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.

Spring 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.

Living with Your Dog: During the Pandemic and Beyond
Speaker: Amy Koel, PhD
Thursday, March 25, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Never has the relationship between humans and wo/man’s best friend been more important. Please join us for an interactive session with Amy Koel, PhD* on practical tips for training and socializing your dog, and dealing with separation issues (yours and theirs).
* — Amy Koel is a PhD-level developmental psychologist and dog trainer. She conducts puppy and obedience classes and provides consultations on training and behavioral issues. Dr. Koel is an evaluator and consultant for the Pawprints therapy dog visitation program and also assists the City of Newton with dog-related issues.

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded Workshop
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Tuesday, April 27, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and 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
Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH, Professor of Otolaryngology
Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPE, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief Education Officer
Moderator: Jean Emans, MD, Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics and Director, OFD
Tuesday, May 4, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
This workshop will introduce you to the OFD Career Conference Form, how you can prepare responses/questions in advance of the meeting, and tips for interacting with your chair/mentor.

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.