to all Harvard community members. Information can be viewed at Harvard University Information Systems. Click on GovConnection. You can become a member of GovConnection by enrolling online.

If you are a student, fellow, faculty or staff member who would like online access for personal purchases please call 800-998-0080 to obtain a faculty username and password.

Click here for product advice from a research fellow.

BCBS reimbursement for joining the YMCA, Curves, and other fitness programs
Blue Cross Blue Shield offers its members up to $150 in reimbursement for membership or exercise classes at a health club, including the YMCA or Curves. The facility you choose must have a vast array of cardiovascular and strength-training exercise equipment, such as traditional health clubs, Ys, and JCCs. Fees paid for attending aerobics/fitness classes at a qualified health club without an annual membership will also be covered, but make sure you get full documentation from the club. For more information, check out the Blue Cross Blue Shield web site or call 1-800-241-1263.

Auto Insurance Discounts

There are two ways for CHB benefits-eligible employees to get a discount on auto insurance:

  1. Group Automobile Insurance (see Employee Benefits and Services Guide, above link, p. 23): You may purchase your automobile insurance at group rates. This program is offered through MetLife and you will pay any premiums through regular payroll deductions. For details, contact MetLife at 1-800-438-6388. You may enroll in this plan anytime.
  2. If you have a car and take the T to work, get a letter from the Parking Office saying that you are enrolled in the payroll deduction MBTA plan, so you can get a 5% discount on your auto insurance

Working Advantage Discounts
Working Advantage offers discounts for theme parks, hotels, restaurants, theatre, and gifts.


 Legal Assistance 

While Children's Hospital General Counsel cannot provide legal counsel to CHB employees, there is reference material on their web site for Boston Children's Hospital employees who wish to consult. Go to Children's Hospital Consulting Resources. (Note: This link leads to a page within Children's internal Web site.)

Notaries at Boston Children's Hospital
Anne Vaccaro (x5-5186) and Elayne Fournier (x5-8241) in the Department of Medicine are notaries who have offered to have their names posted on the Office of Fellowship Training web site. Please call before coming over to see if they are in their office.


  Daycare Options and Lactation Support

group photo

From Left to Right: Anya Anderson, MA, Center Director, Bright Horizons at Landmark; Nan Maley, RN, KGA Employee Assistance Program; Barbara Siegel, BA, MA, CEO, Parents in a Pinch; Kimberly H. Barbas, BSN, RN, IBCLC, Coordinator, Lactation Support Program, Children’s Hospital Boston

The Office of Fellowship Training offered a panel presentation regarding the daycare options and lactation support provided at CHB on 7/25/11.

Follow these links for more information:

KGA Employee Assistance Program (internal link)

Parents in a Pinch (internal link)

Bright Horizons (internal link)

CHB Lactation Support Assistance Program

Barbara Wolf of the Harvard Office of Work and Family has established and manages 8 mother's rooms at HMS and HSPH

Location of Lactation Rooms at Childrens; from Kim Barbas, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Support Program

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO