This page provides a centralized resource to assist faculty members looking to develop skills as educators, researchers and leaders. We encourage you to browse these links, as they can help you better understand available resources while you advance your career in your area of interest. Plans to attend relevant courses and meetings, with milestones, should be incorporated into your own professional development plan as part of your annual review.
This list is updated bi-yearly. Please email us at DOSProfessionalDevelopment@bwh.harvard.edu with feedback and additional resources. We welcome your input!
For academic advancement at Harvard Medical School (HMS), educational activities are broadly defined to include didactic teaching of students, residents, clinical fellows, research fellows and peers; research training and mentorship; clinical teaching and mentorship; and administrative teaching leadership roles. Candidates for promotion will be evaluated on both the quantity and quality of their teaching activities, recognition for their roles as educators and their scholarship. Candidates must demonstrate scholarship, which may include: publication of original research, reviews and chapters; educational material in print or other media, such as syllabi curricula and web-based training modules and courses; and/or educational methods, policy statements and assessment tools developed. Below are local and national resources to help you advance your skills and career as a clinician educator and mentor.
- Association for Surgical Education
- Brigham Education Institute Resources
- Harvard Catalyst – Mentoring Program
- Association of Program Directors in Surgery – 2018 Surgical Education Week
At HMS, investigation is broadly defined to include basic, translational and clinical research, including epidemiology, outcomes and health services research and biostatistics, as well as research in social sciences, ethics, bioinformatics and health economics, among others. Investigation also includes the development of innovative methods/technologies and/or novel applications of existing methods and technologies. An area of excellence in investigation may also be used to recognize the contributions of individuals with research training in diverse fields that bring a unique or critical expertise to the biomedical research team. It includes individuals participating in large collaborative and multicenter research, as well as those conducting research individually or in small groups. Demonstrating scholarship includes first or senior author publications of original research, and/or publications from large multidisciplinary studies on which the candidate was in another authorship position and to which the candidate made documented, significant intellectual contributions.
- AAS Surgery Courses
- Program in Clinical Effectiveness
- Harvard Catalyst – Leadership for Researchers
- Harvard Catalyst – Research Regulatory Talks
- Harvard Catalyst – Online Learning Courses
- ACS Health Services Research Methods Course
- Harvard Catalyst – Bioinformatics Workshop
Leadership is increasingly recognized as a critical and attainable skill for surgeons, both in and out of the operating room, and at all stages of their academic career. In today’s ever changing health care environment, leadership is more important than ever. To advance professionally in any area of focus, surgeons need to manage others and harness resources to attain clinical and academic goals.
- HMS Surgical Leadership Program
- Brigham Leadership Program
- Brigham Women’s Leadership Program
- AAMC Leadership Development Course Catalog
- CMO Leadership Academy
- GME Leadership Development Certificate Program:
- Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program
- Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Certificate Program
- ACS Surgeons as Leaders
- Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers
- Leadership Strategies for Evolving Healthcare Executives
- Leading in Health Systems
- Emerging Women Executives in Healthcare
- Society of University Surgeons – Leadership Agility Course
- AAPL Fundamentals of Physician Leadership Series
- HMS Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare
- HMS Leadership Development for Physicians and Scientists
- International Leadership Development Program for Physicians
- ACS Surgical Leadership and Advocacy Summit
- AAMC Groups, Councils and Organizations
- Transforming Conflict into Collaboration
- Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
- Mid-Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
- Leadership and Management Foundations for Academic Medicine and Science
- Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
- Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar
- Organizational Leadership in Academic Medicine
Quality and Safety
Health care quality is obtaining the best possible outcomes given the circumstances and resources. Health care safety is reducing the risk of unnecessary harm to the minimum acceptable level. In today’s health care environment, surgeons are increasingly responsible for managing the quality and safety of their teams, as well as themselves.