Office of Fellowship Training Program Offerings

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Orientation
OFT New Fellows' Orientation

Career and Professional Skills Development
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Building Your Team & Managing Your People
Funding Your Research
How to Have a Successful Fellowship
3-Part Career Development
Communication Workshop
Leadership Discussion Series
Five-Part Leadership Series
Managing Your Brand
Public Speaking

Improving Scientific Writing and Presentations
Imaging Seminars
Job Talk Practices
Scientific Writing
  • Basic
  • Advanced Course for Clinical Research
  • Advanced Course for Basic Research

Research Seminars
Dr. M. Judah Folkman Research Day
Science Shaping Our World (SHOW)

Social Events
Fellows' Pizza Social
International Day

Postdoc Appreciation

Fellows' Appreciation Dinner
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OFT New Fellows' Orientation
This optional fellows' orientation focuses on the questions that fellows have when they first arrive at Children's Hospital, such as:
  • Do you know how and when to choose a health plan for you and your family?
  •  Do you need information on accessing articles using the Children's Hospital Library or Countway?
  • Are you wondering what training you must take - Lab safety training, IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) orientation training?
  • Are you unsure about occupational health screening requirements?
  • Do you seek answers about your positive tuberculosis test?
  • Do you need information on high quality childcare for less?
  • Do you wonder how to get discount tickets?
This event is held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.
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English as a Second Language (ESL)
 
Each semester the Office of Fellowship Training sponsors 20 postdoctoral research fellows to take ESL courses. 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 ($400 per individual per 11-week 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. 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. 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.
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Building Your Team & Managing Your People

Topics:
  • Leadership for the Researcher I: team Building, feedback and coaching
  • Leadership for the Researcher II: interviewing and hiring the right team - (RAs and postdocs)
  • Performance Review – What am I expected to do for HR?
  • Legal Issues
  • Challenging Cases in the Workplace
  • Managing Your Lab: Key Steps
  • Managing your Clinical Research Project Team and Meeting your Timelines
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Funding Your Research

  • Basic
    This seminar is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for basic research.
  • Clinical
    This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and faculty to get their clinical research funded. It focuses on the research plan and administrative sections of the NIH K08 (Mentored Clinical Scientist Development) and K23 (Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development) awards.
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How to Have a Successful Fellowship
This seminar gives the "nuts and bolts" of what you need to have a successful fellowship. Areas covered include: the importance of networking, the importance of seeking multiple mentors and collaborators across disciplines, effective grantwriting and publishing, and attaining your next position.
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3-Part Career Development
Communication, presentation, networking, and relationship building are key professional development skills that are essential to develop and cultivate. The OFT is pleased to offer a 3-part Career Development Series geared towards developing and cultivating these skills. Leading our special 3-part Career Development Series will be Sarah Cardozo Duncan. Sarah is a career strategist with an established national and international client base. Sarah draws upon over twenty years of recruitment and career development experience to help clients define new or existing career paths, or to help them navigate successfully within their current companies. Sarah will present the key professional development building blocks below over our three part professional development workshop:
  • Session 1: Identifying and assessing your assets/capabilities
  • Session 2: Developing your professional presentation and networking tool box
  • Session 3: Cultivating relationships toward opportunity building
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Communication Workshop
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Leadership Discussion Series

This series was conceived by Aruna Ramachandran, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Urology and a graduate of the Fellows’ Five-Part Leadership Training Series, led by Alan Paret, Senior Leadership Development Specialist, Learning and Development, Boston Children's Hospital. Each month, Aruna and Alan select a fellow and coach them to develop a presentation in an area of leadership development for the fellows. The session is open to all who are interested and provides a forum for reading and discussing a leadership topic in-depth with peers.
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Five-Part Leadership Series

