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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Fellows' Career Development

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Fellows' Career Development

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NIH requires a minimum of 8 hours RCR training over the course of your fellowship. Six hours must be completed within the first year. It is the Fellow’s responsibility to notify the Office of Fellows’ Career Development (OFCD) upon completion of the Reproducibility Training, Introduction to “My Laboratory”, and the elective training requirement. You will be prompted to enter in the dates of your training on your 1-year IDP renewal document.

Required Training Credit Hours When To Take Training
Responsible Conduct of Research: Online training module within 3 weeks of arrival 1 hour Once, within 3 weeks of arrival
Annual Review of Ethics Cases: Institute facilitated review of cases identified for that year, to be arranged by David Resnik, J.D., Ph.D. 1 hour Annually, usually offered in Sept. & Oct.
Discussion of Ethical Research Practices: Institute offered in-person discussions to be arranged by NIEHS Bioethicist, David Resnik, J.D., Ph.D. 6 hours

Once, within the first year of arrival

The Discussion course is offered in the spring and fall.

Elective Training Credit Hours When To Take Training

Research Mentor Training (RMT): Offered annually (in May & June) by the Office of Fellows' Career Development

3 hours

The RMT course has 4 classes that run from May-June

Introduction to "My Laboratory":
Training by Mentor in lab group meeting. Lab head spends one group meeting going over expectations of behavior, record keeping, etc. 

1 hour

Once, soon after arrival

Additional elective training choices: online videos (such as Reproducibility Training) or courses offered by the NIH library; specific courses tailored for clinical trainees; Bioethics lectures 1 hour Elective
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