Melissa Brodrick, the Ombudsperson for the Harvard University Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health, shared her annual report with the Harvard Medical School Faculty Council earlier this year. Although the report itself was not published, the proceedings give insight on her cases and activities at the leading medical school.
Brodrick shared information about the general demographics of those visiting the Ombuds Office and the kinds of issues they self-report. Self-reported issues include those related to career management, research, work/academic environment, sexual harassment, discrimination, fair treatment and interpersonal dynamics. She noted an increase in people engaging in informal mediation and group facilitation and a high volume of training requests, and expects a substantial increase from the 35 training sessions provided to the schools and affiliates in the past year.