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Responsible Conduct of Research Training for Postdocs

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

All postdoctoral fellows who engage in research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are required to complete RCR training. NIH requires a minimum of 8 hours of RCR training to be completed every 4 years. RCR requirements can be fulfilled through a combination of online training, didactic sessions, and panel discussions to meet federal guidelines. To learn more, visit Responsible Conduct of Research Program page from the Office of Policy Coordination.

Topics covered by the RCR program include: Research Misconduct, Data Acquisition and Management, Human Subjects Protections, Animal Welfare, Mentoring, Authorship, Conflicts of Interest, Collaborative Research, Peer Review, and Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society. 

The three components of the RCR training program are:

  1. The Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) Online Course. You can access this course through the myLearning JHU portal. This course has 7 sections, and completion of all sections is required.
  2. The Research Integrity Colloquia. A series of JHU SOM faculty discussions about perspectives on their approach to and conduction of research with integrity. This series covers a broad spectrum of RCR topics and are held throughout the academic year. Note: Seven  REWards workshops can be substituted for research integrity colloquia.  For equivalency questions, see the Office of Policy Coordination FAQ.
  3. Annual Department/Division Meetings. One department or division meeting per year should be dedicated to a discussion of RCR topics. Visit the Division of Research Integrity's intranet site for information on fulfilling this requirement. You can also earn RCR credit by attending the following JH Data Services workshops: 'Best Practices for Data Management and Sharing' and/or 'Introduction to Reproducible Research' and/or 'Protecting Human Subjects Data.' See below for Spring 2022 list of JH Data Services courses that SOM postdocs can take for RCR credit. For more information and to register, please contact JHU Data Services: 

JH Data Services Spring 2022 courses eligible for RCR credit

  1. Best Practices for Data Management and Sharing (March 29, 11:00am-12:30pm / April 26, 12:00-1:30pm) 
  2. Introduction to Reproducible Research (March 30, 1:00-2:00pm) 
  3. Protecting Human Subject Data Privacy: An Introduction (February 17, 12:00-1:00pm / April 18, 11:00am-12:00pm) 
  4. Protecting Human Subject Data Privacy: De-identification Techniques (April 18, 1:00-2:30pm) 

For more information and registration, please contact JH Data Services:   

For more information about School of Medicine RCR training requirements: RCR Program website.

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