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C.O.R.E. Course

September 30, 2005

Dear Colleagues,

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has supported an institution-wide initiative to make certain we conduct clinical research that is scientifically sound and protects the human subjects who are our partners in clinical research.  One component of this initiative has been the completion of the accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).  Another component has been to have all faculty and trainees involved with clinical research complete the Course on Research Ethics (C.O.R.E.).

C.O.R.E. covers issues such as scientific integrity as well as the protection of research subjects.  Factual information is covered in the course, but the course also gives us one of the rare opportunities to interact with colleagues from other departments and to reflect on our research.  The course format consists of a web-based pre-conference knowledge assessment, a four-hour instructor-led course consisting of lectures and small group discussions, and a post-conference web-based portion to provide practical information on the ethical issues involved in research protocol development and implementation.

All Principal Investigators of active IRB protocols must complete this course by June 30, 2006.  We are giving you substantial notice because the course dates and class size are limited. We cannot accommodate everyone in the last few months. To make this process as smooth as possible, please register for one of the course dates listed below.  Registration is handled by of the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME). Instructions, registration forms, and additional course information are enclosed.

If you can provide documentation that you have completed one of the other research ethics courses below, you will not need to complete the C.O.R.E. requirement.  To obtain a C.O.R.E. exemption, please send a copy of your transcript or CME certificate to the Office of Research Administration at 733 N. Broadway, BRB Suite 117.

Research Ethics 550.860.01 (School of Public Health)
Research Ethics and Integrity: US and International Issues 366.665.01 (School of Public Health)
Science of Clinical Investigation: Ethical and Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research
Instructors Dr. Norm Fost and Dr. N. Franklin Adkinson.

Sincerely,

Daniel E. Ford, MD, MPH
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine