University of Pennsylvania

Biomedical Graduate Studies
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Scientific Rigor and Reproducibility (SRR)

MD/PhD Student Requirements

The overview here summarizes activities for both Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Scientific Rigor and Reproducibility (SRR) together. The activities for each are summarized individually, along with the time expended on them, in the respective ‘Modalities’ sections.

First year (MS 1)

  • Lecture: Overview of RCR (typically during a lunch meeting in September)
  • Online:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 1st Year (via KnowledgeLink)

Completion of requirements: No later than December 1

    
Second year (MS 2)

  • Lecture and discussion during Case Studies and Translational Research (CSTR) seminar (Fall)

Completion of requirements: Fall semester

    
Third year (PhD 1)

  • Lecture: Resource Authentication and Transparency (Fall)
  • Workshop:  Research misconduct, data management, and mentor/mentee relationships (Spring; review the relevant case study modules provided in the RCR/SRR website for BGS beforehand)
  • A candidacy exam proposal in which satisfactory attention is given to premise, experimental design, variables, and reagent validation
  • Online:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 2nd Year (via KnowledgeLink)

Completion of requirements: No later than June 30


Third or fourth year

Fourth year (PhD 2)

  • Workshop: Collaborative science, use of animals in research, and use of humans in research (Spring; review the relevant case study modules provided in the RCR/SRR website for BGS beforehand)
  • Online:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 3rd Year (via Knowledgelink)
  • RCR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator
  • SRR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator

Completion of requirements: No later than June 30
 

Fifth year (PhD 3)

  • Workshop: Conflict on interest, responsible authorship/publication, peer review (Spring; review the relevant case study modules provided in the RCR/SRR website for BGS beforehand)
  • Online:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 4th Year (via KnowledgeLink)
  • RCR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator
  • SRR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator

Completion of requirements: No later than June 30
 

Sixth and Seventh year (PhD 4 and, if applicable, PhD 5)

  • RCR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator
  • SRR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator

Completion of requirements: No later than June 1
 

Final year (MS 4)

  • Bioethics and Professionalism week-long course: Confidentiality, informed consent, conflict of interest, and professionalism

Completion of course: February