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

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 2019 - 2020 Overview of Faculty Development Resources


Summer and Fall 2019 Events - please check for updates as our workshops for the fall season are in development
To register for any OFD workshop or event, please email

New Boston Children’s Meet-up Group:  “Making Science” in Fiber Arts
Wednesday, July 10, 1 - 2 PM, Karp 5 Conference Room, lunch provided
The first session of the new “Making Science in Fiber Arts" meet-up group, started by Elissa Weitzman, ScD,  All levels are welcome!   

Faculty Peer Support Introductory Luncheon

Friday, August 16, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 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 offer a comfortable environment to share a meal and discuss challenges and solutions in areas of career, family, and personal development. 

Boston Children's Hospital Medical Grand Rounds - Women in Medicine and Science Month
Speaker: Anne Klibanski, MD, CEO at Partners HealthCare and Laurie Carrol Guthart Professor of Medicine at HMS
Wednesday, 12 - 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building 
Registration is not necessary to attend this event.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Thursday, October 3, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored 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.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Sunday, October 6, 1 - 4 PM, Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA
178 Mass Ave., Harvard, Massachusetts
Host: Dr. Alicia Casey 
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.
Click on the “Get Directions” link:
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. Please email 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.

Drawing Figures for Journals
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Tuesday, November 19, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Efficiency & reliability: easily prepare figures for scientific journals with familiar tools & a foolproof workflow that eliminates any chance of rejection for guideline violations.