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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 mission of the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is to facilitate the career advancement and satisfaction of Harvard Medical School (HMS) faculty at Boston Children's Hospital, fostering careers particularly of junior 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

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.

Fall 2022 events

To register, email:

Faculty Peer Support Virtual Kick-off Meeting
Friday September 23, 12 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
Saturday September 24, 1 to 4 p.m.
178 Mass Ave., Harvard, Massachusetts
Host: Alicia Casey, MD

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 by the playground at 1:00 PM  –  just look for the  pop-up tent. We will update all registered attendees regarding Westward’s COVID-19 protocols in September. To register, please email with approximate number of adults and kids. There is no admission fee; each family is responsible for their own apple purchases.

Click here for directions

Women in Medicine and Science Month Grand Rounds (streamed in Folkman Auditorium and on Zoom)
Wednesday, September 28, 12:00 noon to 1 p.m
Speaker: Marsha Moses, Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Surgery, HMS; Director, Vascular Biology Program

Title: Rationally designed precision theranostics for cancer and its metastases

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

No registration required

Finding Funding Opportunities
Thursday, October 13, noon to 1 p.m., Zoom presentation
Speakers: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Senior Director of Sponsored Programs; Lu-Ann Pozzi, PhD, Office of Fellowship Training, Administrative Director
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

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 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.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Tuesday, October 25, 12:00 noon to 1 p.m, Zoom presentation
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
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.

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.