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Office of Faculty Development

Office of Faculty Development logoThe Office of Faculty Development's logo reflects the four components of the BCH 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 2016 - 2017 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 BCH 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.

Winter - Spring 2017 Events - we are planning the 2017 program schedule; please check for updates 

To register for any OFD workshop, please email 

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants Workshop
Jean Emans, MD; Judith Fleming, PhD; Ellen Grant, MD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Tuesday, January 10, 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 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 7/1/17.

Dealing Effectively with Abrasive Personalities
Melissa Brodrick, MEd, Ombudsperson, HMS/HSDM/HSPH Ombuds Office
Christine Power, MS,  Director, DFCI Office for Faculty Development
Tuesday, January 17, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided 
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This session will help participants consider the choices they have when working with abrasive personalities: when/how to engage or disengage (and the risks/benefits of each), and how to address challenges early in the relationship.

Caring for Deaf Patients and Families: Cultural Considerations & Relevant Health Practices
Amy Szarkowski, PhD; Psychologist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program, Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Enhancement, BCH;
Instructor in Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, HMS

Additional panelists: Arielle Spellun, MD (physician), Denise Fournier Eng, MA (speech-language pathologist) and Ashleigh Lewkowitz, AuD (audiologist)
Cosponsored by the Diversity and Cultural Competency Council (DCCC), the Office of Faculty Development and the Department of Medical Education
Friday, January 20, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium in the Enders Building
Topics discussed: raising awareness of Deaf culture & American Sign Language (ASL); addressing the significance of hearing loss in children; describing existing health disparities; offering suggestions for medical professionals working with Deaf patients and families

Getting Your Basic Research Funded
Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Thursday, February 2, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored 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 basic research

Black History Month Grand Rounds: The Persistence of Disparities in Infant Outcomes and 
the Potential of Choosing More Wisely
Speaker: DeWayne Pursley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; BCH Physician in Medicine; Chief, BIDMC Department of Neonatology
Wednesday, February 22, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium in the Enders Building
Cosponsored by the Diversity and Cultural Competency Council (DCCC), the Department of Medicine, Human Resources, and the Office of Faculty Development
Registration is not necessary to attend this event

Applying for Foundation Funds Incorporating PIVOT
Olivia Pennock, Director of Foundation Relations, BCH Trust
Samantha Snitow, Foundation Relations Coordinator, BCH Trust
Tuesday, April 4, 12 - 1 PM, Enders Seminar 1 in the Enders Building, lunch provided
Learn how the BCH Trust Foundation Relations Team can help BCH researchers get a competitive edge. Join us for an introduction to the services The Trust provides to faculty seeking philanthropic Foundation support.  Most of the session will focus on a powerful tool called COS Pivot -- a free, comprehensive database of funding opportunities which offers a new way of exploring funding prospects and managing the solicitation process.

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Tuesday, May 2, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored 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

Strategies for Saving for College
Speaker: Jonathan Griswold, MD, Instructor in Anesthesia
Wednesday, May 24, 11 - 12:30 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room
Dr. Griswold has had a life-long interest in personal finance and financial planning. He has successfully completed the seven course program in financial planning at Boston University. He passed the national Financial Planning Certification (CFP) exam of the College for Financial Planning in 2009 and has been invited, both locally and nationally, to speak to health care groups regarding personal financial topics that concern many of us. Dr. Griswold will discuss various strategies for saving for college, and the pros and cons of the different types of college savings plans. The primary focus will be on "529" college savings plans.

How to Plan a Productive Annual Career Conference
Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH, Professor of Otology and Laryngology
Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief Medical Education Officer
S. Jean Emans, MD, Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics and Faculty Director of the Office of Faculty Development
Tuesday, May 30, 12 - 1 PM, Enders Seminar 1, lunch provided
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.


The Fall 2016 issue of the OFD newsletter, Perspectives, has been postedclick on the Faculty Resources link to the left to open the Perspectives page.

In this issue:

George Daley, MD, PhD, Next Harvard Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
BCH Faculty Receive HMS Teaching Awards
Mark Proctor, MD, Appointed Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
David Williams, MD, Named Chief Scientific Officer
11/8 Spine Symposium Honors John Emans, MD
Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD, Honored with 2 Prestigious Awards
BCH Women in Medicine and Science Month
Latinos & Amigos Celebration
9/12 Library Lunch Topics: Joani Geltman, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens
Update from the BCH Academy: Lori Newman, MEd
Ron Samuels, MD, MPH, Receives CDC Award
Michael Yogman, MD, Receives Simms/Mann Whole Child Award
HMS URM Residency Program Showcase
News from the BCH Library
2016 Apple-Picking Expedition
Leisurely Learning: City Trails

The 2016- 2017 OFD 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. 

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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