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 2021-2022 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.

Fall 2021 events will be Zoomed unless otherwise indicated

To register for any OFD workshop or event, please email Please check for updates as our workshops are in development. Zoom information will also be distributed via our email. The Office of Faculty Development works collaboratively to co-sponsor events with the Offices of Fellowship Training, Health Equity and inclusion, and the Department of Education.

Women in Medicine and Science Month Grand Rounds (streamed in Folkman Auditorium and on Zoom)
A Challenging Academic Medicine Lifecourse Landscape: Career Truths, Recruitment, Retention and Success of Diverse Racial/Ethnic Groups

Wednesday, September 8, noon to 1 p.m.; no registration required
Speaker: Michelle A. Albert, MD MPH FACC FAHA, Walter A. Haas-Lucie Stern Endowed Chair in Cardiology Professor of Medicine; Director, CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center); Associate Dean of Admissions, UCSF School of Medicine, University of California; incoming 2022 President of the American Heart Association
Link to Zoom session:
Password: MEDGR2020

Faculty Peer Support Virtual Introductory Meeting (Zoom)
Tuesday, September 14, noon to 1 p.m.
Hosts: Sara Forman, MD; Marisa Brett-Fleegler, MD; Maxine Milstein, MBA
Attend this introductory session to learn about the OFD-sponsored faculty peer support groups and to chat with current and new participants. The peer support groups offer a comfortable environment to discuss challenges and solutions in areas of career, family, and personal development. To register, email
Link to Zoom session:
Password: 354975

Apple picking expedition at Westward Orchards
Sunday, September 26, 1 to 4 p.m. at Westward Orchards, 178 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard, Mass.
Host: Alicia Casey, MD
Come spend a few hours apple-picking with colleagues and families. For safe apple-picking, the orchard requires face masks for all participants and social distancing between groups. Hand-washing stations will be available throughout the orchards.
Please email 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 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with porch space and picnic tables available. Get directions on Westward Orchards' website.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Thursday, October 7, noon to 1 p.m
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.

Getting Your Basic Research Funded Workshop
Tuesday, November 2, 12:00 noon to 1 p.m, via Zoom
Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for basic science research.

Conflict Resolution Skills
Speakers: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombuds office; Justin Neiman, MA, HMS Ombuds Office
Thursday, Nov 4, noon to 1 p.m.
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.

Institutional and Other Funding Opportunities
Thursday, November 18, noon to 1 p.m.
Speakers: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Senior Director of Sponsored Programs; Lu-Ann Pozzi, PhD, Office of Fellowship Training, Administrative Program Manager II
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.

Getting Your K Award Funded: Constructing the Career Development Plan and Mentor’s Statement
Tuesday, December 7, 12:00 noon to 1 p.m, via Zoom
Speaker: Maria Kontaridis, PhD, Director of Research, Masonic Medical Research Institute and Associate Professor Medicine, HMS
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.

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.