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Responsible Conduct of Research Program

The School of Medicine is an institution dedicated to truth in pursuit of knowledge through biomedical research, to the transmission of knowledge through teaching, and to the application of medical knowledge to patient care. A spirit of mutual respect and a broad trust that all faculty members, students, and staff share this dedication to scientific integrity are essential values of the School.

- Procedures for Dealing with Issues of Research Misconduct (prior to September 27, 2017)

Program Scope

To sustain the core values of the School and work towards preventing research misconduct and lapses in research integrity, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has established a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program.  This program is designed to educate all faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and staff engaged in research at JHU SOM on topics related to research integrity.  These topics include:

  • Research Misconduct
  • Responsible Authorship
  • Responsible Peer Review
  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Mentoring
  • Collaborative Research
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Responsible Human Subjects and Animal Subjects Research
  • The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society

Program Modules

In practice, the RCR Program takes a multifaceted educational approach, combining online coursework with didactic sessions and panel discussions.  This approach ensures that, as required by federal guidelines, training in the responsible conduct of research is received in various formats and settings from a number of different sources.

The three modules of the RCR Program are:

  1. The Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) Online Course: Registration is available through the myLearning JHU portal.  The online course, developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), is comprised of 7 sections.  Completion of all sections is required.
  2. The Research Integrity Colloquia: In this series, JHU SOM faculty discuss their perspectives on approaching and conducting research with integrity.  Interactive presentations covering a broad spectrum of RCR topics are held over the course of the academic year. (For possible equivalencies, please see our frequently asked questions page.)
  3. Annual Department/Division Meetings: One meeting per year should be dedicated to the discussion of a RCR topic. (Meeting Guidelines) Contact your Department/Division administrator regarding the scheduling of these meetings. Visit the Division of Research Integrity's intranet site for more information on the resources available to help fulfill this requirement.

Training Requirements

All faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and staff engaged in research at JHU SOM are required to complete each RCR training component every 4 years. Completion of the individual components is tracked through myLearning.

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Complete the online RCR CITI Course.
  2. Attend two Research Integrity Colloquia* (formerly the Dean's Research Integrity Lectures).
  3. Attend one Department/Division Meeting where an RCR topic is discussed.

Please contact the Office of Policy Coordination, Division of Research Integrity with questions, or see our frequently asked questions page.

*For possible equivalencies, please see our frequently asked questions page.