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Academic Year 2014 - 2015

 

Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

Grant Writing Series: Mock NIH Study Section
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: August 20, 2015
Chair: Dara S. Manoach, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH
Panel members: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, and Director of
the Office for Research Career Development at MGH
Patricia A. D'Amore, PhD, MBA, Charles L. Schepens Professor of
Ophthalmology and Professor of Pathology at MGH
Do you know what happens after you send your grant application to NIH? In this presentation, MGH faculty with experience as NIH reviewers staged a mock review panel to show how grants are evaluated for funding. Three real grants were discussed, including funded and unfunded grants. Participants learned about membership of a typical review panel (study section), responsibilities of review panel members, what happens during the review meeting, what their grant’s priority score means, and how to communicate with NIH staff about their grant.
Click here to view a copy of Dr. Manoach's presentation slides
Click here to view an updated copy of the handouts on the intranet


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
Date: August 11, 2015
This session presented new MGH Research Fellows with an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Career Exploration Series: Careers in Scientific Editing and Publishing
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: August 5, 2015
Speaker: Emilie Marcus, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Cell, CEO, Cell Press
This seminar provided information about career pathways as a scientific editor in the world of journal publishing. It was designed for people interested in maintaining a career in the field science, but away from the bench of research.


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Career Exploration Series: Transitioning from Academia to Consulting
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: July 22, 2015
Participating Companies: Boston Consulting Group, Simon-Kucher, Precision Advisors & others
At this panel attendees heard from consultants (PhDs, MDs) at leading firms, who shared insider perspectives on the transition from academia to consulting. Attendees learned about what consultants actually do and what their lives are like, and how to be competitive in applying for consulting jobs. The panel discussion was followed by Q&A and a networking session.


Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

Digital Tools for Scientists: Collaborative Writing
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: July 21, 2015
Speaker: Alberto Pepe, PhD, Co-Founder, Authorea
Producing a quality manuscript for publication or grant proposal is a collaborative process that involves the input of more than one individual. Traditionally, keeping track of document changes and merging the input from various contributors is time consuming and prone to errors. This session explored novel software solutions providing a robust versioning control system and multi-user editing and merging capabilities.


Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

English as a Second Language for Researchers - Fall 2015 semester
Sponsored by the Office for Research Career Development
The Fall 2015 semester of the English as a Second Language (ESL) for MGH researchers is a 15-week course and runs from September to December 2015. It is geared towards researchers and will cover:
    •  Speaking and Listening
    •  Vocabulary and Grammar
    •  Pronunciation
Classes held at MGH (Simches Research Building) in the evening.
If you have any questions about ESL for Researchers, please email orcd@partners.org.


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Date: July 7, 2015
This session offered new MGH Research Fellows an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

MGPA Industry Careers Exposure (ICE) Club: Your Industry Job Search
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: June 30, 2015
Panelists: Walter Demkowicz, Jr., PhD, Scientific Technical Recruiter; Gabriela Apiou, PhD, Director for Translational Research Training and Development at MGH/HMS; and Erroll Rueckert, PhD, Regional Account Manager, NanoString Technologies
This presentation used sample job descriptions as case studies presented by recruiters and hiring professionals. The speakers discussed job descriptions for different industries and how to find these jobs during the search. Attendees had an opportunity to network and speak with the presenters at the end of the session.


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Date: June 12, 2015
This session offered new MGH Research Fellows an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series

Data Management and Data Integrity
Date: June 9, 2015
Facilitator: Javier Irazoqui, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology Division
This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminar provided strategies for managing laboratory data including maintaining integrity of data for peer review and sharing, managing different data formats (lab notebooks, electronic media, etc.), and ensuring data integrity for intellectual property.
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Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

ORCD Annual Research Fellows Poster Celebration
In collaboration with the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The ORCD Research Fellows Poster Celebration showcases the research accomplishments of MGH Postdocs and Instructors. The morning program included lectures and an awards ceremony, and posters were on display in the Bulfinch Tent the whole day.
Lectures
Research Career Development Lecture- "Smooth Transitions: Taking the First Step to a Fulfilling Career in Science" by Joanne Kamens, PhD, Executive Director, Addgene
Trends in Biomedical Science Lecture- “Neural Interfaces for Restoring Communication and Mobility” by Leigh R. Hochberg, MD, PhD, Senior Lecturer on Neurology, HMS; Associate Professor of Engineering, Brown U; Director, Neurotechnology Trials Unit, MGH Neurology
Click here to view the list of the 2015 poster winners!
Click here to view a copy of the Event Program
Click here to view a copy of the Reference Booklet
Click here to view Dr. Kamens's presentation slides


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series

Responsibilities of Mentors and Mentees
Date: May 21, 2015
Facilitator: Jennifer Temel, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine; Clinical Director, Thoracic Oncology, MGH Cancer Center and Director, Cancer Outcomes Research, MGH Cancer Center
This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminar discussed:
    •  What should you look for in a mentor?
    •  When do you stop needing mentors?
    •  How do you make the transition from mentee to mentor?
This seminar discussed the responsibilities of mentors and mentees, and the characteristics of good mentoring relationships. This seminar helped attendees get the most out of this critical aspect of their career development.
Click here to view the presentation slides


