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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 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 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.

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

To register for any OFD workshop, please email 

Strategies for Applying for Boston Children's Hospital 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 Boston Children's Hospital 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, Boston Children's Hospital; 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; Boston Children's Hospital 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, Boston Children's Hospital Trust
Samantha Snitow, Foundation Relations Coordinator, Boston Children's Hospital Trust
Tuesday, April 4, 12 - 1 PM, Enders Seminar 1 in the Enders Building, lunch provided
Learn how the Boston Children's Hospital Trust Foundation Relations Team can help Boston Children's Hospital 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.

Library Lunch Topics: Free Range Kids - Why Does an Old-Fashioned Childhood Sound So Radical?
Speaker and author: Lenore Skenazy

Thursday, April 6, 12 - 1 PM, CLS 12th Floor Conference Room, lunch provided
To register, email meaghan.muir@childrens.harvard.ed
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Fellowship Training, and the Medical Library
Lenore Skenazy founded Free-Range Kids, the book, blog and movement dedicated to the idea that our kids are SAFER and
SMARTER than our culture gives them credit for. Lenore will discuss how today's parents became so afraid of everything from predators to non-organic grapes(even if cut into quarters!), and how we can regain the confidence to send our kids out to play. Lenore has appeared on The Today Show, Dr. Phil, The View and The Daily Show. She has been profiled in The New Yorker and written for everyone from The Wall Street Journal to Mad Magazine. Yep. Mad! She has lectured at Microsoft, Disney,DreamWorks and, oddly enough, the Bulgarian Happiness Festival. The holiday she invented, “Take Our Children to the Park…And Leave Them There Day” is now celebrated around the world. She lives in New York City. Thanks to a steady diet of fear dished up by the media and the marketplace, Skenazy says, society has come to believe kids are in constant danger. But the greatest risk may lie in trying to guarantee kids a childhood that is risk-free

Graduate Medical Education Day and Spring Education Retreat
Keynote Speaker: Joan Reede, MD, MS, MPH, MBA, HMS Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership

Wednesday, April 26, 12 - 4 PM; Keynote Session, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium in the Enders Building
Other Sessions, 1:15 - 4 PM; for more information contact
Cosponsored by BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship; Office of Graduate Medical Education; Office of Faculty Development; Boston Combined Residency Program Medical Education Academy

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, 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 Office of Faculty Development Career Conference Form, how you can prepare responses/questions in advance of the meeting, and tips for interacting with your chair/mentor.

Leadership in Research: Building Your Team and Managing People 
Speakers: Melissa Brodrick, MEd; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; Ellen Rothstein, JD; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Judith Zola, MBA
Monday, June 12, 8:30 AM to 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room and Karp 4 Conference Room, breakfast and lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
To register, email
Successful basic science and clinical research projects require a proficient team. If you are a PI or an aspiring leader, come learn about hiring, supervising, and managing your staff. 

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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