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.

The Office of Faculty Development's Mentoring Guidebooks, Guidelines for Junior Faculty and Guidelines for Mentors,  have been updated for 2018 - 2019 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 https://twitter.com/BCHFacultyDev

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

Office of Faculty Development Receives HMS PACEM Award
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 go to the Community of Mentors link.

Office of Faculty Development 2018-19 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

Winter/Spring 2019 Events - please check for updates
To register for any OFD workshop, please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu

 

Strategies for Applying for BCH Research Grants
Speakers: Jean Emans, MD; Judith Fleming, PhD; Ellen Grant, MD; Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Monday, January 7, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
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 7/1/19.

Black History Month Pediatric Grand Rounds:  “Building Diversity and Inclusion: A Voyage” 
Speaker: André L. Churchwell, MD, Levi Watkins, Jr., MD, Chair; Chief Diversity Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences; Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12 -1:00 PM Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building 
Sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Faculty Development, the Department of Pediatrics and Human Resources 
Registration is not necessary to attend this event; to attend via live stream: https://bostonchildrens.zoom.us/j/428818450 
Dr. André L. Churchwell is Chief Diversity Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In 2005, he was named the Walter R. Murray Jr. Distinguished Alumnus by the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni for lifetime achievements in personal, professional and community arenas. And in 2015, Vanderbilt University endowed him with the Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D. Chair for achievements in the area of diversity and inclusion. 

Difficult Conversations
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, HMS Ombuds Office
Tuesday, February 26, 12 -1:30 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop will help participants explore the challenges behind difficult conversations.  Why are some conversations so difficult to have?  What do we have control over that might either help or hinder our efforts to communicate productively?  And are there times when it’s best to forgo a conversation for another option? Or times when a conversation—no matter how challenging—is the only way to proceed?  Bring your challenging conversations—past, present and ones looming in the future—and a willingness to engage in this interactive session.

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded

Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD; Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Tuesday, March 5, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
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.

Time Management Solutions
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Judy Zola, MBA, Director of Learning and Development, HR 
Tuesday, March 26, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Looking for more efficient ways to manage time in your personal and professional life? This workshop will help you identify your peak energy times and provide practical suggestions on how to deal with distractions, prioritize and sort tasks and organize technology.

Getting Your Basic Research Funded
Speaker: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; Professor of  Surgery and Pediatrics
Tuesday, April 9, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
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 basic research.

Successful Strategies for Foundation Funding
Speakers: Lisa Kaufman, Assistant VP, Foundation Relations; Brenna Eagan, Officer, Corporate/Foundation Relations
Thursday, May 2, 12 -1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Learn about the resources available to you through the Foundation Relations team at the BCH Trust. From developing a proof of concept to launching a breakthrough in the field, foundation funding is an important catalyst for advancing discovery.

How to Plan a Productive Annual Career Conference
Speakers: Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH, Professor of Otology and Laryngology; Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Professor of Pediatrics 
Tuesday, May 21, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, 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. 

Strategies for Saving for College
Speaker: Jonathan Griswold, MD, Instructor in Anesthesia
Wednesday, May 22, 2 to 3:30 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room
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.