Career Advancement Series

US Clinical Careers for Internationally Trained MDs - Information Session II
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: May 14, 2015
Panelists: Lucia de Gregorio, MD, Research Fellow in Surgery and Elie Ramly, MD, Research Fellow in Surgery
This session covered:
    •  Applying to medical training programs in the U.S.A (residency
       and fellowships)
    •  Making the best of the CV and application package
    •  Setting a timeline for USMLE board exams and related logistics
Click here to view the handouts


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Date: May 8, 2015
This session offered new MGH Research Fellows an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series

Research Integrity - It's a Matter of Trust
Date: April 29, 2015
Facilitators: Gretchen Brodnicki, JD, Dean for Faculty and Research
    Integrity, HMS
Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Office for Research
    Career Development
This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminar discussed:
    •  Public perceptions of scientific research
    •  Integrity in collaborations and publications
    •  Integrity in data management
    •  Perspectives of an HMS policymaker and a senior faculty member
Click here to view the presentation slides


Faculty Development Seminar: Management Series

Building Your Lab Team
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Panelists: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Office for Research Career Development; Ellen Nelson, Manager, Partners Employee and Labor Relations; Patrick Purdon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
This panel discussion was designed for early career faculty who are new to the process of hiring and leading laboratory staff. Topics covered helped attendees in building the best lab team for their new research program. Topics included:
    •  Getting started: who to hire, postdoc or technician
    •  How to hire: interview and selection techniques
    •  Getting your team off to a good start: setting expectations
    •  How to avoid pitfalls and what to do if things go wrong
Click here to view the handout


Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

ORCD Grant Writing Series: NIH Career Development (K) Awards
Date: March 16, 2015
Panelists:
Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Office for Research Career Development; Bakhos Tannous, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology; and Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
This panel discussion described the different NIH career development awards that are available for research fellows and early career faculty. Covered topics included which K award is right for you, selecting the mentor(s), the career development plan, the research plan, and responding to reviewers in a resubmitted grant.
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Faculty Development Seminar: Responsible Conduct of Research Series

Peer Review of Journal Manuscripts
Date: February 4, 2015
Facilitators: Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD, Professor of Dermatology, Clinical Director,    MGH Melanoma & Pigmented Lesion Center and Dennis Brown, PhD,
   Professor of Medicine, Director, Office for Research Career Development
This Responsible Conduct of Research workshop covered:
    •  Overview of the Peer Review process
    •  Journal guidelines and unwritten rules
    •  Ethical consideration for reviewers
In addition, participants were assigned a short basic or clinical research manuscript to read before the session. Participants worked in small groups to review the assigned manuscript guided by the faculty presenters.
Click here to view Reference Article 1
Click here to view Reference Article 2
Click here to view Reference Article 3


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Date: February 3, 2015
This session offered new MGH Research Fellows an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Presented by the Mass General Postdoc Association

MGPA Annual Meeting
Date: January 21, 2015
The MGPA Annual Meeting was an opportunity for all MGH postdoctoral fellows to learn more about the postdoc association, network, and learn valuable information to help their careers. The 2015 meeting will featured: welcoming remarks and career development advice from Professor Dennis Brown, PhD, presentation of the Postdoc Recognition Awards, panel discussion: Making the most of your MGH postdoctoral fellowship, and networking time with speakers, MGPA leaders and the postdoc community Additionally, attendees learned about the next round of the MGPA Travel Awards and how they could be one of the winners.


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards Panel Discussion
Co-sponsored with the Office for Women's Careers
Date: January 13, 2015
Panelists: Andrea L. Ciaranello, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and
       2011 Claflin Award Scholar;
   Basak E. Uygun, PhD,
Instructor in Surgery and 2013 Claflin Award Scholar;
   Karen K. Miller, MD,
Associate Professor of Medicine, 1999 Claflin Award       Scholar and Co-chair of Claflin Award Review Committee
The Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards are designed to provide bridge funding for junior faculty to sustain research productivity during the child-rearing years with the intention of advancing women in academic medicine. In this session, attendees learned:
    •  Eligibility requirements
    •  Tips on putting together your best application
    •  Resources to improve your application
    •  How the award can help advance your career
Click here to view the handouts


Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

English as a Second Language for Researchers - Spring 2015 semester

The Spring 2015 semester of the English as a Second Language (ESL) for MGH researchers is a 15-week course and runs February to May 2015. It is geared towards researchers and will cover:
    •  Speaking and Listening
    •  Vocabulary and Grammar
    •  Pronunciation
Classes held at MGH (Simches Research Building) in the evening.

If you have any questions about ESL for Researchers, please email orcd@partners.org.


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series

Conflict of Interest
Date: December 18, 2014
Facilitators: Rachel Ackman, JD, Senior Research Compliance Associate, MGH Compliance Office; and Raymond Chung, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Vice Chief, Gastrointestinal Unit, Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program
Conflict of interest occurs when an individual has two or more interests or roles that could interfere with making objective professional decisions. This seminar discussed conflicts of interest that may arise in research including those related to financial gain, peer review, and collaborations.
Click here to view the presentation.


