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Office of Faculty Development | Overview

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

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is dedicated to facilitating the career advancement and satisfaction of Boston Children's Hospital faculty, fostering careers particularly of early-stage faculty, and increasing leadership opportunities for women and faculty underrepresented in medicine (UiM). 

OFD Resources

The Office of Faculty Development’s Mentoring Guidebooks, Guidelines for Junior Faculty, and Guidelines for Mentors have been updated for 2022-23 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 https://twitter.com/BCHFacultyDev

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.

Our Dropbox also includes the 7/19/2022 Orientation for New Faculty Video Recording.

Winter-Spring 2023 events - please check for updates

To register for any event, email: ofd@childrens.harvard.edu

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants (Zoom) 
Monday January 23, 12 to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Speakers: Judy Fleming, PhD, Ellen Grant, MD, Carla Kim, PhD
Moderated by Jean Emans, MD

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 7/1/23.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Zoom meeting information: https://bostonchildrens.zoom.us/j/98716258791?pwd=UUgrMzRKeE12c3dNaWpSTERRK0VYQT09
Password: 050454

Getting Your Basic Research Funded (Zoom)
Tuesday January 24, 12 to 1 p.m.
Speaker: Joseph Italiano, PhD, James and Thea Stoneman Associate Professor of Surgery in the Field of Vascular Biology

This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for junior faculty and fellows to obtain funding for basic science research.

Zoom meeting information: https://bostonchildrens.zoom.us/j/96221281774?pwd=cld2SXpFb2VkVmVkUzgwZ0RHSVVZZz09
Password: 956367

Open Invitation: BCH Faculty Peer Support Group (Zoom)
Friday, January 27, 12 to 1 p.m.
Facilitated by: Sara Forman, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Marisa Brett-Fleegler, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Maxine Milstein, MBA, Program Director, Office of Faculty Development

The BCH Faculty Peer Support Group meetings offer a safe, comfortable environment to share challenges and solutions in areas of career, family and personal development. Participants are a mix of various specialties, different career stages, and differing career focus. This allows faculty to meet others from different divisions and departments within the hospital and to discuss ways to have successful balance in their life’s journey.

Please let Maxine Milstein if you have any topics for discussion.

Zoom meeting information: https://bostonchildrens.zoom.us/j/94044860211?pwd=ZFkzTVJjQm8zQTg1SGhGRDdMeUo3UT09
Password: 436985

Drawing Figures for Journals (Zoom link to be provided)
Tuesday, February 7, noon to 1 p.m., Zoom presentation
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative

Efficiency & reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools & a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Preparing an NIH Budget (Zoom link to be provided)
Tuesday, February 14, noon to 1 p.m
Speaker: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Senior Director, Office of Sponsored Programs

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.

Conflict Resolution (Zoom link to be provided)
Tuesday, March 14, noon to 1 p.m
Speaker: Melissa  Brodrick, Director, HMS Ombuds Office, Longwood

This interactive workshop will examine what you bring to conflict situations that may help or hinder you, some skills for handling conflicts when they arise and strategies to effectively prepare for and engage in conflict conversations in the future.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded (Zoom link to be provided)
Tuesday, May 16, noon to 1 p.m.
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD,  PhD,Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics

This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for clinical research.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

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.