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Past Events & Programs

Academic Year 2018 - 2019
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development (including the Office for Clinical Careers, Office for Research Career Development, Office for Women's Careers, Graduate Student Division, and Post Doctoral Division)

Faculty Development Seminar: Leadership Series

11th Annual Nancy J. Tarbell, MD Faculty Development Lectureship Series
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Facilitator: Keith Lillemoe, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief; Chief, Department of Surgery, MGH; W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery, HMS
Click here for video of session

 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series

Rigor and Reproducibility in Scientific Research
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Facilitator: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, HMS; Director of the
  Office for Research Career Development, Director of the Program in
  Membrane Biology and Associate Director of the Center for System
  Biology, MGH
Rigor and reproducbility are key factors in strong scientific research. This seminr discussed the considertaion of these factors in research design, and how to describe them in NIH funding applications, including rigor of prior research (scientific premise); experimental design for robust, unbiased results; consideration of relevant biological variables; and authentication of key biological and/or chemical reagents.

 

Education Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Lessons Learned: How to Write a Successful Fellowship Application
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Division
Date: April 11, 2019
Facilitator: Alexandra K. Gold, PhD student, Clinical Fellow in Psychology Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, MGH
In this session PhD student Alexandra Gold discussed the elements that go into a successful Fellowship application, including: How to pick a research project; How to select sponsors and mentors; and What to emphasize in a solid training plan.

 

Education Seminar: Communication Series

Managing Difficult Conversations
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development
Date: April 10, 2019
Facilitator: Gillien Todd, JD, Lectureer, Harvard Law School and Harvard
  Graduate School of Education; Consultant, Triad Consulting
The focus of the session was on the structure of difficult conversations and the systematic errors we make when trying to discuss sensitive or emotional topics. In addition, it explored the mental shifts that can help you change your difficult conversations into learning conversations.

 

Communication Series and Responsible Conduct of Research Series

Mock NIH Study Section
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: March 26, 2019
Speakers: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, HMS; Director, Office for
   Research Career Development, Director, Program in Membrane Biology, and
   Associate Director, the Center for Systems Biology, MGH
 Patricia D’Amore, PhD, MBA, Charles L. Schepens Professor of
   Ophthalmology and Professor of Pathology, HMS; and Director of Research,
   Schepens Eye Research Institute, MEEI
  Nick Dyson, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Mary B. Saltonstall Chair in
   Oncology, HMS; Scientific Director of the Cancer Center, MGH; James and
   Shirley Curvey MGH Research Scholar
  Jill Goldstein, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, HMS; Executive Director of the
   Women, Heart and Brain Global Initiative, MGH
This “mock” study section provided a window into the NIH grant review process. The session also featured HMS faculty with extensive NIH study section experience.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

Educational Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Acing Your Interview
Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Division and the Post Doctoral Division
Date: March 21, 2019
Facilitator: Lauren Celano, MBA, Founder and CEO, Propel Careers
This educational seminar provided participants with tips and advice for academic and non-academic interviews.

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

New Research Fellow Orientation
Sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division
Date: March 22, 2019
This was an exclusive event for MGH Research Fellows/Post Docs. New Research Fellows were encouraged to attend our orientation lunch where we covered career development resources and opportunities available to them here at the MGH. Participants also had the chance to meet staff from the Office for Research Career Development, the Post Doctoral Division, volunteers from the MGPA and, of course, other post docs!

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Career Exploration Discussion: Technology Transfer and Licensing
Sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division
Date: March 14, 2019
This panel discussion featured scientists who are growing their careers at Partners Innovation. Participants learned how the panelists transitioned to this career path. Current openings for entry-level positions at Partners Innovation were discussed.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

Scholarly Writing Seminar Series
Sponsored by the Office for Clinical Careers
Dates: March 7 & 13, 2019
Facilitator: Theodore Stern, MD, Director, Office for Clinical Careers, MGH;
  Chief Emeritus, the Avery D. Weisman, MD Psychiatry Consultation Service,
  MGH; Director, Thomas P. Hackett Center for Scholarship in Psychosomatic
  Medicine, MGH; Ned H. Cassem Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of
  Psychosomatic Medicine, HMS; Editor-in-Chief of Psychosomatics
This two part series helped clinicians improve their scholarly writing and productivity. Participants learned how to clarify goals, select a target audience for writing, create an outline and avoid obsessive perfectionism.
Click here to view the handouts.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

Speaking Up and Giving Feedback: Mastering Conversations Up and Down the Ladder
Sponsored by the Office for Clinical Careers
Date: February 28, 2019
Facilitator: Rebecca D. Minehart, MD, MSHPEd, Assistant Professor, HMS; Program Director of Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, MGH
This interactive workshop discussed the importance of speaking up across authority gradients, as well as giving effective receiver-focused feedback. An array of strategies and techniques were demonstrated. Using simulated cases, participants had opportunities to practice in a supportive environment.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

New Research Fellow Orientation
Sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division
Date: February 27, 2019
This was an exclusive event for MGH Research Fellows/Post Docs. New Research Fellows were encouraged to attend our orientation lunch where we covered career development resources and opportunities available to them here at the MGH. Participants also had the chance to meet staff from the Office for Research Career Development, the Post Doctoral Division, volunteers from the MGPA and, of course, other post docs!

