Nancy J. Tarbell, MD Faculty Development Lecture Series Session Title: "Work and Purpose in Challenging Times"

In commemoration of Faculty Development Month, the Center for Faculty Development invites you to the thirteenth annual Nancy J. Tarbell, MD, Faculty Development Lecture Series. The lecture was established to honor Dr. Tarbell’s dedication and leadership. She was the founding Director of both the MGH Center for Faculty Development and the Office for Women’s Careers where she was instrumental in advancing and promoting the academic careers of MGH faculty.

In this lecture, Clayton Spencer, president of Bates College, discussed Bates’ nationally recognized Purposeful Work program, designed and built under her direction beginning in 2014. Based on the premise that meaningful work, however each individual defines it, is fundamental to shaping a life, the program helps students figure out how to navigate the evolving worlds of work based on developing their own sense of identity, agency, and purpose. The principles at the heart of the Purposeful Work program apply equally to adults in the workforce, as they strive to learn, grow, progress, or change gears throughout their careers. Clayton described the philosophy that animates Bates’ approach and offer perspectives on the impact of the pandemic years on ideas of work and purpose.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to:

  • Understand the importance of purpose in generating a fulfilling work experience and overall wellbeing.
  • Explore frameworks for defining one’s own purpose that are coherent and have practical application.
  • Consider the role of purpose in choosing and navigating careers in healthcare.
  • Examine the implications of the pandemic on the ability to each of us to find purpose in our work and lives.

This activity is intended for: Faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD

Clayton Spencer, JD, as served as president of Bates College since 2012. Under Clayton’s leadership, Bates has made significant advances in its academic program, the student experience, and fundraising. Clayton came to Bates from Harvard, where she served for fifteen years on the university’s senior leadership team, including seven years as Vice President for Policy. At Bates, in addition to the Purposeful Work program, the college has established a program in Digital and Computational Studies; built a new, $50 million science center that houses state-of-the art classrooms and labs for teaching and research; launched a $100 million initiative to increase the number of Pell and low-income students at Bates; and secured significant grant funding for initiatives focused on curricular transformation and inclusive pedagogy in STEM and the humanities. Before Harvard, Clayton worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy as Chief Education Counsel in the United States Senate, and, prior to that, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Massachusetts.


Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD

For questions regarding the registration process, please contact Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at

You may print individual certificates throughout the year; your cumulative list of sessions attended is accessible on your transcript.


Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Session date: 
05/11/2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation

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