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 2018 - 2019 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 https://twitter.com/BCHFacultyDev

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

Office of Faculty Development Receives HMS PACEM Award
The Office of Faculty Development received the 2017 Program Award for a Culture of Excellence in Mentoring (PACEM) from the HMS Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership. The PACEM was established to recognize efforts to foster innovation and sustainability in mentoring. The OFD was recognized for its Developmental Networks initiative, based on the work of Kathy Kram, PhD (Boston University Questrom School of Business). For more information on Developmental Networks go to the Community of Mentors link.

Office of Faculty Development 2018-19 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

Fall 2018 - Winter/Spring 2019 Events - please check for updates
To register for any OFD workshop, please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu

Drawing Figures for Journals

Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Imaging & Desktop Computing Support
Tuesday, November 27, 12:15 - 1:15 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Efficiency and reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools and a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.

Preparing an NIH and Foundation Budget
Speaker: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Thursday, November 29, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop is intended for Boston Children’s Hospital junior faculty, fellows, and support staff who are new to submitting grants and /or who want to learn more about procedures and resources at BCH. This workshop will explore pre-award resources, NIH and Foundation forms and guidelines, personnel and equipment allotments, justifications, and the submission process. This will be an interactive presentation and attendees are encouraged to bring their specific budget questions.

2018 CHADD Mentoring Course: M(F)aking it as a Mentor: A Toolkit for Junior Faculty
Sponsored by the Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Offices for Faculty Development and Diversity
Friday, November 30, 9 AM - 12 PM, HMS Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, 25 Shattuck Street
Registration and Information
Course Outline

Leadership in Research: Building Your Team and Managing People
Speakers: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; James Horgan, JD; Fariba Houman, PhD; Claire Marré, MS; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Judith Zola, MBA
December 3, 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM, breakfast and lunch provided, Karp 8 and Karp 5 Conference Rooms
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Fellowship Training, Human Resources, the Office of General Counsel and Research Compliance
Successful basic science and clinical research projects require a proficient team. If you are a PI or an aspiring leader, come learn about hiring, supervising, and managing your staff.

Writing for Scientific Publication
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine;
Marjorie Beeghly, PhD; Developmental Medicine
Monday, December 10, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will cover the steps to successful publication and provide tips in overcoming problems, such as how to get started, criteria for authorship, writer's block, style choices, as well as ethical issues. The primary focus will be on authorship of clinical research papers although the principles are also applicable for basic science papers.

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants

Speakers: Jean Emans, MD; Judith Fleming, PhD; Ellen Grant, MD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Monday, January 7, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
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 7/1/19.

Difficult Conversations

Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombuds Office
Tuesday, February 26, 12 -1:30 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop will help participants explore the challenges behind difficult conversations.  Why are some conversations so difficult to have?  What do we have control over that might either help or hinder our efforts to communicate productively?  And are there times when it’s best to forgo a conversation for another option? Or times when a conversation—no matter how challenging—is the only way to proceed?  Bring your challenging conversations—past, present and ones looming in the future—and a willingness to engage in this interactive session.

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD; Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Tuesday, March 5, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored 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.

Time Management Solutions
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Judy Zola, MBA, Director of Learning and Development, HR 
Tuesday, March 26, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Looking for more efficient ways to manage time in your personal and professional life? This workshop will help you identify your peak energy times and provide practical suggestions on how to deal with distractions, prioritize and sort tasks and organize technology.

Successful Strategies for Foundation Funding
Speakers: Lisa Kaufman, Assistant VP, Foundation Relations; Brenna Eagan, Officer, Corporate/Foundation Relations
Tuesday, April 2, 12 -1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Learn about the resources available to you through the Foundation Relations team at the BCH Trust. From developing a proof of concept to launching a breakthrough in the field, foundation funding is an important catalyst for advancing discovery.

Getting Your Basic Research Funded
Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; Professor of Pediatrics
Tuesday, April 9, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored 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.