The goal of the Five-Part Leadership Training Program is to provide postdoctoral research fellows and clinical fellows skills to excel in leadership positions in academia or industry. The objectives of the series are to advance leadership skills, develop people skills, improve communication skills, and uncover coaching skills, for fellows who plan to start up a lab or work in a clinic. Alan Paret, MBA, Senior Leadership Development Specialist, Learning and Development, Boston Children's Hospital, has designed a leadership series which incorporates instructors from various leadership perspectives, for a maximum of 16 fellows who can make a commitment to all five sessions.
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Managing Your Brand
In today’s Social Media-conscious world, you now have a new responsibility – managing your reputation, both online and in real life. Your personal brand is both all about who you are and what you want to be known for. Attend this session to gain some tips and insights on how to build and manage your brand in today’s media-savvy world.
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Public Speaking
Alan Paret, Senior Leadership Development Specialist, Learning and Development, Boston Children's Hospital, teaches a 3-hour one-time public speaking (hands-on, participatory) class. The class gives tips and also gives participants a chance to practice speaking via a series of exercises. This is optimal for someone who has an upcoming presentation that they wish to polish. There are only 10 slots available and the Office of Fellowship Training (OFT) suggests that managers (Department Chairs/Division Chiefs/PI's) nominate participants.
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Imaging Seminars
This three-part seminar is led by Beth Beighlie, Digital Imaging Coordinator, Research Imaging Solutions, Harvard Medical School. Research Imaging Solutions (RIS) workshops and seminars are based on the unique ways that researchers use proprietary scientific applications, Microsoft Office and a variety graphics programs to create, acquire and edit images that are included in grant applications, journal articles and presentations to the scientific community. Imaging Made Easy Lunchtime Seminars cover topics including poster making, proper PowerPoint techniques and Photoshop tricks. Beth Beighlie has been creating images at Harvard Medical School since 1987. Over the years she has worked as a photographer, imaging instructor and medical and scientific illustrator. She is currently doing Desktop Computer Support at the School of Dental Medicine and Research Imaging Support for the Dental & Medical Schools, as well as their affiliated institutions. Beth is also a regular columnist for the medical and scientific imaging quarterly magazine, Digital Insights.
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Job Talk Practices

The Office of Fellowship Training offers fellows the opportunity to practice their "job talk" to a faculty audience and receive critiques from those faculty. Fellows who have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past have found it to be very useful in preparing for upcoming job searches. Fellows present their job talk to 2-3 faculty members and an audience of their peers. Afterwards, the faculty critique the presentation, acknowledging positive aspects and suggesting areas that might benefit from changes.

To initiate the scheduling of your presentation, please email the OFT including:
  • CV
  • Research Statement
  • Several available dates/times
  • List of any faculty you would like to have attend (we will make our best effort to schedule your preferred faculty)
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Scientific Writing
  • Basic
    This course will introduce fellows to current Scientific Writing techniques and conventions for publication submission. Curriculum & Expected Outcome
    Participants will receive guidance in writing the sections of a scientific paper, including an Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion. The course will also address such aspects of scientific language as clarity, concision, level of formality, and correct use of terminology. Through application and practice, participants can use these tools for writing effective papers in the future. By the end of the course, participants should have in hand, a good working draft of a research report.
    Course Design
    Students will attend four 110-minute classes over 5 weeks. Participants will have one-two individual meeting with the instructor at mutually convenient times during the five weeks of the course. Participants will receive written feedback on their assignments, and e-mail access to the instructor for questions or brief discussion.

    Self-Nomination (required)

