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 2020-2021 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 https://twitter.com/BCHFacultyDev.

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.

Winter-Spring 2021 events will be Zoomed unless otherwise indicated

To register for any OFD workshop or event, please email ofd@childrens.harvard.edu. 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.

Drawing Figures for Journals
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, January 12, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Efficiency and reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools and a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Negotiating Up
Speakers: Melissa Brodrick, MEd,  HMS Ombudsperson, HMS Ombuds Office; Justin Neiman, MA, HMS Associate Ombudsperson, HMS Ombuds Office
Tuesday, January 19, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Wondering about how to best negotiate with the leaders in your division or department? For a successful career, join us for this interactive workshop on power differentials in the workplace and how to influence others effectively.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

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.