The Center for Bioethics’ Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course is primarily restricted to post doctoral trainees working within Quad based, HMS Faculty laboratories. Please note, in general, we are not able to accommodate requests from the hospital institutions with respect to training their clinical trainees. Exceptions may be considered on an individual basis and can depend on the trainee’s primary funding source. Hospital administrators should look to their own institutions for RCR offerings. A few other options are listed below:
Effective January 2010, the NIH has substantially revised its expectations for what constitutes adequate RCR training. (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-019.html). We have adapted our long-standing course to meet these new guidelines. Most importantly, NIH now requires attendance at 8 of the 9 sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. We recognize most trainees will have an occasional scheduling conflict, and accordingly, we expect individuals to take no longer than 2 years to complete the class coursework. NIH has also discouraged one-day seminar formats to fulfill this training requirement, so no such course will be offered.
Members of the HMS community on an NIH-sponsored training grant must receive compulsory education in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). If you have received RCR training in the past 3 years and can demonstrate the same (typically through the possession of a certificate), you may be relieved from fulfilling this requirement. If you have not completed the training, then you are strongly encouraged to enroll in the course conducted under the auspices of the Division of Medical Ethics within Harvard Medical School.
The course is designed to run as a graduate-style seminar. Each session will be co-facilitated by the course director, research faculty, and administrative deans. This course is meant to provide an opportunity to openly and critically reflect with your peers and others about what responsibility and integrity should mean to the professional scientific community. To that end, you will be expected to have done the readings prior to class and you will be expected to participate in discussion.
The topics covered in any yearly cycle will include:
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The Program in the Practice of Scientific Investigation (PPSI) was established in 1990 by the Division of Medical Ethics to provide education in the responsible conduct of research for post-doctoral research fellows. In 1999, Dean Martin mandated completion of the PPSI for all post-doctoral fellows working in laboratories in the Harvard Medical School Quad, regardless of funding source. The PPSI offers education in the responsible conduct of research to all post-doctoral fellows working in HMS labs.
Sadath A. Sayeed JD, MD
James Gould, PhD
Center for Bioethics
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Boston, MA 02115