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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.

Departmental Session

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, and others identified below, 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

What is CITI?
The Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program is a leading online training program maintained by the University of Miami. It offers curricula in human subjects research, animal research, and the responsible conduct of research.
Who has to take CITI?
The training requirement applies to UTHSC faculty, staff, student, residents, fellows, faculty advisors, and department chairs; to anyone conducting human subjects research activities at UTHSC or at our affiliate institutions; and to IRB members and staff. This includes anyone working directly with human subjects or with identifiable data or biological specimens for research purposes under UTHSC auspices. Investigators, research nurses, coordinators, students, technicians working with identifiable data; and faculty advisors and department chairs approving research all need to obtain CITI certification.
How do I log-in?
If you are a first-time CITI user and you are an employee of the University, select Log in through my institution. Next, select University of Tennessee Health Science Center – Memphis from the drop down list and log in with your UT NetID and password; this will allow your training to be entered into the human resources mandatory training database. If you are not an employee of the University and you do not have a UT NetID, you will need to create a CITI account following the online instructions. Remember that your password should consist of 8-50 characters and it is case sensitive.
What if I completed the CITI course at another institution?
You can affiliate your certification with UTHSC by following the online instructions on the CITI website.
Which CITI course do I have to take?

You must take the course that is the most appropriate to your research activities:

  • Investigators and all key study personnel, including faculty advisors,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.
    (If you are key study personnel and you have already taken Group 1 or Group 2 in the last 3 years, you do not have to take Group 3.)

For how long is my certification effective?
For IRB purposes, certification is good for 3 years for those conducting human subjects research at UTHSC or at our affiliate institutions. CITI offers refresher courses for recertification.
Need Assistance?
If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding the CITI training, please call the UTHSC IRB office at (901) 448-4824.

 

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 UTHSC faculty, staff, student, residents, fellows, faculty advisors, and department chairs; to anyone conducting human subjects research activities at UTHSC or at our affiliate institutions; and to IRB members and staff. Faculty advisors and department chairs approving research need to obtain NIH certification. You must retake the NIH course every 3 years.

Last Published: Nov 27, 2017