Office of Faculty Development


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.

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


Fall 2018 Events -  please check for updates 

To register for any OFD workshop, please email


Office of Health Equity and Inclusion's Inaugural Pediatric Health Equity Educational Symposium:
“What is Health Equity and How Can We Promote Equitable Pediatric Healthcare?”

Wednesday, September 12, 12 – 4 PM, Folkman Auditorium in the Enders Building
Sponsored by: Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship, Office of Faculty Development

This inaugural symposium will include a keynote grand rounds lecture and breakout workshop sessions for attendees to learn about how all professionals are stakeholders in addressing pediatric healthcare disparities.

For more information, please contact


Faculty Peer Support Groups Introductory Lunch
Host: Sara Forman, MD
Thursday, September 20, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room
Attend this introductory session to learn about the OFD sponsored faculty peer support groups and to chat with current participants. The peer support groups, led by rotating faculty members, offer a comfortable environment to share a meal and discuss challenges and solutions in areas of career, family, and personal development.


Boston Children’s Hospital Women in Medicine and Science Month Grand Rounds:
Cancer Immunotherapy: The End of the Beginning

Speaker:  Laurie Glimcher, MD, President and CEO, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Wednesday, September 26, 12 -1 PM, Folkman Auditorium

Registration is not necessary to attend this event

Dr. Glimcher’s talk will provide an introduction and overview of cancer immunotherapy, the ER Stress Response, and a summary of the function of the IRE1/XBP1 arm of the ER Stress Response in both the tumor and in controlling immune responses in the tumor microenvironment.

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor

Speakers: Jonathan Matsui, PhD; Senior Program Director, Faculty Promotions, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs;
Frederick H. Lovejoy, Jr., MD, William Berenberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics


Thursday, September 27, 12 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, the areas of excellence, and CV preparation.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Sunday, September 30, 1 – 4 PM, Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA
178 Mass Ave., Harvard, Massachusetts

Host: Alicia Casey, MD
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.

Click on the “Get Directions” link:

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.


Research, Medical Education, and Program Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, October 16, 12 – 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium
Sponsors: Sandra Fenwick, MPH, President and CEO; Kevin Churchwell, MD, Executive Vice-President of Health Affairs and COO; David Williams, MD, Chief Scientific Officer; Jean Emans, MD, OFD Director; and Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Chief Medical Education Officer
Presentation of Awards by Sandra Fenwick


Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor

Tuesday, October 30, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room

Speaker: Bethany Westlund, PhD, HMS Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, the areas of excellence, and CV preparation.