IRB & iMedRIS Training
The IRB is happy to arrange a group training for your department or even a one-on-one
training for an individual.
Please contact Margaret Sularin if you are interested in scheduling one of the iMedRIS trainings below.
Beginner IRB & iMedRIS Training
This class is designed for Principal Investigators, Co/Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators who are not familiar with our IRB policies and/or have never submitted electronic studies to the IRB using iMedRIS. We will discuss practical issues, such as UT NetIDs, taking the CITI/NIH course, acquiring administrative approval from our affiliate institutions, obtaining access to iMedRIS, and navigating iMedRIS. We will also review many of our policies, common problem areas, and federal regulatory requirements for conducting research.
Advanced iMedRIS Session
Advanced sessions are designed for Principal Investigators, Co/Sub-Investigators, and Coordinators who have previously submitted forms in iMedRIS and have specific questions about iMedRIS functions, navigating iMedRIS, and relating the IRB processes to iMedRIS. This class can be purely instructional in nature, or hands-on if you have a particular form in iMedRIS that you need assistance in completing. In an effort to coordinate the time required and format of the training, please email your question(s) to Margaret Sularin along with the request for training.
The IRB can come to you and tailor our training to directly meet the needs of your department. We can conduct either of the 2 sessions above, or we can incorporate some of the beginner session with specific departmental issues, such as explaining the difference between exempt and expedited studies.
Required Human Subjects Protection Training
Before a research protocol receives final approval by the UTHSC IRB, all Key Study Personnel (KSP) listed on UTHSC IRB submission, regardless of their position, must complete the web-based Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Course.
Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program
You must take the course that is the most appropriate to your research activities. For example, Investigators and all KSP should take Group 3; IRB Members and Department Chairs should take Group 2; and Research Administrators, IRB Chairs, and IRB staff should take Group 1.
Note: if you are an investigator or other key study personnel and will conduct an NIH-funded clinical trial in the future, you must take the CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) module in addition to Group 3.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Course
The NIH Course is a free, online course that presents information about the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The course satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining Federal funds.
Note, if you are an investigator or other key study personnel and will conduct an NIH-funded clinical trial in the future, you must take the NIH Good Clinical Practice training course in addition to the NIH Protecting Human Research Participants course.
For IRB purposes, certification is good for 3 years for those conducting human subjects research at UTHSC or at our affiliate institutions. Therefore, you must retake the NIH course every 3 years and email your certificate to Melanie Saucier.