ORCD Announcement
2018 February 2

The Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) at MGH is a branch of the Center for
Faculty Development (CFD) and was created to facilitate the career advancement of
research faculty and fellows.



  Call for


  Managing Difficult


  RCR Peer


  ICE Club
  Industry Networking

  Transferable Skills


  Identifying Funding

  B-BIC Fast Pitch
  for Funding Event

  Are You Writing a K?
  Get Practical Advice



- CALL FOR ABSTRACTS! 2018 Research Fellow Poster Celebration abstracts due Mar 9-

The Post Doctoral Division's Research Fellow Poster Celebration will take place on May 16, 2018. The annual Poster Celebration highlights the excellent research being done by MGH post doctoral fellows. The Call for Abstracts is now open! All MGH postdocs are invited to submit your research abstract now to present your research to the MGH community at this high-profile event. Abstracts/posters will be evaluated by a review committee, and the top presentations will receive awards and cash prizes.

Abstracts are due at 5:00 pm on Fri, Mar 9.

Please click here for abstract guidelines.

Email pdd@partners.org with questions about the Poster Celebration.


- Managing Difficult Conversations on Mar 1-
    Faculty Development Seminar: Negotiation Series
    Sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development

We all have conversations we avoid, such as raising a sensitive topic with our boss, colleagues or others. The focus of the session will be on the structure of difficult conversations and the systematic errors we make when trying to discuss sensitive or emotional topics. In addition, it will explore the mental shifts that can help you change your difficult conversations into learning conversations.

Facilitator: Gillien Todd, JD, Lecturer, Harvard Law School and Harvard Graduate School
  of Education; Consultant, Triad Consulting

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: MGH Main Campus, details provided upon registration

Faculty with HMS academic appointments, please click here to register.

Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


- RCR: Responsibilities of Scientific Peer Reviewers on Feb 14-
    Responsible Conduct of Research Series

This Responsible Conduct of Research seminar will present an overview of the scientific peer review process, including:
  • Journal guidelines and unwritten rules
  • Ethical considerations for reviewers
  • Case studies of peer review challenges and solutions
Discussion Leaders: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, HMS; Associate Director, Center for
   Systems Biology, MGH; Director, Office for Research Career Development, MGH
Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology, HMS; Clinical Director,
   MGH Melanoma & Pigmented Lesion Center

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: MGH Campus, details provided upon registration

Please click here to register.

This seminar counts as one of the four required lectures in part III of Partners RCR training.
All are welcome, but space is limited and registration preference will be given to those with RCR training requirements. For more information on RCR training, click here.
**For a list of upcoming RCR sessions at MGH and other local sites, please click here.**


1. MGPA ICE Club Industry Networking on Feb 6-
    Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association

The MGPA invites you to participate in their first networking event of the year hosted by the MGPA’s Industry Careers Exposure (ICE) Club. The goal of this event is to expose MGH postdoctoral fellows to career paths in the life sciences industry. There will be a casual atmosphere allowing for MGH postdocs to meet and talk with people from industry, biotech and startups to share experiences and get advice, while enjoying drinks and appetizers. Some complimentary appetizers will be available. Please remember to bring your business cards.

Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location provided upon registration

Please click here to register.

2. How to Evaluate, Build and Highlight Transferable Skills on Feb 23-
    Postdoc Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series
    Sponsored by the Post Doctoral Division

Join Lauren Celano of Propel Careers for this seminar on evaluating, building and highlighting transferable skills. She will provide insight on how to evaluate transferable skills and which skills are valued in various careers. Through this seminar, Lauren will share common non-scientific skills that scientists can apply towards their desired career. She will also provide guidance on how to package scientific and non-scientific skills on resumes, cover letters, and during interviews.
Lauren Celano, MBA Founder and CEO, Propel Careers

Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Location: CNY, details provided upon registration

Please click here to register.


1. Do You Need Help Identifying Funding Opportunities?-

If yes - Make an appointment to meet with Amy Robb, Associate Director for Prospect Research and Funding Opportunities, Corporate & Foundation Relations, MGH Development Office, to set up personalized funding searches. Amy can meet with individuals or small groups who share funding goals. Meetings take place in the CFD.

Please click here to register for a meeting with Amy Robb.

2. B-BIC Fast Pitch for Funding Event on Mar 5-
    Sponsored by Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC)

Do you have an innovative solution or research project for a heart, lung, blood or sleep disorder?
Are you interested in translating your research into a product?
Want to know more about translational resources and funding offered by B-BIC?

This is your chance to step up to the plate! You can privately pitch your research to B-BIC’s translational research and biotech experts and get immediate feedback. Participants will have the opportunity to apply for the B-BIC grant programs, which can provide up to $350,000 per project, business coaching, skills development and project management.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Simches Research Center, 3rd floor, Room 3.130

Please click here for more information, including eligibility requirements and the registration form.

3. Are You Writing a K? Get Practical Advice on Mar 30-
    Sponsored by the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research

This workshop is appropriate for clinical and basic science researchers from all fields. K99 applications will not be discussed in detail.

Speakers: Ingrid Bassett, MD, MPH, Kenneth Freedberg, MD, MSc, Athe Tsibris, MD, and
  Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH
Special Guest: Robin Huebner, PhD, NIAID program officer (by phone)

Date: Friday, March 30, 2018
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm (optional networking lunch at 12:15pm)
Location: Harvard Medical School, Joseph B Martin Conference Center, Rotunda Room

Space is limited. Please click here to register.


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