The Office of Fellowship Training (OFT) was established at Boston Children's Hospital during the 2000-2001 academic year, and is presently in its fifteenth year of operation. The mission of the OFT is to enrich the Boston Children's Hospital fellowship experience by providing training in scientific writing (grants and manuscripts) career development workshops, networking opportunities and monthly social to provide a venue for interaction among research and clinical fellows across the hospital.
The OFT has assembled a curriculum that is designed to enrich the career development of fellows during their time at Children's Hospital, and prepare them for leadership positions in academia and industry, as well as other career within the sciences. All OFT programs are open to all Research and Clinical Postdoctoral Fellows. Fellowship is often the component of academic training in which one is the most isolated, within a department, division, or even a laboratory. Therefore, one of the most important goals of our events, in addition to providing training in areas not normally covered by divisional and departmental programs, is to provide venues for interaction among fellows from all departments. Increased interaction among fellows from different departments and divisions not only improves the training experience, but also gives each fellow a greater sense of belonging to Children's Hospital as an Institution. The OFT does not seek to replace the role of the division or department in establishing formal training programs for fellows, or overseeing the progress of research fellows.
The OFT maintains a distribution list of clinical and research fellows, with both internal and external e-mail addresses. We update this list on an annual basis according to the Children's Hospital Medical Registry. In addition, throughout the year, we encourage new fellows throughout the year to submit their e-mail address to our office. If you know someone who is not on this list and would like to be added, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our distribution list, we advertise events on the intranet and flat screens.
The Office of Fellowship Training is always open to new suggestions that can improve fellows' adjustment and career development. Please e-mail any ideas to email@example.com.
In addition, please contact us to let us know if holding events at non-traditional times, such as a Saturday morning, would make it possible for you to attend. Also, if there are particular topics that you would like to hear presented, please inform us.