Office for Clinical and Academic Affairs

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Anne E. Becker, PhD, MD
Dean for Clinical and Academic Affairs
Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

At Harvard Medical School, more than 11,000 faculty members are working to advance the boundaries of knowledge in labs, classrooms and clinics. The Office for Clinical and Academic Affairs promotes and supports these dedicated researchers, teachers and physicians.

Mission Statement

To advance excellence in academic endeavors, ethical standards, and service by developing and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community.

The Office for Clinical and Academic Affairs promotes, coordinates and supports the clinical and academic activities of HMS faculty with an emphasis on faculty development and diversity through the following programs:

HMS Initiatives, Programs, Centers and Institutes (IPCI)

HMS has a strong interest in promoting new and established Initiatives, Programs, Centers and Institutes (hereafter referred to as Centers) in order to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation that is essential to its mission.

HMS Task Force on Faculty Development and Diversity

In order to advance faculty development and diversity at HMS, former Dean, Jeffrey Flier convened a task force in 2009 with the charge of defining and prioritizing faculty development and diversity needs. From 2009 to 2019 the task force was chaired by Nancy Tarbell, former Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs, and comprised of over 60 faculty and staff from HMS and the affiliated community.

Clinical Department Review Program

The Clinical Department Review Program, started in 2000, is a joint venture between Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals to review the activities of clinical departments on approximately an eight-year cycle. The review is a constructive process that uses a broad-based perspective in evaluating departmental leadership and overall operation with a focus on key areas in clinical care, research and education.

HMS Foundation Funds

The HMS Foundation Funds Program administers the nomination process for HMS/HSDM faculty and postdocs for funding opportunities from private foundations that require candidates to be nominated by either Harvard Medical School or Harvard University. Interested investigators must first apply internally through the HMS Foundation Funds, and a committee will select the final candidates who will then submit applications to the foundations.

To achieve the goals of our mission, the dean for Clinical and Academic Affairs oversees three vital offices:

A welcoming event introducing new faculty to key resources and academic leaders

Resources to assist faculty with career advancement in academic medicine.

Important faculty guidelines ranging from faculty promotions to academic integrity

Updated criteria and tools for creating a personalized promotion profile.

Tools, training and technologies to support clinical and translational collaborative research.

Tools and tips for mentees

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Opportunities for faculty recognition

Limited submission funding opportunities