University of Pennsylvania

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

Requirements and Modalities for Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Breakdown by year (PhD)

First year

  • Lecture: Overview of RCR at Convocation (Fall)
  • On-line:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 1st Year (via KnowledgeLink)

Completion of requirements: No later than June 1

Validation: Sign-in (lecture) and log-in (on-line).

Second year

  • Workshop:  Research misconduct, data management, and mentor/mentee relationships (Spring)
  • On-line:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 2nd Year (via KnowledgeLink)

Completion of requirements: No later than June 1

Validation: Sign-in (workshop) and log-in (on-line)

    
Third year

  • Workshop: Collaborative science, use of animals in research, and use of humans in research (Spring)
  • On-line:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 3rd Year (via KnowledgeLink)
  • RCR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator

Completion of requirements: No later than June 1

Validation: Sign-in (workshop), log-in (on-line), and PI validation by through web-based mechanism (lab meeting)

    
Fourth year

  • Workshop: Conflict on interest, responsible authorship/publication, peer review (Spring)
  • On-line:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 4th Year (via KnowledgeLink)
  • RCR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator

Completion of requirements: No later than June 1

Validation: Sign-in (workshop), log-in (on-line), and PI validation by through web-based mechanism (lab meeting)

Fifth year

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

Completion of requirements: No later than June 1

Validation: PI validation by through web-based mechanism

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Breakdown by hours (PhD)

Activity Time Expended
(hours)
Year 1  
Lecture: Overview of RCR at Convocation 0.5
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 1st Year 1
Year 2  
Workshop:  Research misconduct, data management, and mentor/mentee relationships 1.5
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 2nd Year 1
Year 3  
Workshop:  Collaborative science, use of animals in research, and use of humans in research 1.5
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 3rd Year 1
RCR-focused lab meeting 1.5
Year 4  
Workshop: Conflict of interest, responsible authorship/publication, peer review 1.5
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 4th Year 1
RCR-focused lab meeting 1.5
Year 5  
RCR-focused lab meeting 1.5
   
  13.5 hours*

* A minimum of 9.5 hours are spent in 'face-to-face' settings (lecture, workshops, and RCR-focused lab meetings). The minimum and total value are likely higher given a student’s attendance at lab meetings and hence a likelihood of RCR-focused lab meetings in years 1 and 2 for rotation work.

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Breakdown by year (MD/PhD)

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 June 1

Validation: Sign-in (lecture) and log-in (on-line).

    
Second year (MS 2)

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

Completion of requirements: Fall semester

Validation: Sign-in (seminar course attendance).

    
Third year (PhD 1)

  • Workshop:  Research misconduct, data management, and mentor/mentee relationships (Spring)
  • Online:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 2nd Year (via KnowledgeLink)

Completion of requirements: No later than June 30

Validation: Sign-in (workshop) and log-in (on-line).
 

Fourth year (PhD 2)

  • Workshop: Collaborative science, use of animals in research, and use of humans in research (Spring)
  • Online:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 3rd Year (via Knowledgelink)
  • RCR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator

Completion of requirements: No later than June 30

Validation: Sign-in (workshop), log-in (on-line), and PI validation by through web-based mechanism (lab meeting).
 

Fifth year (PhD 3)

  • Workshop: Conflict on interest, responsible authorship/publication, peer review (Spring)
  • Online:  Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 4th Year (via KnowledgeLink)
  • RCR-focused lab meeting: Topic(s) to be chosen by Principal Investigator

Completion of requirements: No later than June 30

Validation: Sign-in (workshop), log-in (on-line), and PI validation by through web-based mechanism (lab meeting).
 

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

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

Completion of requirements: No later than June 1

Validation: PI validation by through web-based mechanism.
 

Final year (MS 4)

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

Completion of course: February

Validation: Sign-in (week long course attendance).

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Breakdown by hours (MD/PhD)

Activity Time Expended (hours)
Year 1  
Lecture: Overview of RCR at fall lunch meeting 0.75
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 1st Year 1
Year 2  
CSTR fall seminar course: human subjects, including children; intellectual property; ethics of translational research 6
Year 3  
Workshop:  Research misconduct, data management, and mentor/mentee relationships 1.5
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 2nd Year 1
Year 4  
Workshop:  Collaborative science, use of animals in research, and use of humans in research 1.5
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 3rd Year 1
RCR-focused lab meeting 1
Year 5  
Workshop: Conflict of interest, responsible authorship/publication, peer review 1.5
Online: Responsible Conduct of Research BGS 4th Year 1
RCR-focused lab meeting 1.5
Year 6  
RCR-focused lab meeting 1.5
Year 7  
RCR-focused lab meeting 1.5
Year 8  
Lecture: MD Bioethics and Professionalism week-long course: confidentiality; informed consent; conflict of interest; professionalism 11.5
Discussion: MD Bioethics and Professionalism week-long course: confidentiality; informed consent; conflict of interest; professionalism 17.5
  46.75 hours*

*In an 8 year curriculum, typically a minimum of 42.75 hours are spent in 'face-to-face' settings (lecture, workshops, and RCR-focused lab meetings).  Students may be engaged in additional RCR-focused lab meetings during lab rotations (typically summer between Years 1 and 2 and also during Year 3)

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