 

Responsible Conduct of Research Series

Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: February 26, 2019
Speaker: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, HMS; Director,
   Office for Research Career Development, Director, Program in Membrane
   Biology, and Associate Director, the Center for Systems Biology, MGH
This interactive seminar covered the characteristics of good mentoring relationships at all stages of a research career, including the best practices for an effective mentor, transitioning from mentee to mentor and how to build your mentoring network.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

How to Format Your HMS CV
Date: February 7, 2019
Facilitator: Tara Lauriat, PhD, Program Director for Faculty Appointments, Office
   for Faculty Affairs, HMS
The Office for Faculty Affairs at HMS reviewed details of the HMS CV format, including any recent changes to the formatting requirements. This seminar was particularly helpful for faculty who are thinking about or preparing for academic promotion.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Can I/Should I Be Promoted? A Discussion for Clinical Faculty
Sponsored by the Office for Clinical Careers
Date: January 31, 2019
Facilitator: Theodore Stern, MD, Director, Office for Clinical Careers, MGH;
  Chief Emeritus, the Avery D. Weisman, MD Psychiatry Consultation Service,
  MGH; Director, Thomas P. Hackett Center for Scholarship in Psychosomatic
  Medicine, MGH; Ned H. Cassem Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of
  Psychosomatic Medicine, HMS; Editor-in-Chief of Psychosomatics
This interactive seminar designed for MGH clinical faculty with HMS academic appointments helped participants consider the possibilities regarding your promotion, understand the promotion process for clinical faculty, and consider priorities and achieve their career goals.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Postdoc to Industry: What to Expect
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA)
Date: January 30, 2019
Former MGH postdocs described their experience with moving into industry positions. Topics included how they obtained the position, how they managed the transition with their academic coworkers, and how life in an industry job has differed from academic life.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Leadership Series

No Official Title? No Problem! Influencing Without Authority
Sponsored by the Office for Women's Careers
Date: January 29, 2019
Speaker: Ank Stuyfzand, LLM, MAOL, PCC, Clinical Professor of
  Management, Sawyer Business School
This interactive workshop exlplored the key factors for becoming more influential; ways to build credibility, strengthen relationships, and enhance your communication style... all to increase your ability to influence those critical to your success.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Negotiation Series

Conflict Management at Work
Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development, the Post Doctoral Division,
  and the Graduate Student Division

Date: January 9, 2019
Facilitator: Melissa Brodrick, MEd, Harvard Medical School Ombudsperson
A seminar for MGH faculty and research fellow with HMS academic appointments and MGH PhD graduate students in research.
This seminar explored the benefits of understanding conflict and provide a pragmatic, situational approach to conflict resolution. Melissa Brodrick demonstrated how and when to use the conflict-handling styles effectively and coach participants to initiate productive dialogue to deal with conflict situations.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

New Research Fellow Orientation
Sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division
Date: December 17, 2018
This was an exclusive event for MGH Research Fellows/Post Docs. New Research Fellows were encouraged to attend our orientation lunch where we covered career development resources and opportunities available to them here at the MGH. Participants also had the chance to meet staff from the Office for Research Career Development, the Post Doctoral Division, volunteers from the MGPA and, of course, other post docs!

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Work-Life Balance Series

Managing Parenthood and Your Career: Transitioning to Parenthood
Co-sponsored with the Office for Women's Careers
Date: December 12, 2018
Panelists:
 Leonora Balaj, PhD, Instructor of Neurosurgery, HMS; Co-investigator in the
  Carter Lab, MGH
 Jenna Galloway, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at the Center for
  Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at
  MGH and HMS
 Emily Hyle, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS; Infectious
  Disease Physician, MGH; Clinical Investigator, Medical Practice Evaluation Ctr
A panel discussion on work-life balance and keeping your career on track during the first years of parenthood. Discussion topics included: Navigating the first months of parenthood; Returning from parental leave; Choosing/finding childcare that works for your career and family; and Time management as a parent of infants and toddlers.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Negotiation Series

Speaking Up: How to Represent Yourself & Get Your Ideas Heard
Date: December 6, 2018
Facilitators: Gillien Todd, JD, Lecturer, Harvard Law School and Harvard
  Graduate School of Education; Consultant, Triad Consulting
 Debbie Goldstein, JD, Lecturer, Harvard Law School and Lecturer,
  Harvard Graduate School of Education; Principal and Managing Director,
  Triad Consulting
During this interactive session facilitators examined common roadblocks to effective assertion and offered practical tips to help professionals speak up more effectively.

