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 2018-19 Overview of Faculty Development Resources

Fall 2018 Events - please check for updates
To register for any OFD workshop, please email

Office of Health Equity and Inclusion's Inaugural Pediatric Health Equity Educational Symposium: ”What is Health Equity and How Can We Promote Equitable Pediatric Healthcare?”
Wednesday, September 12, 12 – 4 PM, Folkman Auditorium in the Enders Building
Sponsored by: Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship, Office of Faculty Development
This inaugural symposium will include a keynote grand rounds lecture and breakout workshop sessions for attendees to learn about how all professionals are stakeholders in addressing pediatric healthcare disparities. For more information, please contact

Faculty Peer Support Groups Introductory Lunch
Host: Sara Forman, MD
Thursday, September 20, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 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, led by rotating faculty members, 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 Women in Medicine and Science Month Grand Rounds:
Cancer Immunotherapy: The End of the Beginning
Speaker: Laurie Glimcher, MD, President and CEO, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Wednesday, September 26, 12 -1 PM, Folkman Auditorium
Registration is not necessary to attend this event
Dr. Glimcher’s talk will provide an introduction and overview of cancer immunotherapy, the ER Stress Response, and a summary of the function of the IRE1/XBP1 arm of the ER Stress Response in both the tumor and in controlling immune responses in the tumor microenvironment.

Promotion from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Speakers: Jonathan Matsui, PhD; Senior Program Director, Faculty Promotions, HMS Office for Faculty Affairs;
Frederick H. Lovejoy, Jr., MD, William Berenberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Thursday, September 27, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, the areas of excellence, and CV preparation.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Sunday, September 30, 1 – 4 PM, Westward Orchards in Harvard, MA
178 Mass Ave., Harvard, MassachusettsHost: Alicia Casey, MD
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.
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. Register by emailing 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.

Getting Your K Award Funded: Constructing the Career Development Plan and the Mentor's Statement
Speaker: Maria Kontaridis, PhD; Director of Research at Masonic Medical Research Laboratory
Monday, October 1, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 5 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
This workshop is designed to help junior faculty and fellows better navigate the K award application process with an emphasis on the Career Development Plan and the Mentor’s Statement.

Digital Imaging Essentials
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative
Thursday, October 4, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored 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.

Research, Medical Education, and Program Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, October 16, 12 – 1 PM, Folkman Auditorium
Sponsors: Sandra Fenwick, MPH, President and CEO; Kevin Churchwell, MD, Executive Vice-President of Health Affairs and COO; David Williams, MD, Chief Scientific Officer; Jean Emans, MD, OFD Director; and Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd, Chief Medical Education Officer
Presentation of Awards by Sandra Fenwick

Harvard Catalyst Overview
Speaker: ;Carol Martin, MPA, Program Manager, Harvard Catalyst
Thursday, October 25, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 8 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
Learn how to navigate the Catalyst website to access networks, innovation, funding, technical resources, educational training opportunities, classes and partnerships. Use Catalyst tools and partner institution resources to connect to the clinical and translational research community including HMS and the other 59 NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Centers. Bring your laptop or iPad for an up-close and personal hands-on experience!

Promotion from Assistant to Associate Professor
Tuesday, October 30, 12 – 1 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
Speaker: Bethany Westlund, PhD, HMS Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
This workshop will provide practical advice on how to effectively navigate the HMS promotion process, the areas of excellence, and CV preparation.

Dealing Effectively with Abrasive Personalities
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, Ombudsperson, HMS/HSDM/HSPH Ombuds Office
Thursday, November 1, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 7 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.

Drawing Figures for Journals
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Imaging & Desktop Computing Support
Tuesday, November 27, 12:15 - 1:15 PM, Karp 10 Conference Room, lunch provided
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training
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.

Preparing an NIH and Foundation Budget
Speaker: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Thursday, November 29, 12 - 1 PM, Karp 6 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop is intended for Boston Children’s Hospital junior faculty, fellows, and support staff who are new to submitting grants and /or who want to learn more about procedures and resources at BCH. This workshop will explore pre-award resources, NIH and Foundation forms and guidelines, personnel and equipment allotments, justifications, and the submission process. This will be an interactive presentation and attendees are encouraged to bring their specific budget questions.

2018 CHADD Mentoring Course: M(F)aking it as a Mentor: A Toolkit for Junior Faculty
Sponsored by the Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Offices for Faculty Development and Diversity
Friday, November 30, 9 AM - 12 PM, HMS Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, 25 Shattuck Street
Course Outline
Registration and Information

Leadership in Research: Building Your Team and Managing People
Speakers: Jordan Kreidberg, MD, PhD; James Horgan, JD; Fariba Houman, PhD; Claire Marré, MS; Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Judith Zola, MBA
December 3, 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM, breakfast and lunch provided, Karp 8 and Karp 5 Conference Rooms
Cosponsored by the Office of Faculty Development, the Office of Fellowship Training, Human Resources, the Office of General Counsel and Research Compliance
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.

Writing for Scientific Publication
Speakers: Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH; Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine;
Marjorie Beeghly, PhD; Developmental Medicine
Monday, December 10, 12 - 1:30 PM, Karp 7 Conference Room, lunch provided
This workshop will cover the steps to successful publication and provide tips in overcoming problems, such as how to get started, criteria for authorship, writer's block, style choices, as well as ethical issues. The primary focus will be on authorship of clinical research papers although the principles are also applicable for basic science papers.