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Office of Faculty Development

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Office of Faculty Development logoThe Office of Faculty Development's logo reflects the four components of the BCH 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 2015 - 2016 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 BCH 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.

Winter/Spring 2015 Events - check for updates
To register for any OFD workshop, please email

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants
Speakers: Judy Fleming, PhD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; Jane Newburger, MD
Tuesday, January 6, 12 - 1 PM, Gamble 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 an HMS Instructor appointment as of 7/1/15.

Getting Your Basic Research Funded
Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD

Wednesday, January 7, 3 - 4 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room
Co-sponsored with 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.

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor, including longer service criteria
Speaker: Zoe Fonseca-Kelly, PhD, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs

Tuesday, January 20, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, its areas of excellence, and CV preparation.

BCH Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Observance
Speaker: Judy Richardson, Civil Rights Worker

Thursday, January 22, 11 - 12 Noon, Folkman Auditorium in the Enders Building
The Observance is sponsored by the Diversity and Cultural Competency Council (DCCC), Human Resources, and the Office of Faculty Development.
Registration is not necessary to attend this event.

Strategies for Applying for Foundation Funds Using Pivot
Speakers: Martha Fowlkes, Senior Director BCH Trust, Foundation Relations and Samantha Snitow, Development Coordinator, BCH Trust Foundation Relations
Tuesday, February 3, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
Learn how the BCH Trust Foundation Relations Team can help BCH researchers get a competitive edge. Join us for an introduction to the services The Trust provides to faculty seeking philanthropic Foundation support.  Most of the session will focus on a powerful tool called COS Pivot -- a free, comprehensive database of funding opportunities which offers a new way of exploring funding prospects and managing the solicitation process.

HMS CV Preparation for Administrative Staff Assisting Faculty
Speaker: Jonathan Matsui, PhD, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs

Now rescheduled for: Monday, March 2, 9 - 10 AM, Karp 8 Conference Room
This session will introduce administrative staff to the HMS CV template and its editing features.  We encourage you to bring questions regarding the HMS CV.

Strategies for Saving for College
Speaker: Jonathan Griswold, MD, Instructor in Anesthesia

Wednesday, March 11, 11 - 12 Noon, Karp 12 Conference Room
Dr. Griswold has had a life-long interest in personal finance and financial planning. He has successfully completed the seven course program in financial planning at Boston University.  He passed the national Financial Planning Certification (CFP) exam of the College for Financial Planning in 2009 and has been invited, both locally and nationally, to speak to health care groups regarding personal financial topics that concern many of us.
Dr. Griswold will discuss various strategies for saving for college, and the pros and cons of the different types of college savings plans. The primary focus will be on "529" college savings plans.

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD
Tuesday, March 17, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room
Co-sponsored with 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
Speakers: Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH, Professor of Otology and Laryngology;
Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and BCH Medical Education Director
Moderator: Jean Emans, MD, Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Office of Faculty Development

Tuesday, April 28, 12 – 1 PM, CH Library’s Gamble Room, lunch provided
Learn how to make the most effective use of your Career Conference. This workshop will introduce you to the OFD Career Conference Form, how you can prepare responses/questions throughout the year in advance of the meeting, and tips for interacting with your chair/mentor.  Participants are encouraged to bring questions to this workshop

Faculty Appointment Changes 2015
Speaker: Maureen Connelly, MD, MPH, HMS Dean for Faculty Affairs

Tuesday, May 5, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
Learn about how to fulfill the new requirements for 50 hours of teaching/yr, how to tell is you're FT or PT, key changes in the HMS CV template, and expectations for career conferences and mentors.

Running Effective Meetings
Speaker: Fred Lovejoy, MD, William Berenberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Tuesday, May 12, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
Learn strategies to facilitate a meeting in academic medicine and keep the topic on track.

Negotiating Up: Dealing with Power Differentials
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombuds Office

Tuesday, May 19, 12 - 1 PM, CH Library's Gamble Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored with 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.

Leadership in Research: Building Your Team and Managing People Seminar
Speakers: Joanne Doherty, MS; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; Chris Newell, PsyD; Ellen Rothstein, JD; Alan Paret, MBA; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Fellowship Training, Human Resources, and the Office of General Counsel.
Monday, June 1, 9 AM – 1:30 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, breakfast and lunch provided
To register:
Faculty can email
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. 

The Spring 2015 issue of the OFD newsletter, Perspectives,
has been postedclick on the link to the left
In this issue:
Children's Receives 3 HMS Mentoring Awards
David Satcher, MD, Addressed Health Disparities in 2015 Grand Rounds
Jean Emans, MD, Named Inaugural Recipient of the HMS Mary Ellen Avery Professorship
2015 BCH Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Observance
Venee Tubman, MD, Awarded an HMS DICP Faculty Fellowship
Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Appointed Director of the HMS Dept. of Bioinformatics
New HMS LGBT Office
BCH Academy for Innovation in Education 2015 Award Recipients
Relieving Stress at Children's
New Books Recommended by Alison Clapp, MLIS
May is Faculty Development Month
HMS Requirements for Documentation of Mentors, Career Conferences, and Teaching
Leisurely Learning - Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

The Office of Faculty Development sponsors free yoga classes in May, June, and August; both beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome to attend. To register, email
Jerel Calzo, PhD, is a developmental psychologist, Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and Research Scientist in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine. He is also a certified yoga instructor, registered with Yoga Alliance. Jerel practiced yoga for seven years before completing his yoga teacher training at South Boston Yoga. Just bring a mat/water bottle and wear comfortable exercise clothing.

Friday, May 22, 3:15 – 4:15 PM,  Byers B in the Enders Building
Friday, June 19, 3:15 - 4:15 PM,  Farley 1 Classroom (133)
Friday, August 14, 4 – 5 PM, Byers B in the Enders Building

The 2015 - 2016 OFD Overview of Faculty Development Resources is available online. The handbook includes information on our program, as well as other offices at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School that support faculty careers in both research and clinical areas. 

2015-16 OFD Overview of Faculty Development Resources

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

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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