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Work-Life Balance Series

Green Card Info Session
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: December 4, 2018
Participants learned about the process and requirements for the USA permanent residence application.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

Are You Ready to Write an R01?
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: November 27, 2018
Facilitator: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, HMS; Director of the
   Office for Research Career Development, Director of the Program in Membrane
   Biology, and Associate Director of the Center for Systems Biology, MGH
A great research project is not enough to make a successful grant. This seminar discussed numerous key factors that must be in place before a researcher is ready to submit a competitive R01 grant application to NIH, including: Independence, Reputation, Publications, Environment, Collaborators, Timing, Preliminary data and Writing support
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Good Science and Balanced Life as a Postdoc
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: November 15, 2018
As a hard-working and dedicated MGH postdoc, are you seeking to improve your mentoring?
Are you questioning how to be more successful in your career and personal life?
Then join the MGPA Salon and listen to wonderful pieces of advice on: outstanding career paths; ways to balance life and work; and how to build up "allyship" and "mentorship".

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Leadership Series

Developing Presence
Sponsored by the Office for Women's Careers
Date: November 14, 2018
Facilitator: Angie O’Donnell, MBA, Co-Founder, 3D Leadership Group
Today's leaders need more than a great resume, they need Presence - the ability to connect, inspire and influence others at all levels.
In this workshop, participants learned three elements of Presence that apply to everyone and can easily be learned and refined. Participants left with some tips and techniques for: creating a positive first impression, enhancing verbal presence and being intentional about connecting with others.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Work-Life Balance Series

Making the Most of Your MGH/MGPO Benefits
Date: November 13, 2018
Speaker: Dee Dee Chen, MS, Director, Professional Staff Compensation and
  Benefits Office, MGH
The Professional Staff Compensation and Benefits Office explained changes for 2019 and answered benefits questions from faculty.
Click here to view the presentation slides on the intranet.
Click here to visit the MGH/MGPO Professional Staff Benefits Office.

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation
Sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division
Date: November 9, 2018
This was an exclusive event for MGH Research Fellows/Post Docs. New Research Fellows were encouraged to attend our orientation lunch where we covered career development resources and opportunities available to them here at the MGH. Participants also had the chance to meet staff from the Office for Research Career Development, the Post Doctoral Division, volunteers from the MGPA and, of course, other post docs!

 

Education Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Looking Your Best on Paper: Building a CV or Resume
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Division
Date: November 1, 2018
Facilitator: Lauren Celano, MBA, Founder and CEO, Propel Careers
This seminar helped participants prepare their CV/Resume for academia, industry or for a more general career exploration.
At this seminar participants learned to:
    • Tailor their CV/Resume to their goals
    • Highlight and build transferable skills and experience
    • Focus the content and structure
    • Apply value added tips and tricks

 

Responsible Conduct of Research Series

Exorcising the Ghosts - Managing Problems with Coauthors
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: October 30, 2018
Speaker: Roland C. Merchant, MD, MPH, ScD, Member of the Faculty of
  Emergency Medicine, HMS; Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) session presented the basic guidelines on responsible authorship, and discussed common scenarios and case studies that helped participants think through the challenges that can arise between co-authors.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Negotiation Series

Dealing with Difficult Tactics
Date: October 15, 2018
Speaker: Robert C. Bordone, JD, Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law
   at Harvard Law School
In this advanced interactive seminar, participants learned strategies on how to handle negotiators who use difficult tactics, stonewalling, and hard-bargaining
at the negotiation table. The session combined lecture and in-class demonstration that equipped participants with a menu of responses to increase the likelihood of neutralizing difficult behaviors and producing cooperative and value-creating outcomes.

