Friday, March 26, 2010

MGH Center for Faculty Development restructures

ADVANCING CAREERS: From left, back row, Rigotti and Stern. Front row, Hasan, Klibanski and Lawton

Dedicated to the career advancement of hospital faculty members, the MGH Center for Faculty Development (CFD) has been a vital resource for MGH faculty in support of their careers. Since its establishment in 2005, the CFD has offered a variety of seminars, programs and events -- approximately 60 each academic year -- aimed at enhancing the professional careers of clinical and research faculty. Over the past year, the CFD engaged in an extensive and thoughtful restructuring process and approved several new appointments to further enhance its comprehensive program.

Anne Klibanski, MD, chief of the Neuroendocrine Unit and director of the Neuroendocrine and Pituitary Tumor Clinical Center, has been appointed director of the CFD. Klibanski has long been dedicated to faculty development, as well as the mentoring of junior faculty. She begins her new role April 1, while continuing her current roles at the MGH and Harvard Medical School. Donna Lawton, MS, has been promoted to executive director of the center. As a committed CFD administrator, Lawton was a vital contributor to the CFD restructuring process.

Another significant change is the establishment of a new CFD component, the Office for Clinical Careers (OCC), created to facilitate the career advancement of MGH clinical faculty. Directed by Theodore Stern, MD, chief of the MGH Psychiatric Consultation Service, the OCC aims to enhance overall job satisfaction and increase the number of clinical faculty promoted by academic criteria as well as the retention of clinical faculty.

The Office for Women’s Careers (OWC), another office of the CFD, also undergoes a change with the appointment of Nancy Rigotti, MD, director of the MGH Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, as the director. Rigotti has a deep interest in women’s health and careers and in mentoring in general.

"The appointments of Drs. Rigotti and Stern as OWC and OCC directors will enable the center to support the career development of many talented clinical and women faculty members," says Klibanski. "Dr. Tayyaba Hasan will continue as director of the Office of Research Careers, thereby allowing the CFD to provide comprehensive support for the diverse career faculty pathways at MGH."

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