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Office of Faculty Development

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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.

The Office of Faculty Development's Mentoring Guidebooks, Guidelines for Junior Faculty and Guidelines for Mentors,  have been updated for 2017 - 2018 and are now available with other materials on our Community of Mentors webpage.

Check the link below for the February 2008 Pediatrics article on the Boston Children's Hospital faculty development program (first author, S. Jean Emans, MD)

Creating a Faculty Development Office in an Academic Pediatric Hospital: Challenges and Successes

The Office of Faculty Development is now on Twitter! Look for announcements, links, updates, reminders, and reflections in 140 characters or less.

Fall 2017 Events -  please check for updates 

To register for any OFD workshop, please email 

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Jonathan Matsui, PhD, Program Director, Faculty Promotions, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Frederick Lovejoy, MD, William Berenberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics

Tuesday, September 12, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, the areas of excellence, and CV preparation.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Hosts: Alicia Casey, MD, and Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH

Saturday, September 16, 1 – 4 PM, Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA
We will meet in the picnic area on the lawn at 1:00 PM: just walk past the Orchard Store and look for the canopy
Directions to Orchard:
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. Register by emailing 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 11am to 3pm, with porch space and picnic tables available.

Faculty Peer Support Groups Introductory Lunch
Hosts: Sara Forman, MD, and Diane Stafford, MD
Monday, September 18, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Attend this introductory session to learn about the OFD sponsored faculty peer support groups and to chat with current participants. The peer support groups, led by rotating faculty members, offer a comfortable environment away from the formal workplace to share a meal and discuss challenges and solutions in areas of career, family, and personal development.

Boston Children’s Hospital Women in Medicine and Science Month Grand Rounds: 
Chance, Choice and Challenges: Finding the Way to the HIV Policy Table
Speaker: Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, HMS Professor of Medicine, MGH Co-Director of the Medical Practice Evaluation Center

Wednesday, September 27, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building
Registration is not necessary to attend this event 
Dr. Walensky will describe her area of HIV cost-effectiveness research and provide relevant study examples in both the US and international setting that have motivated HIV policy change and will also discuss key decisions in her career pathway. 

Diversity and Cultural Competency Council (DCCC) Grand Rounds: Minimizing the Impact of Unconscious Bias
Speaker: Kathryn M. Rexrode, MD, MPH, HMS Associate Professor of Medicine, BWH Chief of the Division of Women's Health and Faculty Director of the Office for Women's Careers
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 8:30 – 9:30 AM, Folkman Auditorium
Registration is not necessary to attend this event
Understand the science and research of unconscious bias and how it shapes our behaviors; become aware of how our biases may impact our perceptions and decisions; apply new strategies for reducing the impact of unconscious bias in our professional and personal interactions.

Conversations That Take Courage
Melissa Brodrick, HMS Ombuds Office
Gillian Simkiss, HMS Human Resources, Program Manager

Tuesday, October 17, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This course is designed to help you reflect on conversations that take courage, whether they involve managing up, engaging as a collaborator or addressing a challenging situation.  During this course you will take time to self-reflect on when and why the stakes feel high in a conversation, learn about a model for assessing and addressing the challenges and hear about some of the best thinking in the field about emotional agility and effective communication.

Research, Program, and Medical Education Awards Ceremony
Hosts: Sandra Fenwick, MPH, President and CEO; S. Jean Emans, MD, Faculty Director of the Office of Faculty Development; Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Chief Medical Education Officer and Director of the Department of Medical Education
Friday, October 27, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium in the Enders Building, lunch provided
Research updates from: Andrew Hong, MD; Enid Martinez, MD

Preparing an NIH and Foundation Budget 
Speaker: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Tuesday, October 31, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
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.

Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor
Joelle Lomax, PhD, Program Director, Faculty Appointments, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs
Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology

Tuesday, November 14, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, the areas of excellence, and CV preparation.

Getting Your K Award Funded: Constructing the Career Development Plan and Mentor's Statement
Speaker: Maria Kontaridis, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, BIDMC
Tuesday, November 28, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
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.

Writing for Scientific Publication
Speakers: Marjorie Beeghly, PhD, Senior Research Associate; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Monday, December 4, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop 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.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, December 5, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored 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

The Spring 2017 issue of the Office of Faculty Development newsletter, Perspectives, has been postedclick on the Faculty Resources link to the left to open the Perspectives page.
In this issue:

2017 Black History Month Observance
2017 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Program
DCCC Grand Rounds: Caring for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients
2017 BCH Faculty Partnership/Conexión Leadership Program Participants
Dr. Elizabeth Rider Awarded 2016 Platinum Medal for Excellence
Dr. Louis Kunkel Honored by the CureDuchenne Organization
Dr. Edie Weller Appointed Boston Children's Hospital Director of Biostatistics
News from the Boston Children's Hospital Library  - by Meaghan Muir, MLIS
May is Faculty Development Month
Dr. Catherine Brownstein Receives 2017 HMS DICP Faculty Fellowship
De-Stressing Techniques from Rana Chudnofsky, MGH Benson-Henry Institute 
Harvard Longwood WorkLife Programs
HMS and Boston Children Leadership Programs

The 2017- 2018 Office of Faculty Development Overview of Faculty Development Resources is available online. The handbook includes information on our program, as well as other offices at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School that support faculty careers in both research and clinical areas. 
2017-2018 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

Select Open Faculty Positions at BCH:
The Departments of Cardiology at Boston Children's Hospital and Genetics at Harvard Medical School are jointly recruiting for an investigator at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics - see information here

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, check HERC's website. 

HERC Website

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