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:

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 2019 - 2020 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

Winter and Spring 2020 Events - please check your email regarding Zoom information for May 2020 workshops; these sessions will be  available by remote access only

Winter and Spring 2020 Events - please check for updates as our workshops are in development

To register for any OFD workshop or event, please email

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants
Speakers:  Jean Emans, MD; Judith Fleming, PhD; Ellen Grant, MD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Tuesday, January 14, 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 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 7/1/20.

Promotion from Associate Professor to Professor
Speaker: Joelle Lomax, PhD, Program Director for Academic Affairs, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Tuesday, January 21, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 10 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.

Making Science in Fiber Arts Meet-up
Convener: Elissa Weitzman, ScD
Wednesday, January 29, 1 - 2 PM, 333 Longwood 1st Floor (Lobby) Conference Room, lunch provided
It’s still sweater and hat season!  All levels are welcome; attendance at previous sessions is not necessary for joining the group.   If you are a knitter, crocheter or fiber arts “maker” (novice or advanced), your peers will be sitting, making, and talking science and ideas. We’d love to see you and your project there – let us know you’re coming so we can provide a light lunch; register by emailing

Difficult Conversations
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombuds Office
Tuesday, March 3, 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 17, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 10 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.

How to Plan a Productive Annual Career Conference
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 19, 12 to 1 PM, Karp 7 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. 

Time Management

Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Judy Zola, MBA, Director of Learning and Development, HR
Tuesday, May 26, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 9 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.