Education and Training

Research Evaluation and Support Core Unit (RESCU)

The RESCU Core provides diverse but critical assistance to trainees both in terms of helping them write pivotal and important papers that contribute to clinical research, knowledge in arthritis and in terms of helping them refine their ideas by subjecting those ideas to the cauldron of constructive criticism that RESCU presents. Trainees, postdoctoral students and faculty interact regularly face-to-face with one another to provide methodologic expertise for studies and help when a study is being designed or carried out. Visiting speakers also participate in RESCU meetings, providing insights into emerging research fields that can be applicable to rheumatic disease research and fostering new interdisciplinary collaborative opportunities. Beginning in 2019 we have opened the docket of the RESCU meeting once monthly to presentations from members of our research community who are not part of the core group of investigators.

RESCU attendees consist of faculty (physicians, statisticians, and epidemiologists), rheumatology fellows, post-docs, project managers, data analysts, and graduate students. The meeting starts at 9:30 and lasts about 2 hours depending on the number of presentations.

During the meeting, we often review research proposals, abstracts and manuscripts, and discuss new research ideas. We also invite outside speakers to give talks on their research.

Presenters often talk about their research for about one hour in a very informal setting. If possible, participants will send copies of their presentation for distribution to attendees. Questions may be asked during the talk or when the presentation is complete.

RESCU meetings take place every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 am in X231.

2019 RESCU Calendar


Dr. Felson directs the CREST (Clinical Research Training) Program now under the auspices of the Training and Education Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Since its inception in 1999 as a K30, the CREST Program has trained and mentored fellows and junior faculty interested in pursuing clinical research careers. The primary components of the CREST program at BUSM include a biweekly seminar, research and career mentoring, an IRB internship and course work leading to an advanced degree at BU School of Public Health and BU School of Medicine’s MSCI Program.

Students with a doctoral degree in the health sciences (MD, DDS, DMD, or PhD) are eligible to apply to the CREST program for comprehensive training in clinical research including epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, health services research, biobehavioral research and translational research.

For details on our Clinical Research Training Program (CREST), please view the Education and Training Section of our BU CTSI.