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.

OFD resources

The Office of Faculty Development’s Mentoring Guidebooks, Guidelines for Junior Faculty, and Guidelines for Mentors have been updated for 2021-22 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.

Resources from the HMS Office for Faculty Affairs

Read the new guidance from the HMS Office of Faculty Affairs related to cancellations due to COVID-19.

Winter/spring 2022 events will be Zoomed unless otherwise indicated

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants

Friday, January 14, noon to 1 p.m.
Speakers: Judy Fleming, PhD; Ellen Grant, MD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, 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 7/1/22. Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training.

Link to Zoom:
Password: 942106

Drawing Figures for Journals
Tuesday, January 18, noon to 1 p.m.
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative

Efficiency and reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools and 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.

Link to Zoom:
Password: 611642

Writing for Scientific Publication
Tuesday, February 8, noon to 1 p.m.
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Amy Shafrir, ScD

This seminar 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.

Link to Zoom:
Password: 980800

Best Practices in Authorship
Tuesday, March 15, noon to 1 p.m.
Speakers: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombudsperson; Justin Neiman, MA, HMS Associate Ombudsperson

This highly interactive and relevant workshop will provide you with practical skills to discuss authorship with collaborators and colleagues. The HMS Authorship Guidelines and best practices for establishing authorship criteria, making decisions, and addressing disagreements will be reviewed. By considering proactive and preventative steps, you will learn tools that can help create a culture of transparency and collaboration as it relates to authorship.

Link to Zoom:
Password: 029429

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded
Tuesday, May 3, 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.

Link to Zoom:
Password: 531837

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.