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Office of Faculty Development | Overview

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

The mission of the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is to facilitate the career advancement and satisfaction of Harvard Medical School (HMS) faculty at Boston Children's Hospital, fostering careers particularly of junior faculty, and increasing leadership opportunities for women and faculty underrepresented in medicine (UiM).

OFD resources

The Office of Faculty Development’s Mentoring Guidebooks, Guidelines for Junior Faculty, and Guidelines for Mentors have been updated for 2022-23 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

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 2022 events will be Zoomed unless otherwise indicated

To register email

How to Plan a Productive Annual Career Conference
April 25, 10 to 11 a.m., via Zoom
Speakers: Alan Leichtner, MD, MSHPEd; Margaret Kenna, MD, MPH
Moderator: Jean Emans, MD, Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics and Director, OFD

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.

Zoom link:
Password: 351173

Leading Effective Meetings
April 26, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Speakers: Jenn Mahony, BCH Ombuds and Lu-Ann Pozzi, PhD, Program Manager, Office of Fellowship Training

There is an art to running a meeting that leads to progress and agreement. Join us to learn about how to structure effective meetings, how to tap into the power of influence (even when you think you have no power), and how to address common meeting roadblocks.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Zoom link:
Password: 734119

Getting Your Clinical Research Funded
Tuesday, May 3, noon to 1 p.m.
Speaker: Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics

This workshop is designed to present strategies, tips, and practical guidance for fellows and junior faculty to obtain funding for clinical research. Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training.

Link to Zoom:
Password: 531837

Harvard Catalyst Overview
Tuesday, May 24, noon to 1 p.m.
Speaker: Gary Gray, HMS Catalyst
Co-sponsored 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.

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.