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Office of Faculty Development

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The Office of Faculty Development's logo reflects the four components of the Boston Children's Hospital's 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 2017 - 2018 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 Boston Children's Hospital 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.

https://twitter.com/BCHFacultyDev

Winter – Spring 2018 Events -  please check for updates 

To register for any OFD workshop, please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu 

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants 
Speakers:  Jean Emans, MD; Judith Fleming, PhD; Ellen Grant, MD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Tuesday, January 2, 12 – 1 PM, Fegan 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to clarify the process for applying for BCH grants and other small grants available to junior faculty including fellows who will be promoted to HMS Instructor as of 7/1/18.
 
Negotiating Up
Speaker:  Melissa Brodrick, HMS Ombuds Office
Monday, January 8, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Wondering about how to best negotiate with the leaders in your division or department? For a successful career, join us for this interactive workshop on power differentials in the workplace and how to influence others effectively.

Promotion to Professor
Speaker: Bethany Westlund, PhD, HMS Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs           
Tuesday, Jan 9, 12 -1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided                   
This workshop will concentrate on outlining the criteria for areas of excellence pertaining to the HMS Professor level as well as some helpful tips on adapting the CV.
 
Drawing Figures for Journals
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Imaging & Desktop Computing Support
Tuesday, January 16, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training 
Efficiency & reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools & a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.

Harnessing the Power of Photoshop
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, February 6, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Learn to create and use actions and droplets to minimize repetitive tasks. Find out how you can easily create actions and droplets to batch process images that need reformatting, resizing or other uniform adjustments.

Getting Your Basic Research Funded

Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Tuesday, February 13, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for basic research

Applying for Foundation Funds Incorporating Pivot
Speaker: Lisa Kaufman, Assistant VP, Foundation Relations, CH Trust
Tuesday, March 6, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Learn how the BCH Trust Foundation Relations Team can help BCH researchers get a competitive edge. Join us for an introduction to the services The Trust provides to faculty seeking philanthropic Foundation support.  Most of the session will focus on a powerful tool called COS Pivot -- a free, comprehensive database of funding opportunities which offers a new way of exploring funding prospects and managing the solicitation process.

Poster-Making for Large Format Printers
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Imaging & Desktop Computing Support
Tuesday, April 10, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Develop proper techniques for an efficient & pain-free way to construct posters. Maximize your message with images, illustrations & text by using PowerPoint & Photoshop to create large format documents that print properly.

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Tuesday, April 24, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for clinical research.

How to Plan a Productive Annual Career Conference
Speakers: Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH, Professor of Otology and Laryngology
Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Education Officer
Moderator: Jean Emans, MD, Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics and Director, OFD
Tuesday, May 22, 12 to 1 PM, Karp 11 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will introduce you to the OFD Career Conference Form, how you can prepare responses/questions in advance of the meeting, and tips for interacting with your chair/mentor

The Spring 2017 issue of the Office of Faculty Development newsletter, Perspectives, has been postedclick on the Faculty Resources link to the left to open the Perspectives page.
In this issue:

2017 Black History Month Observance
2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program
DCCC Grand Rounds: Caring for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients
2017 BCH Faculty Partnership/Conexión Leadership Program Participants
Dr. Elizabeth Rider Awarded 2016 Platinum Medal for Excellence
Dr. Louis Kunkel Honored by the CureDuchenne Organization
Dr. Edie Weller Appointed Boston Children's Hospital Director of Biostatistics
News from the Boston Children's Hospital Library  - by Meaghan Muir, MLIS
May is Faculty Development Month
Dr. Catherine Brownstein Receives 2017 HMS DICP Faculty Fellowship
De-Stressing Techniques from Rana Chudnofsky, MGH Benson-Henry Institute 
Harvard Longwood WorkLife Programs
HMS and Boston Children Leadership Programs


The 2017- 2018 Office of Faculty Development 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. 
2017-2018 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

Select Open Faculty Positions at BCH:
The Departments of Cardiology at Boston Children's Hospital and Genetics at Harvard Medical School are jointly recruiting for an investigator at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics - see information here



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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