 

Education Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Overview of Career Opportunities in the Life Science Sector
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Division
Date: October 11, 2018
This seminar focused on career opportunities and provided an overview of the skills needed to excel within each type of role.
At this seminar participants learned about: Research and non-research career paths such as consulting product development, etc.; Numerous opportunities in non-profit and for-profit organizations; and Transferable skills, their importance and how to highlight them for specific roles.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

Can I Really Write a Book?
Sponsored by the Office for Clinical Careers
Date: October 10, 2018
Speaker: Theodore Stern, MD, Ned H. Cassem Professor of Psychiatry in the
  Field of Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation, HMS; Director of the Office for
  Clinical Careers, Chief Emeritus of the Avery D. Weisman, MD, Psychiatry
  Consultation Service, and Director of the Thomas P. Hackett Center for
  Scholarship in Psychosomatic Medicine, MGH
In this interactive seminar, participants learned strategies for formulating their ideas, writing and collaborating on chapters, editing, and finding a publisher.
Click here to view the presentation slides.
Click here to view the handouts.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

MGH New Faculty Orientation
Date: October 4, 2018
The Center for Faculty Development hosted the annual MGH New Faculty Orientation for faculty across all departments that recently joined MGH. This served as an opportunity for faculty to hear from senior leaders and to familiarize themselves with key information to enhance their MGH experience. The three-hour session provided an overview of the MGH environment and faculty resources.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Drafting Your Chief's Letter
Date: September 27, 2018
Speaker: Theodore Stern, MD, Ned H. Cassem Professor of Psychiatry in the
  Field of Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation, HMS; Director of the Office for
  Clinical Careers, Chief Emeritus of the Avery D. Weisman, MD, Psychiatry
  Consultation Service, and Director of the Thomas P. Hackett Center for
  Scholarship in Psychosomatic Medicine, MGH
This interactive session focused on the structure and components of the department head nominating letter also known as 'the Chief's Letter'. Using a real life example, participants learnt how to write a compelling and convincing letter for the Harvard Medical School promotion committees and convey their story in order for their promotion to move forward.
Click here to view the presentation slides.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Panel Discussion
Co-Sponsored by the Office for Women's Careers and the Office for Research Career Development
Date: September 25, 2018
Speakers:
 Esther E. Freeman, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of
  Dermatology, 2017 Claflin Award Winner
 Gina R. Kruse, MD, MS, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,
  2016 Claflin Award Winner
 Karen K. Miller, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Co-Chair, ECOR
  review committee, 1999 Claflin Award Winner
Moderator: Ann M. Skoczenski, PhD, Senior Program Manager, Department
  of Medicine, Director, Office for Women's Careers
Would you like to know more about the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards?
These awards are designed to provide bridge funding for junior faculty women to sustain research productivity during the child-rearing years with the intention of advancing women in academic medicine.
This discussion had covered: information on how the award can help advance your career; advice from recent Claflin Scholars; tips on putting together your best application; resources to help you apply.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Teaching Careers for Scientists 101
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: September 24, 2018
HMS Curriculum Fellows Program Speakers:
  Kate McDonnell-Dowling, PhD, Curriculum Fellow, HMX Office of
   Online Learning
  Deepali Ravel, PhD, Curriculum Fellow, Infectious Diseases Consortium
  Taralyn Tan, PhD Curriculum Fellow, HMS Neurobiology
This seminar covered the basics of teaching careers for scientists including: different types of educational roles/careers including teaching, administration, and curriculum development; different types of educational settings such as K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and online education; experience needed for each career path; practical tips for building teaching skills during your early career through opportunities such as outreach programs, adjunct teaching, coursework, and online resources.
Click here to view the presentation.

 

Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation
Sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division
Date: September 20, 2018
This was an exclusive event for MGH Research Fellows/Post Docs. New Research Fellows were encouraged to attend our orientation lunch where we covered career development resources and opportunities available to them here at the MGH. Participants also had the chance to meet staff from the Office for Research Career Development, the Post Doctoral Division, volunteers from the MGPA and, of course, other post docs!

 

Postdoc Appreciation Events

Ice Cream Social and Panel Discussion: Making the Most of Your Postdoc
Co-sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division and the Mass General
  Postdoc Association

Date: September 17, 2018
In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, and all of your hard work throughout the year, we hosted an Ice Cream Social! After, participants were invited to stay for an inspiring panel discussion: "Making the Most of Your Postdoc". They learned the steps our panel of speakers took during their postdoctoral years that proved successful in their career transitions.

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Leadership Series

Annual Women in Medicine Month Lecture
Co-sponsored by the MGH Office for Women's Careers and Human Resources
Date: September 12, 2018
This event celebrated Women in Medicine month. The annual lecture featured Kathryn M. Rexrode, MD, MPH, as she shared advice on career success and advancement.
Click here to watch the video.
Click here to view the presentation.

 

Graduate Student Division: Networking Series

"FALL KICK-OFF" Graduate Student Back to School Social
Sponsored by the Graduate Student Division
Date: September 6, 2018
A welcome back graduate student social networking event for MGH Graduate students with ice cream and prizes.

Office for Research Career DevelopmentCenter for Faculty Development Office for Women's Careers Graduate Student Division Post Doctoral Division