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 2019 - 2020 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

 

Fall 2019 Events - please check for updates as our workshops for the fall season are in development
To register for any OFD workshop or event, please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu

 Faculty Peer Support  Luncheon|
Friday, September 13, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
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 share a meal and discuss challenges and solutions in areas of career, family, and personal development. 

Boston Children's Hospital Medical Grand Rounds - Women in Medicine and Science Month
Speaker: Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO at Partners HealthCare and Laurie Carrol Guthart Professor of Medicine at HMS
Wednesday,  September 18, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building
"Our Obligation to Mentor the Next Generation of Leaders" 
Registration is not necessary to attend this event.

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Speaker: Tara Lauriat, PhD, Program Director for Academic Affairs, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Tuesday, September 24, 12 - 1 PM, Room TBA, lunch provided
This 60-minute presentation provides an overview of the Assistant Professor promotion process for faculty members at the rank of Instructor.  Topics include selecting an Area of Excellence and Significant Supporting Activities, evaluation criteria, requirements for the dossier, and the Longer Service pathway.  We encourage attendees to review relevant sections of the Faculty of Medicine handbook and/or Promotion Profile Library before arriving to better facilitate engagement and allow more time to ask questions. 

Meet-up Group: Making Science in Fiber Arts
Host: Elissa Weitzman, ScD
Wednesday, September 25, 1 - 2 PM, 333 Longwood 3rd Floor (ORL) Conference Room, lunch provided
All levels are welcome! Attendance at the first or second session 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.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Thursday, October 3, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
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.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Sunday, October 6, 1 - 4 PM, Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA
178 Mass Ave., Harvard, Massachusetts
Host: Dr. Alicia Casey 
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: https://www.westwardorchards.com/our-farm-store/
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. Please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu 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.

Preparing an NIH and Foundation Budget
Speaker: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Director, Sponsored Programs
Thursday, October 17, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 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.

Getting Your K Award Funded: Constructing the Career Development Plan and Mentor's Statement

Speaker: Maria Kontaridis, PhD; Director of Research, Masonic Medical Research Institute and Associate Professor Medicine, HMS 
Monday, October 28, 12 - PM, Karp 5 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to help junior faculty and fellows better navigate the K award application process with an emphasis on the Career Development Plan and the Mentor’s Statement.

The Office of Faculty Development Invites You to a Special Celebration To Honor the Recipients of the 2019 Boston Children’s Hospital Fellowships, Research, Medical Education, and Program Awards
Awards Ceremony sponsored by:
Sandra Fenwick, MPH, CEO; Kevin Churchwell, MD, President and COO; 
David Williams, MD, Chief Scientific Officer; Jean Emans, MD,  OFD Director;
and Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Chief Medical Education Officer
Tuesday, October 29, 12 –1:00 PM. Folkman Auditorium, lunch provided
Project Updates from 2 OFD/BTREC/CTREC Faculty Career Development Fellowship recipients

Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor
Speaker: Tara Lauriat, PhD, Program Director for Academic Affairs, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Thursday, November 7, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 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. 

Getting Your Basic Research Funded
Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Thursday, November 14, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for basic science research.

Drawing Figures for Journals
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, November 19, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Efficiency & reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools & a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.

Writing for Scientific Publication
Speakers:  Majorie Beeghly, PhD; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH
Monday, December 2, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 5 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.

Effective Negotiations
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, HMS Ombuds Office
Monday, December 16, 12 - 1:30 PM, 333 Longwood 3rd Floor Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Wondering about how to best negotiate with the leaders in your division or department? For a successful career, join us for this interactive workshop on power differentials in the workplace and how to influence others effectively.