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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.

Our Dropbox also includes the 7/19/2022 Orientation for New Faculty Video Recording.

Fall 2022 events

To register, email:

Faculty Peer Support Virtual Kick-off Meeting
Friday September 23, 12 to 1 p.m., via Zoom

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 discuss challenges and solutions in areas of career, family, and personal development.

Apple-Picking Expedition at Westward Orchards
Saturday September 24, 1 to 4 p.m.
178 Mass Ave., Harvard, Massachusetts
Host: Alicia Casey, MD

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.  We will meet by the playground at 1:00 PM  –  just look for the  pop-up tent. We will update all registered attendees regarding Westward’s COVID-19 protocols in September. To register, please email with approximate number of adults and kids. There is no admission fee; each family is responsible for their own apple purchases.

Click here for directions

Women in Medicine and Science Month Grand Rounds (streamed in Folkman Auditorium and on Zoom)
Wednesday, September 28, 12:00 noon to 1 p.m
Speaker: Marsha Moses, Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Surgery, HMS; Director, Vascular Biology Program

Title: Rationally designed precision theranostics for cancer and its metastases

No registration required

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion

Finding Funding Opportunities
Thursday, October 13, noon to 1 p.m., Zoom presentation
Speakers: Theresa Applegate, MPA, Senior Director of Sponsored Programs; Lu-Ann Pozzi, PhD, Office of Fellowship Training, Administrative Director

This workshop will provide participants with information on finding grant opportunities that match their research needs. Among the topics presented include: the types of funding opportunities available to Boston Children's fellows and junior faculty — including institutional resources available to Boston Children's applicants; how to conduct valuable web searches; effectively reviewing application guidelines and eligibility requirements; creating an application timeline; advice from peer reviewers; and how to be a successful awardee.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Digital Imaging Essentials
Tuesday, October 25, 12 noon to 1 p.m, Zoom presentation
Speaker: Beth Beighlie, HMS Research Computing, Senior Client Services Representative

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.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

Introduction to ICite
Thursday, October 27, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m, Zoom presentation
Speaker: Chloe Rotman, MLIS, Manager of BCH Library Services

This brief workshop will cover the basics of individual-level bibliometrics, how to navigate common tools like iCite and Web of Science, and offer points of comparison between the two. There will be time for questions and discussion, as well as information about how the Medical Library can help you track your bibliometrics.

Communicating in a Multi-cultural Environment (Zoom)
Tuesday, November 1, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Speakers: Jenn Mahony, JD, BCH Ombuds Office Director; Lu-Ann Pozzi, PhD, OFT Administrative Director

In a multicultural organization, communication sets the foundation for supporting a learning culture. Cultural nuances exist within every nation, ethnicity, and organization, presenting multicultural teams with significant challenges. This interactive workshop will discuss different definitions of culture and communication styles. Tools will also be provided to promote a diverse and inclusive culture consistent with BCH's core values.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and the Office of Fellowship Training

HMS Faculty and Trainees are invited to attend the annual HMS/CHADD Mentoring Course: Mentoring in a Hybrid World
Friday, November 4, 2 to 5 p.m.

For information on content, speakers, and registration, see CHADD The Consortium of Harvard Affiliated Offices for Faculty Development and Diversity

Negotiating Up
Tuesday, November 8, 12 noon to 1 p.m., Zoom presentation
Speaker: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, Director and Ombuds, Harvard Ombuds Office, Longwood

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

Inaugural Fenwick Institute Pediatric Health Equity Policy Research Symposium (Zoom)
Wednesday, November 16, 10 a.m to 3 p.m., Zoom presentation
BCH MSO Visiting Professorship Grand Rounds 12 – 1 PM,
Speaker: Joseph Betancourt, MD, MGH SVP, Equity and Community

See attached flyer for schedule, speakers, registration and Zoom information.

Co-sponsored by the Sandra L. Fenwick Institute for Pediatric Health Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Faculty Development

Making Science Fiber Arts (in-person, BCH Karp Commons Library)
Tuesday, November 29, noon to 1 p.m.
Host: Elissa Weitzman, ScD

The BCH Making Science Fiber Arts group will gather in person at the Karp Digital Media Room Please bring your lunch!  Masks are optional when not eating.

Come join us and bring your work in progress! This is an open invitation to makers at all skill levels – whether you knit, crochet, sew or other.

Getting  Your K Award Funded
Tuesday, December 6, noon to 1 p.m., via Zoom
Speaker: Maria Kontaridis, PhD, Director of Research, Masonic Medical Research Institute and Associate Professor Medicine, HMS

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.

Self-Help Strategies in a Challenging World Workshop
Friday, December 16, 12p.m., via Zoom
Overview on self-care in our perfectionist culture: Lauren Mednick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Surgery
Meal Planning: Christine Sinclair, MA, MS, RD, LDN, Registered Dietician, Stop & Shop
Fitness Routines: Shawn Cameron, MS, LAT, ATC, PES, Micheli Center Injury Prevention Specialist
Meditation: Emily Davidson, MD, RYT, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics

This workshop will focus on practical self-help strategies to get the most daily self-care despite a busy or stressful schedule in an environment that prizes perfectionism. Our panelists will cover meal planning, fitness routines, and meditation techniques that can bring some relief and joy to your day.

Link to Zoom:
Password: 266295

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.