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.

OFD resources

The Office of Faculty Development's Mentoring Guidebooks, Guidelines for Junior Faculty, and Guidelines for Mentors have been updated for 2020-2021 and are now available with other materials on our Community of Mentors webpage and below.

The Office of Faculty Development is on Twitter! Look for announcements, links, updates, reminders, and reflections at

Office of Faculty Development recognition

The OFD is recognized nationally and internationally for contributions to faculty development, career resources, promotion, work life balance, and funded research fellowships.

Funded in 2001 by Boston Children’s Hospital, the OFD summarized the critical components of a hospital-based office in the February 2008 Pediatrics article (first author, S. Jean Emans, MD): Creating a Faculty Development Office in an Academic Pediatric Hospital: Challenges and Successes.

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, visit the Community of Mentors page.

Dr. Emans has been recognized by HMS with two awards: the 2009 William Silen Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award and the 2020 Diversity Lifetime Achievement Award.

Orientation for new faculty

Please note that we now have a Dropbox with orientation resources that you can download and print. Items include mentoring booklets (both for mentors and for junior faculty). Overview of Faculty Development Resources booklet, Office of Clinician Support brochure, and other informational items.

Resources from the HMS Office for Faculty Affairs

Read the new guidance from the HMS Office of Faculty Affairs related to cancellations due to COVID-19.

Fall 2020 events will be Zoomed unless otherwise indicated

To register for any OFD workshop or event, please email Please check for updates as our workshops are in development. Zoom information will also be distributed via our email. The Office of Faculty Development works collaboratively to co-sponsor events with the Offices of Fellowship Training, Health Equity and inclusion, and the Department of Education.

Making Science in Fiber Arts Virtual Meeting
An invitation from group leader Elissa Weitzman, ScD
Wednesday, September 16, 1 to 2 p.m., via Zoom
Last year I started a fiber arts group at Boston Children’s — spurred by a goal of making connections around “making” — and the opportunity to find inspiration for science and medicine in those times when the brain wanders and the fingers focus. Making and keeping connections is extra dear during these COVID days. If you are a knitter, crocheter, or fiber arts “maker” (novice or advanced), your peers will be sitting, making, talking science, and life. We’d love to see you and your project there. This is an open group and attendance last year or any time is not required to join.

Work/Family Peer Support Groups for BCH Faculty with Dr. Sara Forman
Faculty Peer Support Virtual Introductory Meeting
Friday, September 11, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Attend this introductory session to learn about the OFD-sponsored faculty peer support groups and to chat with current participants. The peer support groups offer a comfortable environment to discuss challenges and solutions in areas of career, family, and personal development.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Sunday, September 13, 1 to 4 p.m.,
Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA
178 Mass Ave., Harvard, Mass.
Host: Dr. Alicia Casey
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. We will meet in the picnic area on the lawn at 1 p.m. — walk past the Orchard Store and look for the canopy. For safe apple-picking, the orchard requires face masks for all participants and social distancing between groups. Hand-washing stations will be available throughout the orchards. Please email 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 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with porch space and picnic tables available. Get directions on Westward Orchards' website.

Finding Opportunities to Fund Your Research Projects, including COVID-19
Tuesday, September 22, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom (link distributed in September)
Speakers: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Director of Sponsored Programs; Lu-Ann Pozzi, PhD, Office of Fellowship Training Program Manager
This workshop will provide participants with information on finding grant opportunities that match their research needs. Among the topics presented include: the types of funding opportunities available to Boston Children's fellows and junior faculty — including COVID-specific FOAs; institutional resources available to Boston Children's applicants; how to conduct valuable web searches; effectively reviewing application guidelines and eligibility requirements; creating an application timeline; advice from peer reviewers; and how to be a successful awardee.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Difficult Conversations
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, HMS Ombuds Office
Tuesday, October 13, noon to 1:30 p.m., via Zoom
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.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Digital Imaging Essentials
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, October 20, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Learn the basics of digital image preparation. Understand how to prepare images in one application for use in other applications. Learn the proper resolution and file format for images to be inserted in presentations, publications, and grant submissions.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Effective Strategies for Building Resilience at Work
Speaker: Lauren Mednick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Boston Children's Department of Psychiatry
Tuesday, November 17, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
The demands of working in our rapidly evolving healthcare system can be extremely stressful. Although some stress is helpful in improving performance, too much stress can have negative effects. In many situations, getting rid of stress is not a realistic goal, but changing how we manage and respond to it is. This workshop is designed to introduce clinicians to practical strategies that can be used to maintain personal resilience within the stressful work environment.

Time Management Solutions
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, HMS;;Judy Zola, MBA, Director of Learning and Development, Boston Children's HR
Tuesday, December 8, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
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.

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, visit HERC's website.