As of February 8, 2021, OUHSC now requires all individuals who conduct or oversee research, or who are eligible to conduct research or oversee research - including managing research accounts (administrative and/or financial aspects) to complete the required training course on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All categories of individuals at OUHSC are included in this requirement (faculty, staff, students, residents, postdocs etc). This requirement is in addition to any other RCR training that individuals may have taken to date, and is separate from any academic program requirements for students or Postdoctoral Fellows. Please contact your supervisor or departmental business manager if you have questions regarding whether you must complete the Research Integrity training.
Please note that all Graduate College students and Postdoctoral Fellows at OUHSC, as well as all individuals conducting research in HSC labs who are appointed as trainees on NIH, NSF, AHA, or other awards, will have additional training requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Those individuals should contact the Graduate College for more information.
About the Required Course: "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)" - CITI Program
This course provides an in-depth overview of core RCR topics including data management, authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, human subjects, financial responsibility, research misconduct and more. Case studies and video examples are used to supplement key concepts. Each module of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course consists of an introduction, basic foundation text, embedded case studies, and quiz questions.
The "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)" course has 13 modules that can be completed individually as schedules allow; it is estimated each module will take 20 minutes to complete and each module quiz must be passed with a score of at least 80% (can be repeated until desired score is achieved). Once all 13 modules have been completed, a certificate of completion will be issued for the course.
* Please note: The "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)" course is different from other CITI course(s) required by the Office of Human Research Participant Protection for IRB protocols.
Frequency of Training
Research Integrity training is required for all individuals at OUHSC who are eligible to conduct or oversee research activities at least every four years. This timing is modeled on National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements. Continuing education in the responsible conduct of research is critical for maintaining the ethics and standards of research integrity.
The required Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course from CITI Program will be valid at OUHSC for four years from the date of completion and after four years, the course will expire. CITI Program will send an email to notify users that the course is due to expire, and CITI Program will automatically enroll you in the required Refresher course; the Refresher course will automatically show up in your “Courses ready to begin” section within your CITI Program dashboard online.