General Pediatrics Fellowship – Participation in the CREST program
The Boston University Clinical Research Training (CREST) program was established in 1999, as part of the NIH K30 initiative, under the direction of David Felson, MD. The purpose of this program is to enhance training in patient-oriented research through formal course work and mentoring of fellows on the BUSM campus.
Since its establishment, the fellows in the NRSA training program have become part of the CREST program. Under Dr. Felson’s direction, the summer course in biostatistics and epidemiology was extensively revised and improved. Second, a biweekly CREST seminar was begun.
Fellows present at least once year, with senior leadership of the CREST program in attendance. In addition, other critically important issues, such as IRB approval, mentoring, the relationship of the genome project to clinical research, writing a grant and data management are also presented. This seminar augments the Fellows Seminars as discussed above.
Although we are just beginning to obtain information from our trainees, we believe that participation in the CREST seminar has further enhanced our training program. The fellows are exposed to research projects from other disciplines, and senior faculty presents the didactic topics from the BUSM campus. Learn more about CREST (PDF).