    Please CC your PI or Department Head in your nomination. The Office of Fellowship Training is dedicating significant resources to this course and enrollment will be limited to 10 fellows per session. It is essential that the fellows who are enrolled are committed to attending all four sessions. Optimal candidates will be those who have a rough or first draft of a manuscript in hand, that can serve as their "homework," to be developed throughout the course. In your one-paragraph nomination, please include reasons for wanting to enroll in the course, appointment and department, PI and career stage, as well as any other pertinent information.
    Assignments
    Due prior to 1st session: Introduction (about three pages) by e-mail and due as hard copy at the first class meeting.
    Due at 2nd session: Material & Methods and Results, text and illustrations
    Due at 3rd session: Discussion, Abstract, and revised Introduction
    Due at 4th session: Cover letter and Revised Abstract
  • Advanced Class for Clinical Research
    This course is for Boston Children’s Hospital fellows in the last year or near completion of their fellowship. It is open to both Research and Clinical Fellows. Participants should have prior experience with scientific writing and good command of written and spoken English.
    Curriculum and Expected Outcome
    Participants will receive guidance on organization of papers, reader expectations, making effective visual material (figures and tables) and figure legends, working with statistical data, writing a cover letter, submitting a manuscript for publication, dealing with editors, responding to reviewers, and other aspects of publication. Students will be given four clinical papers to read at the beginning of the course. At each class meeting, one section (e.g., Introduction) of all four papers will be discussed. A presentation by the instructor will be followed by work on an observations, and a small group discussion.
    Course Design
    Students will attend four 120-minute classes over four weeks. Individual meetings will be scheduled with the instructors. Participants will receive written feedback on their assignments, and e-mail access to the instructor for questions or brief discussion.
    Self-Nomination (required
    Please CC your PI or Department Head in your nomination. The Office of Fellowship Training is dedicating significant resources to this course and enrollment will be limited. It is essential that the fellows who are enrolled are committed to attending all four sessions. In your one-paragraph nomination, please include: reasons for wanting to enroll in the course appointment and department PI and career stage any other pertinent information.
  • Advanced Class for Basic Research
    The advanced course in scientific writing for basic and translational research is for Children’s Hospital fellows in the last year or near completion of their fellowship. This course is open to both Research and Clinical Fellows. Participants should have prior experience with scientific writing and good command of written and spoken English. This course will emphasize the form and style of scientific writing. Published articles will be discussed with regard to quality of the written presentation of scientific methods and results. This is NOT a course on the critical evaluation of the scientific content of a paper. There may also be the opportunity to critique participants’ own drafts or manuscripts.
    Course Design
    Students will attend four 120-minute classes over four weeks. One session of the course will be devoted to peer review and publication.
    Overall structure of the paper, Title, Abstract, Introduction. W
    Second session: Material and Methods, Results, figures, tables.
    Third session: Discussion: the writing of argument.
    Fourth session: Peer review: submission, responding to comments, writing comments as a reviewer.

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Dr. M. Judah Folkman Research Day
On the 9th annual Research Day at Boston Children's Hospital (2008) Research Day was named in memory of Dr. M. Judah Folkman, who passed away on January 14, 2008. Dr. Folkman, former Director of the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children's Hospital, provided a beacon of light in pediatric surgery, vascular biology, angiogenesis, and cancer research. Each year over 100 basic science and clinical research residents, fellows, and instructors submit abstracts, with submissions from over 25 departments at Children's, ranging in topic from "Upregulation of VEGFR-1 Prevents Adaptive Capillary Growth in Hypertrophied Myocardium" to "Risks, Trends, and Outcomes among Pregnant Adolescents and Young Adults," some of which are selected for oral presentation, and all of which are selected for poster presentation. Research Day comprises an entire day. Everyone is invited to attend and there is no charge to do so.
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Science Shaping Our World (SHOW)

SHOW is an ongoing seminar and networking series that highlights cutting edge translational life science research and development. SHOW's mission is to provide a stage for researchers that are at the cutting edge of life science innovation and translation whereby they can share their work and discuss its future application potential in a non-conventional setting. Further, through SHOW we seek to draw together a multidisciplinary audience spanning multiple sectors from both academia and industry where they can gain exposure and insight into the life science advancements poised to change our world.

These events are co-sponsored by the OFT
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Fellows' Pizza Social
The monthly pizza social gives fellows an opportunity to meet postdoctoral research fellows and clinical fellows from across the hospital in a social setting.
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International Day
The Office of Fellowship Training (OFT) at Boston Children's Hospital co-sponsors this event with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to bring the cultures of our two hospitals together for an extravaganza of food, performance and prizes.
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Fellows' Appreciation Dinner
In recognition of the fine work done by Fellows at Children's Hospital, the Office of Fellowship Training invites Children's Hospital fellows to a dinner in conjunction with Children's Hospital Dr. M. Judah Folkman Research Day. This is usually a topic that is not covered during the academic year – something that incorporates the history of medicine or social or public health aspects of medicine.
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Special Events for National Postdoc Appreciation Week

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week culminated in the passage of H.RES. 1545 on September 24, 2010 by the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution nationally recognized National Postdoc Appreciation Week.
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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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