Mass General Postdoc Association

Industry Careers Exposure (ICE) Club Panel Discussion
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: December 16, 2014
Panelists: Maja Janas, PhD, Scientist, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; James Mutamba, PhD, Associate, PureTech Ventures; and William Sellers, MD, VP/Global Head of Oncology, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Novartis Oncology
The Industry Subcommittee of the Mass General Hospital Postdoc Association (MGPA) has established the Industry Careers Exposure (ICE) Club. As part of this initiative they invited guests from the biotech, pharma and biopharma industries to visit MGH and discuss their companies, the science that takes place within and their own individual careers.


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Date: December 12, 2014
This session offered new MGH Research Fellows an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Mass General Postdoc Association

Career Pathways Panel Discussion: The Academic Job Search
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: December 8, 2014
Panelists: Irving Bigio, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Boston University; Tayyaba Hasan, PhD, Professor of Dermatology, MGH, Wellman Center for Photomedicine; Kate Jeffrey, PhD, Instructor, Department of Medicine/Gastroenterology, MGH; and Josef Kurtz, PhD, Chair, Department of Biology, Associate Professor of Biology, Emmanuel College
The MGPA hosted a session to learn about the academic job search from the perspective of search committee members and recently hired faculty. Topics covered included: Setting a timeline for your search; What search committees look for in an application; What search committees look for in an interview; and After the offer: negotiating dos and don'ts.


Mass General Postdoc Association

MGPA Career Exploration Panel: Consulting Careers
Sponsored by the Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Panelists: Anais Gervais, PhD, Life Sciences Consultant, Putnam Associates; Manuel Lowenhaupt, MD, Senior Industry Innovation Executive, Accenture plc; Samuel Murphy, PhD, Vice President, IMS Health Capital, Inc.; and Xun Wang, PhD, Senior Analyst, ICON plc
In this panel discussion, panelists described their transition from research and clinical work to consulting. Topics covered included: what it means to work as a consultant, the do's and don'ts for finding a job in consulting firms, which skills are relevant/trasferable, and how big the gap is between the two types of jobs (research and consulting)?


Presented by the Mass General Postdoc Association

MGPA Career Exploration Panel: U.S. Clinical Careers for International MD’s
Date: November 10, 2014
Facilitators: Lucia De Gregorio, MD, Research Fellow in Surgery; Rami Kantar, MD, Research Fellow in Neurology; Elie Ramly, MD, Research Fellow in Surgery
This informative session discussed the USMLE board exams and application to U.S. residency programs for non-U.S. trained medical doctors.
Click here to view the handout


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Series

Responsible Authorship
Date: October 14, 2014
Facilitator: Dennis Brown, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Office for Research Career Development
This seminar presented authorship guidelines and case studies of authorship disputes that equipped participants to discuss and determine appropriate authorship for their research collaborations.
Click here to view the presentation slides
Click here to view the handouts


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Date: October 2, 2014
This session offered new MGH Research Fellows an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Postdoc Appreciation Ice Cream Social

Date: September 15, 2014
In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the ORCD held an event to acknowledge MGH Research Fellows for their scientific contributions to the MGH research enterprise. The world-class research carried out at MGH would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of the 1100+ postdoctoral research fellows.


"Acing the Interview" and Vendor Fair

Presented by The Mass General Postdoc Association
Date: September 11, 2014
This two-part event began with a lecture, "Tips for a Successful Job Interview," led by Lauren Celano, CEO, Propel Careers
. The seminar covered: Performing research on the company and interviewers; Preparing potential interview questions; Customizing your response to the interview questions; and How to create your own “elevator speech". After the lecture, there was a vendor fair where attendees spoke to vendors about the newest equipment and supplies that will advance your research.
Click here to view the handouts


Faculty Development Seminar: Communication Series

English as a Second Language for Researchers
Applications are closed for the Fall 2014 semester of the English as a Second Language (ESL) 15-week course for MGH researchers. The semester will be held from September to December 2014 and is geared towards researchers to help with scientific communication as well as everyday English.

If you have any questions about ESL for Researchers, please email orcd@partners.org.


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

Research Fellow Orientation Lunch
Date: September 4, 2014
This session offered new MGH Research Fellows an overview of the resources, programs and events offered by the Office for Research Career Development (ORCD) and the Mass General Postdoc Association (MGPA).


Faculty Development Seminar: Career Advancement Series

MGH ECOR Fellowships for Postdocs: How to Write a Competitive Application Date: September 3, 2014
Panelists: Iain Drummond, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, MGH Renal Unit; Robert Gerszten, MD, Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division; Kristin White, PhD, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Cutaneous Biology Research Center
This panel discussion helped attendees understand the highly competitive Tosteson and Fund for Medical Discovery application process, including: when is the best time to apply, what factors reviewers consider in ranking your application, and how you can increase your chance of receiving an award.
Click here to view the handouts


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